Religious Festivals

Religion is an integral part of Ethiopian life and culture and is celebrated with impressive ceremonies, traditional dress, music and dancing providing a blanket of colorful expression across the country.


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Language

Though Amharic is widely spoken, Ethiopians speak different language at various regions. Media of instruction in most of schools is English. You will find English speaking people everywhere in Addis Ababa and in the provinces but it is not widespread in remote regions. As a result of cultural relationship with outsiders, Arabic, French, Italian, Russian, Germany, Spanish, Dutch, and Chinese are spoken in Ethiopia.

Local laws & customs

We are guests in each country we visit and it is only good manners that we abide by local Customs we visit. All participants are required to obey the law and regulation of the countries vested and any passenger flouting such laws may be required to leave the tour immediately with no right to refund of the tour fare. Visitors are expected to refrain themselves from acting or doing any unaccepted habits and deeds by the local communities. While on visit and as a form of respect and general good manners towards local communities and village dwellers we do not encourage the complete invasion of their privacy and homes by tourist. There ear certain villages that allow tourist visits at a minimal fee. Many tourists are happy to pay for this small charge for the opportunity of sealing the way in which local inhabitants live. Well behave actions of visitors will encourage local communities to have positive attitudes toward tourism industry. If you are in doubt, please ask your guide for advice.

Conservation and souvenirs

Most countries are members of CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora). Please do not purchase old antiques and products made from ivory and skins. These may be confiscated by customs. Many antiques cannot be exported and may be confiscated if found in air port searches. The national museum in Addis Ababa can issue a clearance certificate.

Photography

As a matter of civility, permission should be sought before photographing individuals and in many parts of the country, particularly among ethnic groups living by the Omo River, people will demand a fee. In some sites (in the churches & Blue Nile falls) there is a charge for video photography. In addition to this there can be some places where you are not allowed to take photos such as at any government, Police or army post, borders bridges or military roadblocks.

HISTORICAL PLACES

Ethiopia, the ancient Christian kingdom, richest historical and cultural heritage in sub-Saharan Africa,

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NATURAL ATTRACTION

Climatic variations and the isolated forbidding nature of her highlands have made Ethiopia a unique habitat

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PEOPLES AND CULTURE

Culturally Southern Ethiopia is extraordinarily rich with some 45 languages spoken by people of

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