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Ethiopia (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Philip Briggs
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8 April 2009 Bradt Travel Guides
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders - and Bradt's Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this vibrant land of majestic landscapes, rich history and welcoming people. Ever since its first publication, its blend of enthusiasm and down-to-earth advice has attracted rave reviews from both the travel press and readers.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5 edition (8 April 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1841622842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622842
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia...a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide.' Travel Africa 'An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia.' The Guardian 'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country.' The Daily Telegraph "The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country." SX News "Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter." Business in Africa

About the Author

Based in South Africa, Philip Briggs has travelled extensively throughout the continent. He is the author of Bradt's Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda, and is the co-author of Rwanda.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
I have been living in Ethiopia for nearly a year, so I invested in all the guidebooks available for the country and the region.

Lonely Planet is the best if you want to save yourself the hassle of deciding what to do, as they make very clear their favourite cafe, hotel, and attraction for each given location, so you only need a cursory look at the book before making your arrangements and bookings - you are spared the decision process.

However Bradt is the one if you want to find broader information, about intimate details of a place, the quirky little cafe on a backstreet, where the little track out of the west of a village leads and how you can navigate it, and a genuine attempt to bridge the cultural divide on issues like tipping or overcharging, and an excellent guide on the controversies and ambiguities of Ethiopian history. You have to invest more time reading but you will have a better grasp of the country and you will meet a broader cross-section of the Ethiopian people than those drawn to the tourist hot-spots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best travel guide about Ethiopia 10 Dec 2012
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Well written, sensitive to local cultural differences. By far the best travel guide on Ethiopia. Lonely Planet can learn something from this guide.
For reviews of hotels and lodges it would be advisable to consult Tripadvisor, but they have only reviews of major places.
The Bradt guide could be more critical sometimes. If there is no swimming pool or proper kitchen, do not say that it will come.
Switch from Birr to USD prices seems to give much higher prices for hotels, guides, etc
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top guidebook 15 Sep 2006
By Henry
I've never come across such a brilliant guidebook as this for any country I've been to. Not only is it highly informative, dependable and up to date, as you would expect, but it is also very readable. Mr Briggs' writing style demonstrates a real affection for the country which you will hopefully share by the end of your stay. We certainly did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, informative, well-written and thorough 11 Dec 2008
Having used the Bradt guide to Tanzania a few years ago and found it infinitely superior to the Lonely Planet for that country, I was not at all surprised by the high standard of this book.

The author Philip Briggs is clearly passionate about Ethiopia -- memorably urging visitors to 'prepare to Ethiopiate' during their time there -- which helps. He balances amusing anecdotes about the potential hazards of travel (e.g. the bus ceremony (p.92) and 'Dust' (p. 132)) with the painstaking detail of the more mundane yet essential facts like the state of the showers in cheap hotels in Wukro.

Briggs is authoritative* throughout and I never once felt that he had cut any corners during the three weeks I spent relying upon it. Thoroughly recommended.

*The one exception was that the book didn't quite prepare my friend and I for the abysmal state of many of the major roads. The worst example was the principal trunk road from Dessie in the north to Addis which was appalling, largely unpaved and rock-strewn. There are Chinese contractors currently in the process of asphalting most of it but the project seemed a good few years away from completion (and the bus journey that the book said would take eight hours took nearly 14 as a result!)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Ethiopia, 25 days with an organised overland tour and a week on my own. The Bradt guide was an excellent source of historical/background information throughout that time, in addition to providing accurate reviews of accommodation and places to eat. I am not an experienced traveller and can understand anyone's hesitation in considering a visit to Ethiopia. To many people the very mention of the name conjurs up images of poverty and famine. However, this book does make it a much less daunting prospect. Ethiopia has been referred to as "The Hidden Kingdom" and is a country with deserves to have a guide book dedicated to it, rather than as part of a general overview of East Africa. I consider the Bradt the pick of the bunch when compared to the other major travel guides and recommend it without hesitation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate guide to the sunshine country 15 May 2009
I recently spent 3months living and teaching in Ethiopia so have a good idea of the way most things work and where things are. this guide was spot-on accurate everytime whether it be from directions to opening times to hotel prices. As a traveller, the ability to *accurately* plan ahead is crucial to managing time and finances and this guide certainly enabled me to do this. I know if i go back i certaily won't be leaving without it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bradt Guides - Modern Travel Bibles 13 May 2009
Put simply, this travel guide contains all you need to know about travel around Ethiopia, the African continents hidden jewel.

This is the most comprehensive, thorough and reliable guide you will find. I used it and its previous edition on a 6 month stay and it never failed me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 14 Feb 2013
By bear
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I used this book last year as I went to Ethiopia to start a documentary. The book was invaluable! I've spent years travelling and have used lonely planet, rough guide, foot print and moon, none of them come close to the information, and practical usefulness of this particular book. The author clearly knows and loves Ethiopia and the research he's done comes across... and it makes your trip much more enjoyable and fulfilling. If you like "outside of the box" travel, buy this book. If you only want one long tour, buy the others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very useful up-to-date guide - easy to use / read
Published 1 month ago by Mr Nicholas J Miles
2.0 out of 5 stars Good content poor packaging
The almost complete absence of pictures makes this travel guide totally unattractive to explore. How can a travel guide totally devoid of pictures? Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Christophides
4.0 out of 5 stars A good companion
This was my first use of a Bradt guide while travelling. I found its combination of practical day-to-day information and more detailed historical and cultural information just... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charlot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great effort, high quality book
With this book we found everything we needed and planned out trip accordingly.

It has in depth information about monuments and also cultyral information as Ethiopia has... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eirini Papadopoulou
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information + Excellent read = a very useful book
The subject really says it all. :-)) Not only is this new edition jam-packed with useful information but the whole book is very readable, rather than just being good to find... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cibarious
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, well written, interesting
We bought this and and the Lonely Planet guide to Ethiopia for a recent trip - we hardly opened the LP. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ptarmigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
An excellent book about a little known but stil so fascinating country. i hope this book will contribute to open the eyes of many people for all the treasures of Ethiopia, a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Atle Eikeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let it out of your sight
As companions on the road go, the Bradt guide ticks almost all the boxes: interesting, informative, practical and engaging. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wendy Autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This guide is up to date and exhaustive, including national parks and maps. Clearly set out, history section is informat
Published 18 months ago by alan j
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethiopia made accessible
This is informative and relevant to all grades of traveller. The commentaries are well made and thoughtful. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MT
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