LOCATION SCOUT ETHIOPIA
Looking for an Ethiopian location fixer? Ethiopia locations provide diverse and contrasting options to production crews. Contrary to popular belief, Ethiopia is not ravaged by famine. Whilst there are certain areas of Ethiopia that are incredibly barren and get unbelievably hot – and famine is a regular problem – the bulk of the country is actually incredibly lush and mountainous.
Contact us for more information on Ethiopia as well as the required film visas and film permits.
Getting to Ethiopia is easy – Ethiopia Airlines is a success story, and has established a vibrant hub at Bole Airport in Addis Ababa. This hub services most of Europe and the African continent.
Ethiopia also has a good, fairly affordable domestic flight operation, with most bigger towns accessible. And these bigger towns are sufficient to support crews in terms of accommodation and vehicles
There are vehicle hire and logistics companies which are not too cheap – and it is advisable to use a local driver anyway. We have built a network in Ethiopia which makes access to vehicles and drivers far more affordable – regardless of your needs (buses to 4×4 vehicles). Whilst the road infrastructure in Ethiopia is quite good, it is also mountainous and, together with the speed limits, mean that it takes a long time to travel between locations.
One important factor to bear in mind – logistically as well as budgetary – is that is it often compulsory to take local police with you on location – depending on where you are shooting. In the case of a region like Afar, you are required to have as many as 4 police with you. They do not cost a lot, but add to any accommodation and food bill.
The Tropical Zone (or Kolla) is under 1800 metres with minimal rainfall (around 50cm a year) and high temperatures – around 25-30 degrees Celcius. Part of this is the Danakil Depression in the Afar region, which is 130m below sea level, with temperatures soaring over 57 degrees at times – it is the hottest inhabited place on earth.
Sub-tropical Zone (or Woina dega) from 1800 metres to 2500 metres with lower temperatures (around 20-25 degrees0 and more rain (up to 1500mm)
Cool Zone (or Dega) is over 2500m, with lower temperatures (average 15-18 degrees, and around 1300mm rainfall.
Rainfall is generally in Summer (June to August).Spring is from March to May, Autumn from September to November, and Winter from December to February.
Simien Mountains – The Simien Mountains are probably one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. vast and beautiful, they are the product of centuries of volcanic activity, and a must-do destination.
Danakil Depression – this north-eastern pocket of Ethiopia is probably the most astounding location on the planet. Besides the active Erta Ale volcano (below), it is home to the incredible, colourful Dalol lakes and formations and the vast salt flats. Oh, and it is the hottest place on earth.
Erta Ale – the trip to the active Erta Ale volcano is probably as good as the actual location – packing and trekking up the mountain with camels is very special.
Coffee – Ethiopia is the undisputed home of coffee – this is where it all came from, and the coffee ceremony is akin to a religious rite anywhere in the country. Do yourself a favour – if you love coffee, immerse yourself in these rituals whilst there.
Cuisine – Injere (Ethiopian flatbread) aside, the flavours of Ethiopian food are delicious, and world renowned. Try an find some authentic Ethiopian restaurants, and try it for yourself.
Axum – Axum is Ethiopia’s oldest city. It is an incredible cultural immersion – with palaces and churches that once belonged to the Queen of Sheba.