A lot of people ask me what will we eat. Food is the last thing you need to worry about. All along the way there are restaurants made keeping the Western tourist in mind which serve good and hygienic food including western breakfast. Ethiopia is a country with rich natural resources. My clients have always told me that the fruits here taste amazing and out of the world. We get fruits all along the way. Even in the tribal area. The Ethiopian cuisine is amongst the most delicious cuisines around the world. I promise you, there will be no complain about food. There are a lot of good places were we can get food. If you still think it can be an issue we can buy or you can get canned food for the journey. I will provide you with fire if you feel like cooking. My clients bring canned food but end up eating the local food! I am sure you will fall in love with the food here.
At Jinka we will stay at a level of accommodation that meets your needs. If access to internet is important please let us know so we can take you to a hotel with wifi. At times internet is intermittent even in places with power and after Jinka you will be without internet for the most part. Beyond Jinka, we will be staying in my tents and sleeping bags. The locations of our camp sites are out of the world. We will be staying at few of the most exotic location you would ever wake up to!
Electricity is not a problem until we leave Jinka. After Jinka, we might find electricity in some locations but I recommend you to get extra batteries and car chargers. A simple double USB charger for a car will keep your camera batteries charged. Don't let your batteries die in Omo Valley!
There are banks in Addis Ababa and Arbaminch where you can convert the currencies. So don't stress about converting the currencies before you come here. Ethiopia is a very tourist friendly and a safe country. I don't think you need to worry about people stealing and robbing you but at the same time its always important to be smart and careful.
We get packed mineral water all along the way. We will buy loads of water when we start our journey. This is the one thing I ask my tourist to be careful about. I recommend that you only drink water from the packed bottles. There are solar kiosks in some locations where we can purchase cold water and beverages as well.
Things to carry:
- SUN BLOCK! Be prepared. Though we can often find sunblock,it is not res-stocked on shelves in Ethiopia like it is in your land.
- Light cloths
- Mosquito repellent sprays and ointments (seasonal)
- Extra Batteries
- Swiss Knife or a pocket tool kit
- Canned food (If you need)
- Shoes and sandals
- Flash light
- Wide brimmed hats are recommended
- If you are a photographer or a researcher, I understand that you will have a lot of equipment. I have a car which will carry everything you bring.