Important Informations

SECURITY

Bambu Service Touristik has made the Safety & Security its first priority in order to secure the safety of its clients. The Safety & the Security of our customers is the main Key of the policy of our agency. BAMBU Service Touristik would never organize trips where the Safety & Security of its clients is not 100% assured!!!

The most of the tours are escorted by police and military guard in Somalia, in Somaliland and in Ethiopia Danakil, but no need escort in Djibouti and in Eritrea.

ACCOMMODATION

Djibouti

  • 1*, 2*, 3*,4* and 5* Hotel in Djibouti town, Sheraton and Kempinski Palace are the biggest hotels in Djibouti.
  • 1* and 2* hotel in small towns like Tadjourah, Obock, Ali Sabieh and Dikhil.
  • And only tourist camps in rest of the country.

Somaliland

  • 1*, 2* and 3* Hotel in Hargesa town, Ambassador hotel is the biggest hotel in Hargesa.
  • 1* and 2* Hotel in Berbera City and Maansoor hotel is the biggest hotel in Berbera.
  • 1* and 2* Hotel in Burao City and in Borama, Plaza City hotel is the biggest hotel in Burao.

Ethiopia

  • 1*, 2*, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotel in Addis Abeba City, there are many big and International hotels, Hilton, Continental but Sheraton is biggest hotel in Ethiopia.
  • 1*, 2* and 3* Hotel in big Cities like Dire Dawa, Makale and Bahar Dar.
  • 1* and 2* Hotel in small towns like Harar, Lalibela and Axum.

Somalia

  • 5* Hotel in Mogadisho Capital city, Jazeera hotel is the biggest hotel in Mogadisho.

Eritrea

  • 1*, 2*, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotel in Asmara City,
  • 1* and 2* Hotel in small towns out of Asmara City.

Djibouti

  • In Djibouti town, the cuisine is European (French) in most of restaurants but there are also Ethiopian cuisine and Yemen fish which is the main traditional dish of the country.
  • In small town like Obock, Tadjourah, Ali Sabieh and Dikhil the cuisine is also European and local
  • in most of restaurants but there is also Ethiopian food.
  • In tourist camp, the cuisine is different; local dish like the delicious pancake made by nomad women
  • and served by breakfast; the main dish is rice with cardamom and cinnamon served with Capri farci roosted lamb.
  • Pure Ethiopian coffee and local tea with cinnamon and cardamom is served by each meal. Mineral water is also served by each meal and during the whole trip and it is possible to bring and drink alcoholic beverages in Djibouti!

Somaliland

  • In Hargesa town, the cuisine is International in big hotels and the food is local in most of restaurants but there is also Yemen Restaurant.
  • In small town like Berbera, Burao and Borama, the cuisine is local but there is also International dish in tourist hotels.
  • Somali tea is the best tea in the region served with cinnamon, cardamom and milk, coffee is not the favourite drink of Somali people. Mineral water is also served by each meal and during the whole trip.
  • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN SOMALILAND!!! It is not possible to bring and drink alcoholic beverages in Somaliland!

Ethiopia & Eritrea

  • In Addis Abeba and Asmara cities, the cuisine is International in big hotels and in big restaurants, the famous Enjera is the local food in most of local restaurants but there are also many International restaurants, Italian, Chinese and Sudanese restaurants for example.
  • In small town , the cuisine is local but there is also International dish in tourist hotels.
  • Pure Ethiopian coffee is served by each meal but the tea is not tasty as in Somaliland and in Djibouti, the Somali and Afar tea is full of spices.
  • Mineral water is also served by each meal and during the whole trip and it is possible to bring and drink alcoholic beverages in Ethiopia and in Eritrea!
  • Most of Restaurant don’t serve dessert in Ethiopia, especially in small towns – Only big International hotels and restaurants have Fruit salad as dessert.

Somalia

  • In Mogadishu Capital city, the cuisine is International in big hotels and the meal is only in your staying hotel.

  • Solar cream, sunglasses and hat are highly recommended in the Danakil and in Djibouti during Lac Abbée and Lac Assal tours.
  • Sport shoes for hiking and trekking
  • Torch lamp (very important in tourist camps).
  • Mask, tuba & Fins for snorkelling and swimming.
  • First Aid (painkillers, paracetamol, aspirin, anti diarrhoea)
  • Mosquitoes cream or spray

PASSPORT

Your passport must be at least 6 months valid before the date of expiration!

