A guide at your service!

To discover this region in the best way, nothing better than relying on an experienced guide.

Alain knows the region and the local life and will take you to the most atypical and authentic places in complete safety.

He will be at your disposal to make this stay unforgettable

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I anticipated my retirement and left a safe and well paid job to live a passion by creating Africorne Travel in order to travel to a region that I love and to make discover to those who, like me, enjoy going off the beaten path, surprising landscapes, different cultures and endearing peoples.

I lived in Djibouti for professional reasons from 2007 to 2011. This trip was an opportunity not only to enjoy all the remarkable sites of Djibouti, but also to make many trips, always driving my 4X4, in neighboring Ethiopia.

Every year since 2011, I have spent several weeks in Djibouti for short professional missions and holidays.

Both in Djibouti and in Ethiopia, I have maintained strong friendly relations with the local tour guides who will assist me competently.

My goal will be achieved if I manage to communicate a little (a lot) of my passion for this region and make you live a stay "of wonder".

Book your trip with complete confidence :

Africorne Travel is member of the APST Warranty

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 In case of failure of Africorne Travel, APST reimbourses your booking expenses. 

For your trips to Ethiopia or Djibouti, Africorne Travel has everything planned. We discover extraordinary places and above all authentic, with all-inclusive stays (full board) pre-established or tailor-made. Come and discover rich and exotic landscapes, an atypical culture and a strong history through our routes.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT YOUR STAY

Organisation de votre séjour :

Your stay on the spot requires to fix its duration, the sites to discover, the accommodations according to your choices; naturally you will be advised by the agency with whom the dialogue must be initiated as soon as possible; your first contact with the agency should  ideally intervene at least 3 months before the date of the beginning of your stay, in order to be able to best meet your requests, and to allow you to buy your plane ticket at the best price, and to complete visa formalities in due course.

I inform you that the services provided by the agency do not include the purchase of airline tickets for international flights, or obtaining visas, which are your sole responsibility.

Chronology of operations :

– 1st contact with the agency to know the start date and end of the stay on site and the number of travelers concerned, your wishes on the itinerary, accommodation, restaurants and activities;

– 1st proposals of the agency on the daily course of your stay and its price;

– at the end of the dialogue with the agency that led to the determination of the stay of your choice, the agency will inform you of the daily plan of your trip;

– you purchase your plane tickets for the international flight; for stays in Ethiopia, domestic flights are included in the agency package;

– you communicate to the agency your plan of flights back and forth, in order to adjust exactly the calendar of your stay from the dates indicated on the flight plan; for stays in Ethiopia, you also provide the agency with a copy of your passport for the purchase of the domestic flight ticket;

– the agency gives you the final detailed program of your stay, exactly based on your dates of arrival and return;

– upon receipt of the final detailed program of the stay, you make your reservation on the website of the agency by paying half of the total price set for the entire group of travelers.

– Immediately after booking your stay, you make your visa requests.

Prices :

Each stay is subject to a special rate that depends on the number of people in the group, and the choice of accommodation and restaurants.

However, for example, rates are given for stays for which the agency has chosen accommodation and restaurants and for a given number of people.

The agency’s prices for hotels and restaurants, guides and activities, are strictly identical to that paid to the service providers by the agency, which offers its customers the price reductions that may be granted by service providers.

At equal benefit, our prices are in principle decreasing depending on the number of people in the group of passengers, because the agency passes on the customer price, the reduction in fixed costs caused by a larger number of travelers.

Our prices include :

  • accommodation in hotel or camp;
  • the catering (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  • the entrances to the museums and visits to the sites (ex: boat for sea travel)
  •  4X4 transport with driver and guide;
  • the domestic flights of stays in Ethiopia, it being specified that the price overrun higher than 10% will increase the price of the package accordingly;
  • the remuneration of the agency

Our prices do not include :

  • International flights, the visa;
  • the possible medical expenses on the spot and the expenses of repatriation sanitary; inquire before departure to your mutual on their terms of care.
  • tips; in Ethiopia tips are common; give little and often is good practice; hotel staff, 20 birrs in Addis and 10 birrs outside Addis; great tourist restaurants 10%.

In Djibouti : it is not customary to leave a tip; but it’s not forbidden either!

Terms of payment and cancellation :

Half of the price is paid by transfer or credit card when booking; we provide you the RIB or the dedicated and secure link to pay by credit card; the other half will be credited by a new transfer or credit card paiment to the account of the agency, 15 days at the latest before your arrival.

The agency will consider as canceled any request for which the transfer of the price of the totality of the trip will not have been credited on its bank account under the conditions stated above; if the deposit of half the price has been paid, it will be refunded less any amounts already paid to our service providers and not reimbursed to the agency by them.

In any case, the agency can not be held responsible for the delays or cancellation of international flights, and will not make any refund of plane ticket.

