HOW TO GET THERE Ethiopian Airlines, the national carrier, flies direct from most major
cities in Europe and many cities in the U.S.
PLACES TO S TAY Ethiopia does not have a lot of luxury accommodations, but there are a few
gems, including the Simien Mountain Lodge, Gheralta Lodge (in the Tigray region) and the
recently opened Bale Mountain Lodge (a one-day drive from Addis). The Sheraton in Addis is
the best hotel in town; the Hilton Hotel in Addis has quirky character and charm, with a lovely
garden and an atmospheric bar. simiens.com, gheraltalodgetigrai.com, balemountainlodge.com
• Make sure you’re up to date with inoculations, and remember that malaria is prevalent
below 6,500 feet (primarily in the south).
• It can be cool in the highlands and in the Simien Mountains at night, so pack warm clothes.
• Do bring unwanted clothes and educational materials, as numerous schools and
orphanages here gratefully accept donations.
• Come with patience, good humor and your dancing shoes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised
how friendly and hospitable Ethiopians are — and how much they love to dance.
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