Ethiopian Adventure Tours' travel costs & terms


Our travel groups comprise a maximum of 10 clients plus Sam and an Ethiopian driver.

A minimum of 4 clients are required to run the 16 day Wildlife and History tour. A minimum of 2 travellers are needed to run the 7 day Lower Omo River Valley and 4 day Harrar tours. The 4 day Afar Desert tour can be booked by individual travellers.

We will be a private group of travellers where each traveller is responsible for, amongst other things, getting to Ethiopia, your foreign exchange needs, your tourist visa obtained online or on arrival at the airport, any vaccinations as advised by your doctor and your own travel insurance. Ethiopian Adventure Tours is unfortunately not able to accept clients without personal travel insurance.

The first night of the tour is the night before Day 1 and the last night of the tour is the night of Day 16. The tour ends on our return to Addis Ababa on Day 16.

Tour Cost and Terms.

Please note that significant new information about costs within Ethiopia may result in changes to the tour cost. However, we will commit to a fixed tour cost when a deposit is received.

  • The tour costs for the 2019 season are on the itinerary pages for each tour: Wildlife and History Tour.
  • Tour cost does cover vehicle, driver and fuel, hotel accommodation, domestic flights with Ethiopian Airlines, 3 meals a day, historic site/ park entrance fees and professional local guides, including all tips except for the driver. The first night of the tour is the night before Day 1.
  • The tour cost does not include single supplement costs, international airfares, travel insurance, personal spending money, alcohol or souvenir purchases, tip for the driver, vaccinations or the 1-month tourist visa for US$50 payable in cash on arrival at the capital Addis Ababa's Bole Airport (ADD). I can give you estimates and suggestions on these costs but these costs are each traveler's personal responsibility.
  • Individual travellers will be charged a single room accommodation supplement of US$ 380 to have their own single bedroom during the 16 day Wildlife and History tour. However, if an individual traveller is open to sharing a twin room with another single person of the same gender, this may be possible. Individual travellers will only share a twin room with another individual traveller with their prior consent. Please enquire if you are interested in this option. If there is no other individual traveller available or willing to share a room, then individual travellers will be asked to pay the single supplement.
  • A non-refundable 20% deposit is to be received at the latest, by 60 days before Day 1. The 80% balance of the total tour cost is to be received in full, at the latest, by 30 days before Day 1.
  • A trip cancellation fee person will be charged in the event of a late cancellation by a traveller who has paid in full. A late cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the full tour cost will be charged, per person, for a cancellation notice received by Ethiopian Adventure Travel in the period of 15 to 30 days before the first day of the tour referred to as Day 1. This late cancellation fee will increase to 30% for a cancellation notice received 0 to 14 days before Day 1. A cancellation notice received on or after Day 1 of the tour will result in a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • Passport scans for each traveller showing photo and passport details are required with each booking to facilitate the booking of domestic flights within Ethiopia.
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of Day 1 of the tour.
  • Travellers will be asked to sign, and return a written contract agreeing to the terms and conditions of Ethiopian Adventure Travel tours.
  • Travellers are personally responsible for abiding by Ethiopian laws and respecting cultural norms.

Policies

The tour itineraries are flexible and reasonable, local changes can be made by group consensus.

Ethiopian Adventure Travel reserves the right to make late changes to the itinerary based on local conditions, weather events or force majeure.

Travellers enjoyment, comfort, well-being and safety are the top priorities for Ethiopian Adventure Tours.

For up to date travel advisory information please check your country’s official government policy. For New Zealand check the SafeTravel advisory. Please note the tours do not go within 10 km of Ethiopia’s international borders. The HQ of the African Union is in Addis Ababa, making it the diplomatic capital of Africa. Heads of State, senior diplomats and business leaders visit routinely. This is why many western countries including New Zealand and Australia have an embassy in Ethiopia.

Tourist grade accommodation will be supplied and is defined as accommodation used by tour companies for international tourist clients. In general, these are 3 star hotels and in some cases above this standard. Tourism infrastructure is still developing in Ethiopia and much has improved in recent years though in some areas there is still room for improvement.

Transport will be in modern air-conditioned vehicles that are fit for purpose for the roads travelled on and driven by experienced professionals. In recent years all major roads have been repaved.

What's included

  • Domestic flights with Ethiopian Airlines
  • All land transport costs in an air conditioned vehicle with experienced Ethiopian driver
  • 3 star or above, accommodation
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Bottled drinking water and soft drinks
  • All gratuities (except for the tour driver)
  • All historic sites, museums and national park entrance fees
  • All professional local guides and National Park scout fees

What's not included

  • International airfares
  • Accommodation in Addis Ababa earlier than the night before Day 1 but this can be booked for you.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money – bring US$ cash to change in a local bank
  • 1-month tourist visa (US$ 50, obtained for cash on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. (Airport code: ADD)
  • Single supplement costs
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenir purchases
  • Tip for the tour driver at the end of the tour
  • Vaccinations as advised by your doctor

Other useful items to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or small umbrella for sun shade
  • Sunblock – as Ethiopia is just north of the equator, the sun’s UV rays are not as intense as in some countries but it’s good to be prepared.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal bug repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Head scarf for women for some sacred site visits. This is optional and a matter of personal choice. I’ve never heard of a woman being barred from a sacred site due to lack of a head covering.

Please note

  • This tour does not go to any of the places or areas termed 'extreme risk' by the government travel advisories of the British or New Zealand governments - both of which have embassies in Ethiopia. Please email Sam with any questions.
  • It is unlikely your mobile phone will work in Ethiopia. Sam will have an Ethiopian Telecom 3G SIM card in his phone so can facilitate phone calls when we are away from a hotel wifi zone.
  • In these early years of Ethiopian tourism development there can still be some issues with always getting hot water on demand. Sometimes in dry areas (we travel in the dry season) there can be city-wide water rationing with showers not available until after 6 pm.
  • We stay at 2-3 star and above accommodation. Each room always includes a private ensuite bathroom for your exclusive use with sink, shower and western style flush toilet.
  • There will be wifi of varying quality in almost all of our hotels.
  • Hotels in malaria prone areas provide anti-mosquito sleeping nets that hang from the ceiling.
  • Females with very revealing clothing including very short, tight fitting skirts or pants can cause offense to some Ethiopians. Long pants or long shorts are fine.