In the event that the beginning of the stay is delayed for all travelers of the group due to flight delay or a problem relating to obtaining a visa or any other cause, only the amounts corresponding to the unused  accommodation and catering services not used by clients will be refunded provided that these amounts are returned to the agency by the providers ; the agency will also refund the amounts corresponding to the fuel costs not paid by it.

In the event that the beginning of the stay is delayed for one or more of the group’s passengers, only the amounts corresponding to the unused accommodation and catering services corresponding to the number of passengers who are delayed will be refunded provided that these amounts are returned  to the agency by the providers , minus any additional costs incurred by the agency, to integrate late travelers in the current trip.

In the case where the stay would be canceled entirely for all the travelers of the group, whatever the cause of the cancellation by the travelers, the agency will refund only the amounts corresponding to all the services of accommodation and restoration and specific activities of the stay not used by the customers, included in the price of the stay and not used, provided that these amounts are returned to the agency by the providers; the agency will also refund the amounts corresponding to the fuel costs not paid by it.

Should the stay be canceled entirely for one or more of the group’s passengers, only the amounts corresponding to the unused accommodation and catering services corresponding to the number of travelers who have canceled their stay will be reimbursed, provided that these amounts are returned to the agency by the providers.

In the event that the duration of the stay should be shortened for all travelers in the group, the agency will only reimburse the amounts corresponding to all the accommodation and catering services and specific activities not used by the clients, provided that these amounts are returned to the agency by the providers; the agency will also refund the amounts corresponding to the fuel costs not paid by it.

Should the length of stay be shortened for one or more travelers in the group, only the amounts corresponding to unused accommodation and meals corresponding to the number of travelers who have shortened their stay will be reimbursed, provided that these amounts are returned to the agency by the providers, minus the additional costs incurred by the agency to organize the early return of the traveler (s) concerned.

 

In the situations described above, reimbursements will be made by the Agency by transfer to the bank account of each of the travelers concerned by the delay, cancellation or reduction of the length of stay, after supplying the RIB and the identity document of the passenger (s) concerned.

Money and local currency :

You paid the agency for your accommodation, food and transportation expenses; However, you will still need cash in local currency for your personal purchases and minor expenses not supported in the price of the stay.

The VISA card is very convenient by allowing the withdrawal of local currency at ATMs present in Djibouti and Ethiopia. Check with your bank that your credit card will allow you to withdraw money locally.

Bring euros or dollars that you can change to Birr or francs Djibouti.

Some hotels and department stores also accept payments in euros or dollars, or even by check.

At 1st August 2019: 1 euro = 32 birrs = 192 francs Djibouti – 1 dollar = 177 francs Djibouti = 29 birrs

VISA Formalities :

For entry to Ethiopia : each traveler must have a tourist visa of at least one month. Attention, the validity of the passport must be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Ethiopia; the passport must include at least 3 blank pages, 2 facing each other.

This visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, payable in dollars or euros or via the internet via the E-visa procedure; 

Attention in the latter case, ask for your e-visa on the official website of the Ethopian government, that is to say : http://www.evisa.gov.et

and excluding those of private operators not recognized by the authorities (link on the travelers advice sheet of “diplomatie.gouv.fr”).

For entry to Djibouti: each traveler must have a tourist visa of at least one month. Attention, the validity of the passport must be at least 6 months from the date of entry to Djibouti. The passport must include at least 3 blank pages, 2 facing each other.

This visa can be obtained by internet on the website  http://www.evisa.gouv.dj

and excluding those of private operators not recognized by the authorities (link on the travelers advice sheet of “diplomatie.gouv.fr”).

Apply for an e-visa at least 15 days before entering the country; before entering the application you will have obtained from our agency the invitation you will need to download. Be sure to mention as the starting point of the e-visa the day of your arrival at the airport; you must have bought your plane ticket before applying for a visa.

The visa can also be obtained at the embassy of Djibouti or Ethiopia in the capital of your country; it is then necessary to send your passport to the embassy if you do not live on the spot; in this case, the lead-time may be several months.

 

Please print several copies of your e-visa as the administration keeps a copy of it upon your arrival at the airport, and you may be required to present during your stay the e-visa issued to you.

To envisage in your suitcase :

  • warm clothing (polar type) in all seasons: in Ethiopia with its capital Addis Ababa (between 2300 and 2600 meters) and its many highland regions, you will appreciate having brought your fleece jacket. Think of it even in Djibouti where Day’s camp culminates at 1500 meters;

  • swimsuits in all seasons: obvious for swimming at sea in Djibouti, also in Ethiopia for its pools of natural hot water …;

  • light and loose clothing: adapted against heat and mosquitoes;

  • caps, hats, sunglasses;

  • pharmacy: anti-mosquito, anti-diarrheal drugs;

  • plastic shoes to protect themselves from sharp stones or salt crystals at sea in Djibouti;

  • palmes, snorkel mask in Djibouti;

  • shoes for walking;

  • a headlamp

Need additional information, advice to make your choice ?

It is quite normal, we are there for that!