Home » 15 reasons why you should NEVER visit Ethiopia!

15 reasons why you should NEVER visit Ethiopia!

Folks, I write this as a warning to anyone thinking of visiting Ethiopia. Everything you have ever read or heard about Ethiopia is exactly as it is when you get there. Everything your parents or the media told you about the country is correct. You should absolutely NOT travel there but IF you do, here is what you’ll find.


Why you should never visit Ethiopia

1) Ethiopia is just desert!

Simien Mountains National Park

2) Because there is a famine and consequently no food.

3) The people are dangerous, you can NEVER trust them

4) Because everything is just dry and dusty with no real colour

5) Besides being the birthplace of civilisation, there is absolutely no culture or history

6) Because there is no wildlife to see


Wildlife on Lake Tana

7) Ethiopian people are lazy and sit around all day because of the heat

8) Public buses are a nightmare and there is no other way to get around

Boating on Lake Tana

9) The beer tastes like it’s been brewed in a bathtub

10) The views are all so similar and very boring

Hay stacks at sunset

11) It’s not safe at all


12) There are absolutely no trees because they have all been cut down by the locals

13) The coffee tastes like it’s been strained through an old sock

14) Ethiopia is just another muslim country

15) There is NOTHING interesting to see in Ethiopia…fact!

I’ll leave you with a video summary of my trip in Ethiopia, please like and share.

If you fancy reading any more of my Ethiopia posts, click on the links below:
Ultimate Guide to Travelling in Northern Ethiopia
The Danakil Depression – One of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth
Simien Mountains National Park – The Roof of Africa
How to spend 24 hours in Bahia Dar
How to spend 24 hours in Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony – teaching Starbucks how to make a real cup of coffee



    • March 7, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Are the innocent people (i.e. Hoteliers, restaurant owners and service providers) a murderous regime?

      • March 9, 2017 / 4:28 pm

        Beutifull pictures ,but i agree with the opinion of Nathalie its just bringing more hard currencies for the dictatorial regime.

        • March 9, 2017 / 7:28 pm

          Thank you. I’d be curious to hear the facts and specifics behind your statement.

          • March 9, 2017 / 11:05 pm

            Why should local businesses suffer because of the so called “murderous regime” sure the government has it’s flows but no need to be dramatic. Smh

  1. March 8, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Thanks Nathalie Amiot for your “concern”. May I ask you to kindly look in a mirror and come back with the same comment?

  2. March 8, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I like these pictures.

  3. March 8, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Natalie if you pay taxes anywhere in the world you’re a hypocrite, you fake sjw

    • Chris Watson
      July 17, 2019 / 3:57 am

      Great photos. We toured there and had New Year’s Eve at Bahir Dar 2004, on Lake Tana.

  4. Masresha
    March 8, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Very intersting & lovely pics.

      • christine beniwal
        March 14, 2017 / 10:35 pm

        I wish you would have put a caption on the pictures to tell what they are pictures of. There is so much unique to Ethiopia more than any other African country or any country in the world. Like Australia the most unique things ended up in these two countries. I have always been fascinated by Ethiopia, tried to get a Peace Corps position there but got Morroco instead. The plate of food made my mouth water. It looked so good. How I would love to pull of a piece of injera and have some shirro, gomen, salad, soft cheese, bhasmati rice pilaf. Not so keep on all the lentils on the plate. I never saw a plate with so many different types of lentils, usually there are more types of vegetables there. I would also like the chicken and egg which I really love.

  5. Azeb
    March 8, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Awesome ! thank you !!

  6. Nedhi
    March 8, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Amazing picture!!! Love the article. Made me miss my country so much. thanks

  7. Munkeee
    March 9, 2017 / 5:47 am

    Completely amazing, you make me wanna visit again the places I have previously been too!!!

    • March 9, 2017 / 6:14 am

      Thanks very much. I really want to head back and explore the other side of Ethiopia. I was really only in the north.

  8. Amanuel T.
    March 9, 2017 / 6:42 am

    This looks gorgeous, truly amazing. I suggest you submit it on BoredPanda too, for a larger audience.

  9. Mule
    March 9, 2017 / 7:34 am

    It is interesting. I like it.

  10. Melkamsew
    March 9, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Breathtaking. But you should visit the green South, the Deseret North Eastern Ethiopia (the live volcano and natural pyramids), the city of Harar in the East (a city of 1000 years),to get the full picture of that sweet old country called Ethiopia. BTW, isn’t it shame Ethiopia don’t make money from its unique heritages? Thank you for promoting us.

  11. March 9, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Nice one and tnx for the promo!

  12. Mesi
    March 9, 2017 / 10:39 am

    haha I like it…ur blog title make me see and read the whole part till the end.