VISA

You need to have the visa in advance in order to cross the borders of Horn of Africa by land from one country to another, especially when you cross Ethiopia border!!!

Djibouti visa
The cost for Djibouti single entry visa is USD 60 for 3 days transit and USD 90 for 30 days, you can apply for the visa at the embassy of Djibouti in your country or at French Embassy. If you are from Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea, you can directly apply for the visa at the International Airport of Djibouti with our invitation letter or hotel booking.

Ethiopia visa
The cost for Ethiopia single entry visa is USD 20 for 30 days and you can apply for the visa at the embassy of Ethiopia in your country or in the neighbor country. If you are from Europe, North America, Japan, China and South Korea, you can directly apply for the visa at the International Airport of Bole.

Somaliland visa
The cost for Somaliland single entry visa is USD 31 for 30 days and you can apply for the visa at the Liaison office of Somaliland in very few countries like England, Djibouti and Ethiopia. But most of time, we arrange the visa for our clients!

Eritrea visa
The cost for Eritrea single entry visa is USD 70 for 30 days and you can apply for the visa at the embassy of Eritrea in your country or in the neighbor country. If you are from Europe, North America, Japan, China and South Korea, you can directly apply for the visa at the International Airport of Asmara with our invitation letter. But most of time, we arrange the visa for our clients!

Somalia visa
The cost for Somalia single entry visa is USD 50 for 30 days and you can apply for the visa at the embassy of Somalia in your country or in the neighbor country. But often, we arrange the visa for our clients!

BAMBU SERVICE TOURISTIK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF A CLIENT IS REFUSED TO CROSS THE BORDER AND TO ENTER TO A COUNTRY!!!

HEALTH CARE

Vaccination
You are not obligated to have your vaccination card in Djibouti, in Somalia and in Somaliland but it is highly recommended to be vaccinated against some diseases such as hepatitis A&B, anti-malaria!!!

But you need to have your vaccination card for Ethiopia and Eritrea, especially the yellow fever vaccination!


Currency

Djibouti currency
The currency in Djibouti is the Djibouti Franc (DJF) and it is attached to the dollar since the 60’s, which means that the rate never changed since that year: 1$ = 177 DJF. But the rate of euro varies according to the market.

Ethiopia currency
The currency in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB) and the rate of dollar and euro vary according to the market.

Somaliland currency
The currency of Somaliland is the Somaliland Shilling (Shilling Land) and the rate of dollar varies according to the market. It is easier to use and exchange dollars than euro in Somaliland.

Eritrea currency
The currency of Eritrea is the Nakfa and the rate of dollar and euro vary according to the market.

“It is recommended to use dollars in Horn of Africa”

  • Pictures (It’s been said: “ONE’S PICTURE = ONE’S SOUL”)

It is forbidden to photograph military and governmental facilities!!!
It is also forbidden to photograph people without their consents and agreement, especially Muslim women in Djibouti and Somaliland. But with small tips you can negotiate nice pictures of East African people!!!

Local time

The local time in Horn of Africa is the same in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somaliland.

  • + 3h GMT
  • +1 hour in summer time in Europe
  • +2 hours in winter time for European

Electric usage

  • 220 volts

International telephone code

Djibouti

  • 00253 + 21 + numbers in Djibouti town
  • 00253 + 27 + numbers out of Djibouti town
  • 00253 + 77 + numbers for cell phones

Ethiopia

  • 00251 + 11 + numbers in Addis Abeba
  • 00251 + 911 + numbers for cell phones

Somaliland

  • 00252 + 2 + numbers in all Somaliland
  • 00252 + 63 + numbers for cell phones Telsom

Eritrea

  • 00291 + 1 + numbers in all Eritrea
  • 00252 + 7 + numbers for cell phones

Tips (“Well done services deserve TIPS”)
Money or Gifts is up to you to give what you would like but it is always better to offer books, pens and pencils for kinds, cloths and painkillers for adults in villages rather than money! But please tipping money the staff in restaurants, hotels and tours.

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