African sunrise on Lake Tana
Ethiopia It is one of those complicated travel countries where you are grateful to have a small practical advice guide That makes it a little easier. With that idea, and after a month traveling on that land with my backpack, I tell you some things that I consider may be useful in the preparation of your trip.
It seems obvious but I still see people carrying a huge backpack or a wheel bag that gets stuck with the slightest accident on the ground. If you want to explore Ethiopia In depth, you need some agility of movement. Your ideal travel companion is a medium-sized backpack that does not contain more than necessary.
You will appreciate it when making the trekkings, but, above all, when you have to take vans and buses. There are many times that you will end up with luggage on your legs in a real can of sardines. If you carry a big suitcase or backpack you may be lucky and she travels on the roof of the vehicle, but it is not always the case. In addition, you will usually have to pay an extra (to negotiate with the wallet on duty).
As for the issue of taking you A tent, I do not advise you. There are very good hiking trails in the country but you can rent what you need to do them. In other places you can find accommodation at very low prices.
Take water purification tablets
This is good advice if you decide to explore on foot some of the beautiful landscapes of Ethiopia. During the walks you will find villages here and there but their water will come from streams, rivers or springs and will not be suitable for our consumption, since we are not accustomed to the bacteria found in it.
We spent a week traveling in places of this type and they came in great.
Learn some words in Amharic
Although they speak almost two hundred languages and dialects in Ethiopia, the Amharic is official and is the most widespread. English is also taught from elementary school but there are many who do not master it very well.
Nor do you need to know how to speak it perfectly but be able to say things like: thanks, what's your name, hello, goodbye, water, food, room, hotel, etc ... It can be very useful in some lost villages and it will also make you earn the trust and friendship of the Ethiopians, who appreciate the effort in a very enthusiastic way.