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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 4th edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thorough and reassuring [this guide] provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this magical country."
--The Daily Telegraph

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With typically infectious enthusiasm, Philip Briggs introduces a country whose endearing people and rich heritage confound common expectations of desert and drought. Comprehensive background information and full details of "new" off-the-beaten-track locations--like the highlands of the Guassa Plateau, refuge to the endangered Ethiopian wolf--make this the essential guide to a country full of surprises.

*Historical sites, including the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela--the unofficial eighth wonder of the world

*National parks and mountain regions

*Detailed information on culture, history, and wildlife

*Where to stay and what to eat

*Amharigna language section

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The cultural information and language suggestions were very helpful.
Judith S Cendan
The book makes it seem like one is necessary, to ward off throngs of children if nothing else, but I roamed peacefully and had a great time.
Emmanuel Norris
The Bradt guide to Ethiopia is hands down the best guide book I have ever used for any country, and I own a lot of guide books.
London traveller

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
Although I haven't yet travelled to Ethiopia, I have read the book several times to enable me to plan an itinerary. The book is essential reading for those wishing to travel to Ethiopia. ANY information on Ethiopia is scarce and the excellent conversational style of the author makes for an enjoyable and, at times, humorous read. Compared to other travel books on Ethiopia, this book is unsurpassed in providing positive down-to-earth information without glossing over the negative aspects of travel in this country. I am sure the 'mud maps' of major towns, accommodation and dining out information will prove invaluable to the independant traveller. And if you are interested in wildlife the author obviously has a sound knowledge of this topic, particularly the birdsof East Africa. He provides comprehensive summaries, scattered through the body of the text, on the birdlife (and other wildlife) you can expect to see in different habitats of the country.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Nalle on February 6, 2006
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I am planning my third trip to Ethiopia, and Philip Briggs' 4th edition of Ethiopia: The Bradt Travel Guide has proved to be indispensable. I have used his previous guidebook editions on my trips, and his information and tips are always exactly right. As an extra added bonus, he is an entertaining and perceptive writer, and the books are fun to read as well. This is the only book a traveler needs for a trip to Ethiopia.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bortukan on February 25, 2003
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This is the most recent and most useful of the small number of guidebooks for Ethiopia available in the U.S. Descriptions of places to see were clear and informative, and the sections on how to get around, where to stay, good places to eat, and other tips for each town were accurate and well-researched. This book also contains useful sketch maps of many towns; these are now FAR more accurate than those in older editions, and I found them easier to use than similar maps found in other guides. There is also a thoughtful section on general issues related to travel in Ethiopia. I found this far superior to the other commonly available guides I own for information on Addis Ababa, the so-called "historical circuit," and the lowland desert areas (information on this last region is pretty scarce, but this book has more than others). The book is focused on providing useful travel information and not on long descriptions or photographs; if an informative guidebook to use while travelling is what you're looking for, this one is your best bet. (Be sure to get the newest edition, though-- the previous ones weren't nearly as good!)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
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In preparing for a trip to Ethiopia, I found information about the country both scarce and scant. Phillip Briggs' guide has become a valuable tool for planning and introduction to this remote area of Africa. The fourteen chapters cover everything from history and culture to tourist information, health preparations and travel specifics for nine distinct areas of the country. Though Mr. Briggs admits that he found it very difficult to find pertinent information about Ethiopia, the factual portions of the book are both readable and accurate. It is, however, the specific information for the traveler in Ethiopia that is most valuable. In a very readable style, the author relates, for each area, information about climate, routes, sightseeing, transportation, accommodations, food, religion, local practices, parks, wildlife, and specific topics of interest. The humor of the writer makes this guide very interesting and readable. His maps of each of the areas a! re most often of his own making, as regional maps for many remote areas seem to have been nonexistant. The treatment of the "Faranji," or "foreigner," in Ethiopia is dealt with throughout the book. The author tells of his encounters with friendly, but nonetheless, persistent children who accompanied him everywhere with pushing, touching, staring, screaming and, on occasion, rock-throwing. Briggs' humor keeps him and his reader going as both progress through the book. For example, in his introduction, Briggs tells of his own introduction to Ethiopians while visiting Nariobi: "A troupe of white-robed musicians approached our table and erupted into smirking discord. Then, signalled by an alarming vibrato shriek, all hell broke loose in the form of a solitary Ethiopian dancer.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce R. Wyma on January 11, 2007
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I just returned from Ethiopia and this guide was extremley helpfull. My brother had bought the Loney Planet guide and we both felt that the Bradt Travel Guide was much more thourough. Highly recommend.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By International Traveler on April 27, 2006
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As world travelers experiencing our first trip to Ethiopia, we found ourselves carrying Briggs' book with us everywhere! His intelligent guidance was informative and helpful in every way. We felt that he was with us, helping us understand and enjoy this complex and fascinating land. We wish to thank Mr. Briggs for his incredible attention to detail, which greatly enhanced our trip. Don't go to Ethiopia without it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LookoutSF on March 12, 2011
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I have just returned from Ethiopia and found this book to be indispensable. Most of the travelers there had this book and were reading it. As a travel book addict (I often buy 3 or 4 for every place I go, including my local town) I can say that this is the best travel book I have ever used. Bring it with you also as you will find the history and background more interesting as you go. Also, information on Ethiopia is difficult to find in the US. Once you are there, the bookstores have more information on history, culture, language, etc. so plan on buying some books. One problem in Ethiopia, especially Addis Ababa where I spent some time, is that the maps are very difficult. The author does mention this problem and has maps that are more helpful for Addis than any others that I found. However, the mapps for Addis are spread over several pages, making it difficult to figure out how to get from one place to another in town. I never once was yelled at with Ferengi (sp?) or any other obnoxious event, so this is different compared to what is described in the guidebook. Perhaps things have changed (see below)? For your first trip, it is reasonable to use a local travel agent. I used Sophia at Leisure Travel in Addis, and there are others who advertise in this book that are probably reasonable. If you call for reservations at hotels they will speak English but don't expect to make online reservations. One online reservation service was going to charge double the hotel rate. The agent might get a referral fee from the hotel. This seems reasonable to me for the service provided, but you might be able to find something less expensive by yourself.Read more ›
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