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Details, Ethiopia and Tanzania

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GETTING THERE

Ethiopian Airlines offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Addis Ababa, Ethi­o­pia (return flight connects through Rome), with early January fares currently starting at $1,411. Connecting flights on Ethiopian to Kilimanjaro Airport (close to both Moshi and Arusha in Tanzania) are $285 each way. The bus to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from Arusha is $15.

WHERE TO STAY

Sheraton

Taitu Street, Addis Ababa

011-251-11-15-171-717

www.sheratonaddis.com

Five-star hotel on its own walled grounds. Rooms from $275.

Taitu

Mundy Street, Piazza, Addis Ababa

011-251-11-156-0787

www.taituhotel.com

Ethiopia’s oldest hotel, built in 1898. The more expensive rooms ($25 a night) are large and well serviced. Rooms from $10.

Bristol Cottages

98 Rindi Lane, Moshi

011-255-27-275-5083

www.bristolcottages.com

Basic rooms, and a few cottages, surround a beautiful courtyard with an open-air restaurant and bar. Rooms from $60.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

On the A104 near the Arusha airstrip

011-255-27-250-0630

www.elewanacollection.com

A high-end boutique hotel in the middle of its own coffee plantation. The coffee’s good, the atmosphere is gorgeous, and the food is mediocre. Rooms from $175.

White Sun

Narung’ombe Street at Msimbazi, Dar es Salaam

011-255-759-222-229

www.tangazo.com/white-sun-hotel

Centrally located, with a good Swahili breakfast included. Rooms from $25.

WHERE TO EAT

Yod Abyssinia

Bole Medhaniyalem area next to Brass Hospital, Addis Ababa

011-251-116-612-985

www.yodethiopia.com

A tourist spot, but a good one. Fine Ethiopian food served the traditional way, with live music and dance. Entrees from $10 .

El Rancho

Lema Road, Shanty Town, Moshi

011-255-27-275-5115

A Swahili-influenced Indian restaurant with a good and varied menu. Entrees from $10.

Maza

Uhuru Road, near Friends Corner, Arusha

011-255-757-519-111

Traditional Tanzanian food, though the cook will make whatever you like with what he has. Entrees from $2.

Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar

Slipway shopping center, Dar es Salaam

011-255-22-260-0893

www.hotelslipway.com/restaurantsandbars.asp

Mostly for tourists, but the view of the Indian Ocean makes up for the higher prices. Entrees from $10.

WHAT TO DO

Ethiopian National Museum

King George VI Street, Addis Ababa

011-251-11-111-91-31, ext. 7150

The home of Lucy, the 3.2-million-year-old Australopithecus, as well as Emperor Haile Selassie’s crown and throne and a fine collection of 18th- to 21st-century Ethiopian paintings. Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 55 cents.

Addis Ababa University

King George VI Street

011-251-111-239-705

www.aau.edu.et

Site of the Ethiopian Ethnographic Museum, housed in Emperor Haile Selassie’s old palace, as well as the Kennedy Library, open only to students.

Sitasahau Africa

Arusha

011-255-757-708-443

sitasahauafrica.com

If you’d like a tour of Arusha like the one we got, this is Raphiele’s start-up company. (He does safaris, too.) Prices vary.

Kivukoni and Mzizima fish markets

Ocean Road, Dar es Salaam

Kivukoni’s the larger of the two; Mzizima is on a nicer part of the city beach. Both open most of the day.

INFORMATION

Addis Ababa: www.addisculturetourism.gov.et

Tanzania: www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

B.A.

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