10 common myths about Ethiopia that are not true
In our day-to-day lives, we generally don’t spend all that much time thinking about Ethiopia if we not planning a trip or know someone from there.
We, therefore, tend to pick up bits and pieces of information here and there — some of which we’ve heard in passing on the news or social media, others of which may be years out of date.
The image of Ethiopia as portrayed through the media is often negative; think ads full of malnourished children with swollen bellies, violent wars fought by psychotic warlords, abject poverty, and general dysfunction across the country.
These images are not true but in the end, we often accept these “facts” as truths despite them being way off the mark.
Below are just a few the most common myths and misconceptions that most people have about traveling to Ethiopia:
1. Ethiopia is dangerous
War, famine, corrupt government and crime; if you believe the American media reports, Ethiopia sounds dangerous as hell.
We won’t deny the country’s got a few issues here and there, like everywhere on earth. But in general Ethiopia is safe to visit and while visiting we weren’t threaten in any way.
2. Ethiopia travel is expensive
Ethiopia is very inexpensive when you compare taking a tour to one of the tourist hot spots in like Egypt, Kenya or Tanzania. We think you will be pleasantly surprised at the affordable price of an Ethiopian tour.
3. Ethiopia is a small nation
Actually Ethiopia is pretty big. Covering an area 426,400 square miles, it is slightly less than twice the size of Texas. Click to view this comparison map.
4. Buses and trains can take you everywhere.
5. Ethiopia is technologically backwards
6. ATMs are available everywhere
7. Ethiopia is poor
8. Internet access and cell phone service is everywhere
9. Ethiopia is a Muslim country
10. There’s nothing to see there except for animals