Ethiopia FAQs

If Ethiopia is poor, what is there to see?

Although many still imagine Ethiopia as a country of starving emaciated children with extended bellies that is far from accurate. The country has made great economic strides to improve its citizens' lives. Given Ethiopia's ancient history going back to biblical times there is a great deal of history and unique cultures to explore. Plus there are 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites you won't want to miss.

Is Ethiopia safe?

Generally speaking Addis Ababa is one of the safest capital cities in Africa. Violent crime is rare although pickpockets are known to take advantage of crowded conditions or distracted moments. Outside Addis Ababa crime of any sort is extremely rare.  

Do people in Ethiopia live in huts?

Yes, some people in rural parts of Ethiopia do live in huts called “tukul”. Although recently many rural Ethiopians have increasingly starting building simple one or two-room homes with tin roofs. Many of these people are farmers, herdsmen and nomads living a more traditional lifestyle. There are no huts in the capital Addis Ababa but plenty of modern high rises.  

What do Ethiopians eat?

Traditional Ethiopian food is typically stewed lentils and vegetables or spicy red meat served atop injera. Injera is a flatbread made of fermented teff grain giving it a sourdough sort of flavor. Teff flour the main ingredient in injera is gluten-free and healthy.   

Do many people speak English?

The national language of Ethiopia is Amharic but in the capital of Addis Ababa you will encounter a fair amount of English-speaking Ethiopians. Outside Addis Ababa it is less common to find someone who is English-speaking unless they work in the tourism or NGO sector.  

Why visit Ethiopia with Travel Africa Tours instead of alone?

It is possible to travel independently in Ethiopia although one might need to rent a vehicle with driver to get many places as the transport does not connect everywhere. We recommend visiting Ethiopia with us so you have a knowledgeable guide to navigate the roads, challenges and facilitate communication with locals. Plus our affordability and attention to detail is unmatched in Ethiopia. We listen to you, to create an unforgettable experience.