Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Ethiopia (Lalibella, Simien Mountain and Gondar) week-end adventure
November 16 to 18, 2018

Last among the 3 Summer Africa week-end solo trip following the success of 4 consecutive week-ends only in Southern Europe last Sept. 2018 to maximize the Schengen Visa validity. Week-end adventure never ends indeed from 2018 Summer Europe to 2018 Summer Africa. My 10th country to visit in the Continent of Africa following the Mauritius just last week-end, 67th solo backpacking trip, total of 85th countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. On this trip also I started to create the #lakbay100 quest to visit 100 countries as Philippine Passport holder.


Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia (Injera at airport resto for $3)

ETHIOPIA
timezone - UTC +0300H    capital - Addis Ababa    language - Amharic   currency - Birr (ETB) 1 USD = 27 ETB
visa - Philippine passport holders are eligible for E-Visa for 30-days single entry ($52)

Ethiopia is one of the main destinations for tourists exploring the Horn of Africa. It has a beautiful blend of cultures and delicious exotic dishes. Currently, travelers with e-Visa are allowed to enter Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports of entry is not allowed. The validity of Ethiopian e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia not from date of issue.

https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ETHIOPIA
1. Ethiopia is the second most-populous country in Africa
2. Addis Ababa, the capital city, is the highest capital city in Africa, at 2,400 metres.
3. About 70% of the mountains of Africa are in this country.
4. Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. 
5. The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months and it is 7 ½ years behind the Gregorian calendar. New Year in Ethiopia starts on 11th September and a day later in a leap year.
6. This country has been mentioned severally in the Bible and the Quran.


Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

3 DAYS WEEK-END SUMMER TRIP IN ETHIOPIA PREPARATION AND ITINERARY (NOV. 2018)

Preparation:
Ethiopia E-Visa 191 AED ($52)
Nov. 16 Flight Dubai to Lalibela 370 AED
Nov. 17 Flight Lalibela to Gonder 100 AED
Nov. 18 Flight Gonder to Dubai 370
Haileramariam Homestay (payment upon arrival)
Total: 1,031 AED​​
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Day 1: November 16, 2018 Friday
0200H ETA Dubai; taxi to Dubai Airport Terminal 1 30 AED
0540H ETD Dubai; flight ET 613
0900H ETA Addis Ababa; 2.5hr transit; Exchange $100 = 2,781 ETB
1140H ETD Addis Ababa; flight ET 120
1240H ETA Lalibella; airport van pick up 100; Hostel check-in single room 420
Lalibella church visits walk tour (2,300masl); dinner 230
1800H back to Hostel
Total: 750 Birr

Day 2: November 17, 2018 Saturday
0730H ETD Hostel; breakfast 250; Lalibella Tour Saturday market; back to hostel
0930H ETD Hostel; airport shuttle wait in LAL Hotel
1030H ETD Lalibella Town; airport shuttle 100
1320H ETD Lalibella; flight ET 123
1400H ETA Gondar; car pool to bus station 200
1500H ETD Gondar; van to Debark 100
1700H ETA Debark (2,700masl); Giant Lilian Hotel single room 1N 400
Query to day-trip hike to Simien Mountain is very expensive - all inclusive (guide, ranger, entrance fee, roundtrip car to entrance and lunch, 0830H-1200H for negotiated $150); dinner 130
Total: 1,180 Birr

Day 3: November 18, 2018 Sunday
0630H ETD Hostel; walk to Simien Mountains road to entrance; photo-ops
tuktuk hitch-hike 10; back to Hostel
1000H ETD Hostel; walk to van terminal
1030H ETD Debark; van to Gondar 100
1230H ETA Gondar Castle 200
1330H ETD Gondar; tuktuk to airport 100
1400H ETA Gondar Airport; lunch 117
1700H ETD Gondar; flight ET 115
1800H ETA Addis Ababa; 3.5hr transit
2145H ETD Addis Ababa; flight ET 600
0255H ETA Dubai; Taxi Pool to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station 60 AED
Total: 527 Birr

GRAND TOTAL: 750 + 1,180 + 527 = 2,457 ETB ($90) + 1,031 ($281) = $371

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

Summer Africa 3rd Week-end Solo Trip: UNESCO sites of Ethiopia

1st Day: Afternoon in Lalibella

1 comment:

much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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