Travel Resources

Colorado State University has various resources for people traveling to Ethiopia and internationally. An important goal of WCNR-Ethiopia Strategic Partnership is to provide access to information and resources for students, faculty and researchers traveling to Ethiopia. The following internal and external links contain important information that anyone traveling to Ethiopia should consult. Furthermore a list of suggested reading compiled by partners is offered below, including books on travel, history and other subjects.

Know Before You Go

To begin with, we suggest you start with printing this brief summary titled"Traveling to Ethiopia: Know Before You Go" which will go over information that you will need to plan your travel and arrive safely in Addis Ababa. You might also want to practice some Amharic, the official working language of the federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, by reviewing our Common Amharic Words and Phrases fact sheet.


The CSU Health Network has compiled an excellent summary of Health Information for CSU travelers to Ethiopia and Kenya of important immunizations and medications that are required or recommended. Additional health and medical information can be found at the following websites:  

New Polio Vaccination Requirements (CDC) Immunization Requirements for Ethiopia

CSU International Insurance
International Travel Registration

CSU Health Network-Travel Clinic


Best Practices - CSU High Risk Travel 

US Department of State Travel Information for Ethiopia

Travel Restrictions and Advisories (State Dept) 

CSU Risk Management and Insurance
International Travel Registration

In-country Travel (currency exchange, etc)


Regional Administrative Units 

Zone and Woreda Administrative Units 

Major Cities and Roads (on relief) 

Suggested Reading

Travel Guides

Ethiopia, 5th Ed (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia) by Philip Briggs, 2009 

Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Eritrea (Country Travel Guide) by Jean-Benard Carillet, Stuart Butler, David Lukas and Dean Starnes, 2009

Field Guides

Wildlife of East Africa by Martin B. Withers and David Hosking (Princeton Pocket Guides), Princeton University Press, 2000

Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotraby Nigel Redman, Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe; Princeton University Press, 2009

The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals by Richard Estes, Chelsea Green Publishing Company 1999


Twenty Years to Nowhere: Property Rights, Land Management and Conservation in Ethiopia by Yerazwork Admassie, 2000

Special Interest

The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin and John Little, 2005

The Sign and the Seal by Graham Hancock, 1992

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, 2009

Climate Resilient Green Economy:
"Ethiopia's vision for a climate resilient green economy" (2011)

Climate Resilient Green Economy: "Green economy strategy" (2011)