  13. Abrahama
    March 9, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    A beautiful, descriptive writing about Ethiopia. Thanks for telling the truth.
    Next time, I hope you will go to the south and discover more!

  14. DKM
    March 10, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Thank you very much for expressing all the reality! With annoying headline but, all beautiful from inside. You better describe and introduce our country to become a worldwide tourist destination. Nothing is done and displayed to the world yet, and many things are berried not to be seen by the world. Anyways thank you!

  15. BIZU
    March 10, 2017 / 4:15 am


  16. Mitiku
    March 10, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Thank you for showing the real side of Ethiopia.

  17. March 10, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Sarcasm…. you make my day…. I am really missing Ethiopia

    • March 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      🙂 Just a spoon full of sarcasm makes the medicine go down. I cannot wait to return to Ethiopia, it is truly beautiful

  18. Marie
    March 10, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Beautiful. I’m French and Ethiopia is my heart country . Thank you for this witness

  19. Ermias
    March 10, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Thank you so very much for honoring this sacred land!!!!!

  20. Rosina
    March 10, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Dude!!!! I was so furious when I saw the title, good thing I didn’t. Just jump into conclusions. All true, more good things to be said. I’m so jealous of you, I never had the chance to see Erta’ale and Dallol no matter how much I wanted. Thank you for taking me in nostalgic tour.

    • March 11, 2017 / 1:28 am

      Hehe it’s amazing how many click on a blog they think they will disagree with. Thanks for checking it out, I can’t wait to go back.

  21. Mesay
    March 11, 2017 / 1:45 am

    Thanks for the beautiful slid show and the dramatic way of writing this piece. Ethiopia in fact is a beautiful country and there is a lot to enjoy. But due to poor management, the natural resources are being wasted. Let me give you some facts. The land of Ethiopia is 27 times the size of Holland, 47 times Israel, twice Germany and 5 times iof England etc. More than half of the land is arable (suitable for agriculture). The weather is very fantastic. The country is 6th in water resources in the world (according to NASA). There is a huge other natural resources and minerals, natural gas and oil for that matter. But the country is still looking for the hands of European and the western world for aid. The economy cannot stand alone.

    It cannot be denied that the government is trying it’s best but still is not determined to work on the widespread corruption. People who have access are robbing the resources of the country on broad day light and fleeing it to foreign countries and banks. The development efforts being made are not satisfactory and have little or no effects because of no real intent in them for the mass. People are suffering from high market inflation, and a brutal human rights approach. This in fact is an African problem. Most African leaders are wealthier than their countries. Hummmmm. So sad. It’s my Prayer and wish to see this scenario got averted and we see an even better and wealthier Ethiopia.

    Thanks again.

    • biruk
      March 13, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      @mesay, totally agree with you. We are the owner to change our home. If each of us throw one stone we can create a great mountain. For year we blame each other, there is always to blame. Lots of respect form Shielsian who throw his own stone in his way.

  22. Alula
    March 11, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Up on seeing the title, I was like who the heck is this guy, but then I read…
    I admire your unique way of pulling visitors to your site, but more importantly for the beautiful illustrations of Ethiopia.
    Thanks indeed!

    • March 11, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Hehe thanks. Sorry I was being a little cheeky by wording my title in this way but best intentions were there ?

      • elerina
        February 25, 2019 / 3:02 pm

        you need help if im being honest because ethiopia ia the most beautiful contry is the world there culture is like no other and the pictures you showed abour muslims are false its for orthodox and if you want to talk bad about the country actually see the whole country you see how diverse and beautiful it is. ethiopia has so much history behind it you where just not litsening when i went there man it was heaven on earth

        • February 25, 2019 / 8:53 pm

          Unfortunately, this post is completely lost of you. One thing that should have been obvious was that I was talking in opposites. I said as much in plain English at the end of the post. I’m sorry you took offence to it, but not sorry that you weren’t able to successfully understand what was an obvious meaning.

  23. muluneh
    March 11, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Great article! Thank you for showing the good side of our country! keep it up,,,next you have to move to the southern part.

    • March 11, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks very much and yeas that is the plan. Ethiopia is so big I had to break it down over a couple of trips.

  24. Todd
    March 11, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Color me jealous! I was raised in Ethiopia and you have seem more than I did in 8 years! I’ve been to many of the places you show but never made it to the Danakil north of Harrar. I deeply love country and appreciate someone who shows so much love for Ethiopia as well! I will now continue to wallow in the nostalgia you inspired!

    • March 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Hehe Todd, thanks for reading. I am super keen to go back again and explore the outer regions. Next trip.

  25. Beruke Sissay
    March 12, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Why you should never visit Ethiopia >> Was mad at first sight.
    I started to scroll down wanting to understand and learn from the statement .

    Good approach and Stunning pictures.

    Thank you .

  26. biruk
    March 13, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Loved it.

Leave a Reply