How safe is it?
Over the past twenty years Ethiopia has been one of the safest countries in Africa to visit as a foreign tourist with low levels of crime and where aggressive behaviour is looked down upon.
No matter how rich or poor, Ethiopians conduct themselves with a dignity and reserve which will be evident as you interact with them. Nevertheless, Ethiopia is not immune to political unrest and even in recent years the country has passed through some difficult moments. We are constantly reviewing security and safety for our clients and will immediately advise you of any developments that are likely to cause you concern or result in changes to your itinerary. We also advise you to follow advice to tourists by western governments such as the advice given here and here.
You will be cycling in regions of Ethiopia where because of the altitude there is a very low risk of contracting malaria. For more information about vaccinations, please see ‘What vaccinations do I need for Ethiopia?‘
When it comes to cycling, some western tourists report having stones thrown at them while cycling. These reports are not fabricated: we can confirm that children on the roadside do occasionally indulge in this behaviour. However, we offer two caveats. Tigray is the one place in Ethiopia where local people are most used to seeing cyclists on the road, so such incidents are less likely to happen here. Secondly, the chances of this happening when you are accompanied by a local cyclist or local driver are even less. This is one reason why we always recommend that it is much safer for you to ride with our support.