1: How can family or Friend
members contact us on the trip ?
If friends or family members need to get a message to you on
tour & travel, the best way is to contact us via email
( email@example.com) or a
message can be left on the local phone# ( +251(0) 918156611), and
follow the prompts. Our on-call duty manager will then respond
2: Will I need a visa?
You will need a visa to enter Ethiopia. Visas on arrival are only available for tourists at Addis Ababa (Bole) or Dire Dawa International airports, at a cost of approximately $US50 for 1 month and $US75 for 3 months (Euros, US dollars and Ethiopian birr are all accepted). All other categories of visitor must get a visa from the Ethiopian Embassy closest to their place of legal residence before travelling.
3: Do I need to renew my passport? / How many blank pages
do I need in my passport?
yes, All passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your
4: Will someone meet me when I arrive in Ethiopia? Yes. Once you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage, a
representative will be waiting with a sign with your name on it.
Details will be on your Final itinerary.
5: Is there access to professional medical care at each camp?
What happens in case of a medical emergency? The camps/lodges will have a first aid kit, however in the case of a
medical emergency, you will be transported out of the Mountain to the
nearest medical center or hospital.
6: Do I need travel insurance?
Our Company offers full travel insurance coverage with Travelex.
Should you decide to obtain travel insurance on your own.
7: Can we use our Credit Cards? / Are there ATMs?
Major international credit cards are accepted by most top hotels,
restaurants and shops. Visa and
MasterCard are most widely accepted. However,
Cash is recommended in the camps/lodges whilst out on City's. Visa is the most
reliable card to use at ATMs.also MasterCard is accepted as
well as other international ATM/credit cards can be withdrawn at an ATM and in limited amounts.
8: Do I need any vaccinations? What about Malaria?
Vaccination against cholera is required for any who has visited or transited a cholera - infected area with in 6 Days prior to arrival Ethiopia.
9: What time do the domestic flights depart?
the domestic flights will often not have specific departure
times listed on the itinerary as the scheduling is be done 24-48
hours prior to departure.You will always be notified the previous
evening what time you will have to be ready for your flights.
10: What type of camera/lens should I bring?
Digital 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) cameras are more often used
than film cameras. Camcorders with freeze-frame options are easy
to use and are also very popular with safariers.
You need to ask yourself what you are going to do with the
photographs you take on safari. If you are going to try and sell
them to a magazine or book publisher, then you need high-quality
optics and good quality transparency (color slide) film or a
professional digital camera. If you are going to make an electronic
album to email to friends, then a reasonably priced digital zoom
will be ideal.
Many people prefer the idea of capturing movement and sound and
with video camcorders being so compact and easy to use, this is
an obvious choice. If you want to take high quality photographs, a
recommendation is that you spend your money first on a good lens
and second on a camera. It is slightly more important to have a
quality lens than it is to have a quality camera. If you just want
memories of your safari, nowadays, many of the new "all-in-
one" (ie, no removable lens) digital cameras take excellent shots,
as animals are often within close enough range of the vehicle for
these cameras to capture good images.
Bring whatever lenses you like to use, from wide angle to medium
telephoto. Consider a minimum of two lenses, one for scenery and
one for more distant subjects. A good, balanced system of lenses
would be an auto-focus zoom lens (come in a variety of ranges), a
28-70mm and a 100-300 or 100-400mm.
For more detailed information, please see the section on
Photography in our General Information.
11: How much money should we take?
This will depend on your itinerary. On trip your camps/hotels are
Full Board, which includes meals, game activities and park fees.
and in some cases drinks and laundry. Hotels are generally bed
and breakfast only.
Not included during your trip would be tipping, visas, departure
taxes, curios, extra meals at hotels/restaurants, drinks and laundry.
12: How much should we tip?
Tipping is always a difficult question to answer and our suggestions
are a guideline only. You can of course tip whatever you feel
This could increase if you have booked a private guide or tours, go to
a restaurant, etc. For lodge and camp, leave whatever you
feel appropriate for the service you experience.
We do recommend putting your tips into envelopes before you
leave (don't seal them, as you can re-apportion as you go along!)
as this helps to ensure you don't run out of tipping cash before the
end of your trip.
Your final documents will have a more detailed tipping
recommendation for your trip.
13: How do I keep my money/valuables safe?
We recommend that you keep your money/passports/tickets with
you at all times.
14: Is luggage limited to one bag?
No, as long you keep within the weight allowance. Your allowance
will vary depending on your trip itinerary, airline and class of
travel. Keep in mind that laundry can be done at most city's
during the time you are on travel. Toiletries like soap, shampoo and
conditioner are generally provided, so you only need to bring a
15: Can I do laundry while on trips?
There is daily laundry service in most towns/ city.
16: What clothing should we bring?
a) On trip in vehicles, any color clothing is OK.
b) However if doing some walking in the mountains colors , plover, waterproof jacket, worm socks and gloves
are preferred .
17: How do we charge our camera/iPad/cellphone?
Most hotels/lodges/camps have charging facilities either in your
room or in the lounge area.
Most modern gadgets have dual voltage built in. If not, you will
need to bring your own adapters, and converters.
18: Will there be internet/Wi-Fi?
Internet access is becoming more widely available. In hotels
might have a computer for use at a nominal fee, otherwise check
with your service provider if you will be able to get internet access
on your cell phone, laptop, iPad while in Africa.
Wi-Fi connectivity varies in the hotels depending on their
location. Wi-Fi would normally be free and available in the public
19: Can I use my cell phone?
Your cell phone provider will be able to assist you with the
possibility of using your own phone while in Africa; however
obtaining international roaming service can be expensive. You will
need to have your phone unlocked by your cell phone company in
order to use it abroad. In most major cities you will be able to
purchase a SIM card and air time which may be exchanged for
your normal SIM card if your phone has one. Remember though
that reception in the bush may not be possible.
Use your cell phone only in private areas of camp for your privacy
and in consideration of others.
20: Is bottled water provided?
Yes, during your trip we will provide you water. especially during the trekking. It is recommended that you drink at
least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of
dehydration - this excludes tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
21: What could I bring for donations?
(Making a Difference / Packing for a Purpose) We at simien mountains Ethiopia company are very involved in many Ethiopian communities, giving back to conservation projects and
supporting guides at grass roots level. We are especially thrilled to
assist students education as it is our hope they will continue in the
wildlife conservation or tourism field.
You can help by making a donation in supplies or monies. Please
request our Donation Wishlist.
22: Can I cancel if there is an outbreak of Ebola?
Traveling in 2015 - A booking cancelled as a result of an Ebola
Outbreak, confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) within
the country you are traveling, will receive a waiver of cancellation.