PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, History, Government and politics, Economy, Population, Language, Religion, Education, Music Chapter 2 Wildlife Guide Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Ornithological Itineraries Chapter 3 Practical Information When to visit, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist information, Red tape, Getting there and away, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festival days, Shopping, Nightlife, Media and communications, Local interaction, Responsible tourism, Safety, Women travellers, LGBT travellers, Health, Preparations, Medical problems, Other safety concerns PART TWO ADDIS ABABA AND SURROUNDS Chapter 4 Addis Ababa History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Maps, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Cinema, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do Chapter 5 Around Addis Ababa East towards Bishoftu and Adama, South towards Butajira and Hosanna, West towards Ambo and Mount Wenchi, North towards Debre Libanos and the Blue Nile Gorge PART THREE NORTHERN ETHIOPIA Chapter 6 Bahir Dar & Lake Tana Dejen to Bahir Dar, Benishangul-Gumuz Region Bahir Dar, Lake Tana, Monasteries of southern Lake Tana, Bahir Dar to Gondar by road, Gorgora and northern Lake Tana Chapter 7 Gondar & the Simien Mountains Gondar, Debark, Simien Mountains National Park, Addis Chapter 8 Axum & Surrounds Shire Inda Selassie, Axum, Adwa and surrounds Chapter 9 Northeast Tigrai & its rock-hewn churches Adigrat, Rockhewn churches between Adigrat and Wukro, Wukro and surrounds, Hawzen and the Gheralta Escarpment, Abiy Addi and the Tembien Chapter 10 Mekele & the Danakil Mekele, Danakil, The Djibouti-Awash Road Chapter 11 Lalibela and surrounds Through routes to Lalibela from Tigrai and Western Amhara, Lalibela, Around Lalibela, Chapter 12 Dessie & Southeast Amhara Hayk, Dessie, Kombolcha, Bati, Dessie to Addis Ababa via Debre Berhan, The Dessie-Gundewein Road PART FOUR SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA Chapter 13 Awash National Park, Harar and Eastern Highlands Awash National Park, Awash to Harar and Dire Dawa by road, Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga Chapter 14 Bale and the Southeast Towards Bale Mountains, Bale Mountains and surrounds, Southeastern birding route, South towards Moyale Chapter 15 The Southern Rift Valley Lakes Ziway, Lakes Langano, Abijatta and Shalla, Lephis Forest, Shashemene, Hawassa, Sodo, Arba Minch and surrounds Chapter 16 Konso and South Omo Travel practicalities, Karat-Konso, Along the Konso-Jinka road, Jinka, Hamer country: Dimeka, Turmi and Arbore, Omorate and the Omo River Chapter 17 Southwest Ethiopia The Western Highlands, Gambella region, Benishangul-Gumuz region Appendices Language Glossary Key historical and legendary figures in Ethiopia Some Ethiopian transcriptions of place names Further info Index
Guidebook writer and Africa expert Philip Briggs first backpacked through East Africa in 1986. He undertook a pioneering 4-month trip to Ethiopia in 1994, only two years after the end of the civil war that brought about the fall of the oppressive Derg dictatorship, to research the first edition of the Bradt guide to this fascinating and but then little-known country. He has since returned to Ethiopia on several occasions to research subsequent editions of the Bradt guide, in the process documenting the country's transformation from one of Africa's most challenging travel goals to a bona fide tourist destination. Ethiopia aside, Philip has written and co-authored more than a dozen Bradt guides to other destinations, most of them in Africa, and he has contributed to many other books, travel and wildlife magazines.
'Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia...a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide.' Travel Africa 'An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia.' The Guardian 'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country.' The Daily Telegraph 'The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country.' SX News 'Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter.' Business in Africa 'Readable, practical and authoritative' Bird Watching 'Offers an excellent and thorough overview of the country' The Times 'This guide gives detailed information on wildlife, national parks and trekking routes.' Trek & Mountain Recommended reading by National Geographic Traveller 'The best guidebook is one of the two editions by Philip Briggs; other options contain lots of mistakes.' The Sunday Telegraph 'Worth its weight in birr.' Mail on Sunday