OTHER AFFORDABLE TOURING OPTIONS

 

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 Sometimes amounts of payment requested by some agencies in Ethiopia tend to discourage some tourists from visiting places or sites they are interested in. Some however resort to other options which will allow them to proceed with their tours at a minimal cost.

After all, the factors that result in higher charges by tour agencies are well known: an agency will consider due taxes, administration and other related costs and, of course profit. By avoiding paying for these, some tourists manage their own tours. In this page we will provide you with some options you can consider.

1.Using public transportation

As tour agencies normally tend to charge up to 100 USD per day for vehicles rent, using other modes of transportation will reduce your costs significantly. There are two kinds of options you can resort to:

The first option is resorting to long distance buses used by the general public in Ethiopia. Some buses are comfortable while others are not. You will have to select which bus to board on. Some tourist have expressed that they liked this option of travelling the Ethiopian way.

Option two is using buses specifically targeting tourists. These are buses who have a bathroom, snack services and air conditioners. They make stops at places where tourists would like to visit and based on your demand, the experienced driver can guide you all the way to your destination. Unlike the public buses in Ethiopia, you will need to make reservations for seats and pay in advance to get on these special buses. Go to Distances buses information for contact information.

 

2. Using rental cars

The disadvantage of using mass transportation is that you cannot make as many stops as you would like to take pictures or have a quick picnic. For example toursits would like to make several stops on their way to Harrar because of the beautiful landscapes, different cultures, lakes, camels and breath taking views from mountain top that they come accross.

Using rented cars in Ethiopia with an experienced driver tends to solve this problem. It is however essential to pick the right car rental agency, the car meeting your needs( depending on your destination you can use small automobiles instead of 4WD or SUVs to minimize cost) and an experienced driver. Some car rentals tend to charge tourist more than the normal rate which requires advise. EVG Advise for tourists in Ethiopia will help you with this 24 hours a day 7 days a week by providing you with information.

 

Having dealt in such a way with the transportation issues, what remains for you is to reserve your accommodation( go to our accommodation options for tourists in Ethiopia for details) and, when necessary, a tour guide ( go to our tour guide and translation options for tourists in Ethiopia) meeting your budget and personal requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: AS IN MANY COUNTRIES,SOME PARTS OF ETHIOPIA MIGHT INVOLVE NATURAL AND SECURITY RISKS AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED WITHOUT THE COMPANY OF AN EXPERIENCED GUIDE AND IN SOME CASES MILITARY ESCORT. IN SUCH CASES SELF ORGANIZED TRIPS SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED AND YOU WILL BE WELL ADVISED TO USE A RELIABLE TOUR AND TRAVEL AGENCY.

The following links are useful for tourists in Ethiopia:

- Climate, health and weither information for tourists in Ethiopia

- Security information in different parts of Ethiopia for tourists.

 

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