A night out in Addis

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:04:05 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

The early evening hours of Saturday July 16 was vibrant as any weekend night. Addis Ababans were ready to party and spend their happy hours in the different hangouts spots and night clubs. In Bole area, there are plenty of entertainment spots in close proximity. People have a wide variety of choices ranging from dancing clubs to watching performances or a place where they can just sit to have drinks with friends. Club H2O, which is located off Mickey Leland Street around Atlas area, is one of th…


Ghana kicks off visa-on-arrival for all African Union travellers

Wednesday 6th of July 2016 01:09:43 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

(News24)- Ghana has kicked off offering visas upon arrival to all African nationals, a step towards creating a continent-wide zone of free movement. This, shortly after the African Union announced they will be launching an electronic passport, or e-passport, at the next AU Summit tabled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016. These e-passports will initially be available only to heads of state, government ministers and permanent representatives of member countries at the AU. Ghana rolled…


Tourism revenue remains modest

Tuesday 31st of May 2016 07:45:11 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

Ethiopia’s tourism industry’s overall revenue falls below target, the government figures show. According to the latest figures from Culture and Tourism, 700 000 foreign visitors arrived in Ethiopia during the last nine months, generating $2.6 billion for the economy. The ministry said this represent only 88 percent of the stated goal. The country aims to triple its number of foreign visitors to more than 2.5 million by 2020, in its ultimate goal to tourism a pillar of its economy. Ye…


Only one hotel scores four stars in Amhara region

Monday 21st of March 2016 11:27:33 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism revealed its ratings of hotels in the Amhara region and only one hotel has fulfilled the four-star criteria.The regions’ 58 existing and newer hotels were assessed but only 12 hotels were rated. The ratings by the Ministry places Bahir Dar’s Avanti Blue Nile Hotel as a four star hotel, making it the only hotel brands in the region to receive the distinction. Avanti, owned by the Ethiopian business tycoon Al-Amoudi, was opened three yea…


The praise singer in the mountain

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 06:06:06 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

Maré is a singing Azmari (wandering minstrel, or praise-singer to be precise). He lives in Abergina, one of the rare villages high in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia. He, like many of the farmers in the region, has to scrape a living from his steep and sometimes unfertile patches. He raises his five children cultivating barely in this hostile and eroded terrains. To supplement his income, he trudges along quite creeks and hollows in search appreciative audiences, carrying his masenko (si…


Travel to the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Friday 8th of January 2016 09:41:07 AM  |  Diretube

We are barely an hour south of Addis Ababa and already the landscape has changed so immensely it’s unrecognizable – the skyscrapers, convoluted traffic circles, and idling taxis replaced by scruffy acacia and protruding termite mounds. Colorfully painted Oromo tombs line the roadside and camels tower over clusters of goats and donkeys in rare swathes of shade. A priest in ivory-colored robes atop a horse draped with bouncing burgundy pompoms trots past my window. I’m on my way to a lake d…


Awash diary: notes from animals and birds adventure

Friday 8th of January 2016 02:40:42 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

This past Sunday, I’ve had the chance to accompany a French couple to the north-east of the Awash National Park, around the Blen Hot springs. Taking the direction of Djibouti, we passed Awash Arba, a popular stopover with truck drivers in the late afternoon. We then passed a sleepy village called Andido, 267km from Addis. A number of low-rise nomad houses could be seen here and there. On the right side, there is a signboard indicating Alledeghe wildlife reserve area. We turned left instead…


Growth prospects for Ethiopian honey

Monday 4th of January 2016 01:40:57 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

On a Friday in January, Adugna Akal is standing in her unassuming stall, filled with green plastic containers, located in the centre of Lalibela town waiting for clients. The self-employed mother of five children has been selling honey for the past fourteen years, both in crude and pure forms. Adugna, a woman of medium height, with bare forehead, sources her honey from the highland Ayina village, Bugna province, 60 kms south of Lalibela, renowned for its production of natural honey. “The…


The Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve inaugurated

Friday 4th of December 2015 05:10:48 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

The UNESCO Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve was officially inaugurated yesterday, December 4 in Bahir Dar town, the capital of the Amhara region, located on the southern shore of the lake. Implemented by the Amhara Regional Government, the Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), BirdLife Partner in Germany and Michael Succow Foundation, the project ‘For People and Nature: Establishment of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Lake Tana in Ethiopia’, aims to establish a biosphere reserv…


Lidetu Ayalew to construct a hotel in Lalibela

Thursday 19th of November 2015 07:22:43 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

The former leader of the moderate opposition party United Ethiopian Democratic Party (Medhin) Lidetu Ayalew purchased a 6,000 square metres land on the outskirts of Lalibela, a town famous rock-hewn churches and is planning on constructing a hotel. Lidetu, who retired from his party leadership in 2011, plans to build a 50-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a restaurant. With some partners from abroad, Lidetu will start the construction located atop Mekane Lelit Mountain in few months&rsqu…


French tour operators and travel agents visit Ethiopia’s tourist attractions

Monday 12th of October 2015 07:46:40 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

The group of 18, who included tour operators, travel agents and photographers, arrived on Saturday morning in Addis Ababa. On the same morning, they flew to Lalibela, holy site encompassing 11 medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century. They are on their way to visit the hill castles of Gondar and the Lake Tana regions with renowned monasteries. Among the tour operators represented were Voygeurs du Monde, Carrefour Voyages, 3Mundi, BCD Travel, Thomas Cook France, Boiloris, Bourse de Vo…


Ethiopian hires a bevy of Chinese hostess

Saturday 10th of October 2015 02:04:43 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

African carrier Ethiopian Airlines has hired Chinese flight attendants for the first time in its history. As the number of flights between Ethiopia and China increases, Ethiopian Airlines decided to hire the Chinese speaking stewardesses to better serve their customers, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) reported. Tewolde GebreMariam, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, explained that the company needed the Chinese air hostesses to attend to the needs of its growing Chinese passengers.


More photos from Ireecha celebrations

Monday 5th of October 2015 01:46:03 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel


The Irreacha celebration in Bishoftu

Sunday 4th of October 2015 08:42:41 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

Today is the day I finally saw the Oromo National Thanksgiving day-Irreacha in action. Having gotten up at 5.00 a.m. in the morning from Shola area, I have used taxi and bus to get in Bisohftu (Debre Zeit). The centre of town fills to bursting with visitors and pilgrims and the road was blocked for cars, which means around 40 minutes’ walk to the place of the ceremony.


America in My Own Words…My Impression as USG Alumnus

Friday 2nd of October 2015 06:55:14 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

The most overpowering experience visiting a new place is perhaps the cultural shock one ought to go through before a semblance of normalcy sink in. I lived through one or two such incidents during my inaugural visit to the United States back in the mid 1990s, when I went there for a fellowship in journalism. Growing up in the bustling yet crowded city of Addis Ababa, a momentary life experience in the suburb of Akron, Ohio, was like landing on a different planet. It took me a couple of weeks to…