BOOKS: Travel And Travel Guides
Ethiopia Map
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Road and travel map, in color. Distinguishes roads ranging from paved highways to unpaved seasonal roads. Legend includes national parks/reserves, sand dunes, railroads, tracks, trails, international/national airports, aerodromes, gas stations, police, bus stations, hospitals/medical facilities, customs posts, border crossings, no border crossings, points of interest, vistas/views, historic/archaeological ruins, lodging, rest houses/hostels/bungalows, campsites/huts, oasis, caves. Includes inset map of Addis Ababa.

Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Eritrea
Matt Phillips
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The only comprehensive guide to Ethiopia and Eritrea. It includes access chapter on crossing between Ethiopia and Eritrea, features the popular Historic route plus walking tours to Gondar, Lalibela, Harar and Massawa.

Rumbo a Etiopia
Denberu Mekonnen Siyoum

(Only available in Spanish) Ethiopia is a country of contrasts; deserts to the east, large and fertile plateau in the center, many lakes, some of them with small islands with mysterious monasteries. In the south: huge national parks and cultures that kept intact their rites and life styles. To this and more add the amiability of the people and enjoy the excellent coffee of Kaffa.

Ethiopia, 4th: The Bradt Travel Guide
Phillip Briggs
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This Bradt guide has become the definitive source of information on this country rich in culture, history, and dramatic scenery. For first-time visitors, Philip Briggs supplies plenty of practical advice on how to bridge the cultural gap and plan a trouble-free trip.

Ethiopia, the unknown land

Munro-Hay is a leading Western authority on Ethiopian history and culture. In his latest book, he fills an existing void by providing a much-needed comprehensive guide to the history, culture, and art of that ancient and mythical African nation. Regions, historic sites, monuments, and various religious and cultural treasures are introduced with background histories that clarify their place and reinforce their significance in Ethiopian history and life. Such information, a wealthy resource for any historian, may also be used by travelers to the region. The balance between popular and academic is masterfully achieved through a personable style that does not sacrifice the required rigors of historical research even as it remains entertaining throughout.

Vertical Ethiopia, Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa
Majka Burhardt

In March of 2007, four women traveled to northern Ethiopia to climb virgin sandstone towers in the Horn of Africa. They explored rock monoliths in a region that is best known for the drought and famine of the 1980 s and was the site of one of the bloodiest massacres of the Derg. Vertical Ethiopia is the narrative of their journey. Told through a series of vignettes that reveal what it means to climb, to travel, and to explore, Vertical Ethiopia looks closely at the intersections between adventure and culture, history and opportunity, and sky and sandstone.

The Linen Goddess: Travels from the Red Sea to Prizren
Sheila Paine

The third volume of Sheila Paine's odyssey takes her through war-torn Eritrea and Somalia, past the ancient rock churches of Ethiopia and the tiny pyramids of Sudan, through Egypt, and across the Mediterranean to Greece, ending in the bandit land of Albania.

Life Through a Different Lens: Reflections and Lessons from the Horn of Africa
Ward Brehm

This book chronicles a journey of an American Businessman to East Africa. It is a passionate story of a bond developed with people who posses few material things—but radiate a stunning spiritual richness in their faith relationship to God. It is a powerful story of self discovery, personal awareness, and perspective changes as the author encounters people with vastly different resources and priorities. It is an exciting story told through the journal, photographs, and poetry of Ward Brehm.