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News Flash: Restrictions on Diplomats traveling out of Addis dropped

As part of the State of Emergency the Government in Ethiopia announced that diplomats needed permission to travel more than 40km out of the capital. In practice diplomats have been getting this permission with no problem, and now the government have withdrawn these restrictions. This should go some way to convincing foreign governments that travel […]

Peace and Stability return to Ethiopia – no reason not to visit

Since the State of Emergency was imposed at the start of last month, there has been no violence, protest, strikes nor anything that should put off any tourists. Now the tourism industry is waiting with growing impatience for the embassies to revise their unwarrented negative travel advise which hinders some visitors getting proper travel insurance for their travels. But it […]

What’s happening in Ethiopia now?

Of course people planning to visit Ethiopia are asking us what is happening now in Ethiopia. There were a spate of news articles as a result of the declaration of the State of Emergency a few weeks back, but as so often with news around the world, interest dries up as fast as it comes […]

Ethiopian Update – should we visit Ethiopia at this time

Many of our clients are asking if they should visit Ethiopia at this time, and what is happening in the country? Some facts: The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency on 8th October as a response to a surge in violence across certain parts of the Oromo region. The violence itself was a response to […]

Melcam Meskal

Today is the eve of Meskal, and Addis Ababa has bonfires growing on street corners and roundabouts all over the city, with long bundles of sticks, huge bunches of bright yellow Meskal daisies and of bright green grass for sale. The Meskal daisy is the image most associated with the holiday, as it grows wild […]

Eid Mubarek

  Today is Eid Al Adha, the festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Ibrahim/Abraham’s willingness to Sacrifice his son. It marks the end of the Hadj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca). http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37331826 This year it comes one day after the New Year holiday in Ethiopia. There is a long tradition of intermingling of the faiths in Ethiopia. […]

Diary version of calendar out now

The Tesfa Calendar is now available in diary version, sized at 20x14cm  it will fit nicely in your bag. Never be without the details of the Ethiopian date, up coming saints days & fasts, and Ethiopian holidays. Note your appointments on the month, and use the note sheet for each month to add more details. Illustrated with […]

2009 Tesfa Calendar Available (Sep16-Aug17)

Tesfa Calendars are coming off the press now. Stunning photos from the community treks. Ethiopia dates and holidays set on a western calendar Fasts and festivals shown clearly. A must have to anyone living in Ethiopia or planning a visit. Email calendars@tesfatours.com to reserve your copy.   Wall hanging calendars 200 birr each, note book […]