Mobile cells network
The network is enabled for international roaming with GSM 900, therefore it is usually possible to use your own mobile to receive phone calls and call. However, for the travelers that need to be always reachable, it is advisable to buy and Ethiopian Sim card at Ethio Telecom shops. Photo and copy of passport are needed.
Water and light
Basic services in Ethiopia are still developing, therefore sometimes water and lights can be interrupted. Medir Tour chooses accommodations that are usually willing to supply these interruptions; however we cannot confirm that there will not be problems with these basic services, and Medir Tour cannot be considered responsible for them.
Ethiopian food is based on a kind of pancake, injera, made by a local grain, called teff, that is served with different stews of meat and vegetables. In hotels also international food is served.
There are no mandatory vaccinations; however it can be advisable malaria preventive care for the tours in the South and West.
Also in Ethiopia the effects of the climate change are becoming visible, however the rainy seasons are quite defined, but they change according to the areas and altitudes.
June-August: it is the season of the great rains in the North. Even if one rain per day is very common, especially in the late afternoon, the visits can be done without big problems. The visit at Simien Mountains National Park is the only not recommended visit.
In the South it can rain, but shortly and not very intensively.
April-May: the season of the big rains in the South, Rift Valley and Omo Valley. Some roads can be interrupted.
The agency provides igloo tents Ferrino, Nova or Bertoni, with mattress and cover, shower tent, tables and camping chairs. We do not provide sleeping bags. During the expeditions we provide cold meals at lunch time and cooked meals in the evening, prepared by our cook. The water is purified or mineral.
Payments for pictures and donations
It is always advisable to ask permission to take a picture. In some areas, especially for the tribe in the South, they ask for money for each picture taken, and the payment needs to be agreed with the person. We suggest not to pay when money is not asked and not to give candies or clothes to the kids on the street or in the country side, to not unsettle their daily life (they often leave school to follow the tourists).
Please talk to our guide if you wish to make donations to schools or other organizations.
It is usually possible to take pictures of the celebration of Ethiopian Orthodox church, but we believe that it is good to keep a respectful distance.
This is also valid for Muslim celebrations.
In Ethiopia expecting a tip for a service provided is a common habit, but it is advisable to follow a criteria for the amount given, because this will influence the expectation towards the tourists that will come after you. We suggest you to talk to your guide for the tips to give for a small services, such as porters, waiters and similar. In case of big groups it is easier to collect some money to give to the guide that will take care of it.
Also our staff expects a tip at the end of the tour; but of course it is a personal choice of our clients, if you wish to have an approximate amount of the usual tips please do not hesitate to contact us.
Casual and light clothes and comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses. Something warm for the night and a rainy jacket.
We suggest you to bring an extra pair of socks to be used in the churches, where it is mandatory to remove the shoes to get in. It is advisable to enter in the churches with appropriate clothes, especially during ceremonies.
It is useful to bring a small torch for camping but also to see better the paintings in the churches that are usually quite dark.
In the Orthodox church removing the shoes is mandatory. To reduce the risk to catch fleas or other bugs it is advisable to use an extra pair of socks or repellents.