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Eritrea

Facts about country

Capital Asmara

Population

4 Million

Main Languages

English +  Amharic + Arabic + Bilen + To Bedawi +  Saho + Tigre + Kunama + Nara + Tigrinya

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 or 240 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Nakfa

Exchange Rate for US $ as of June 2001

10.05 Nakfa per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

124320 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry), 4WD vehicle is a benefit, plane

Cash Machines (ATMS) No
Credit Card Usage Only a few places + heavy surcharge
Religion Christian + Muslim
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
20 $ 5 $ 5 $ 5$ 5$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Asmara Y The capital of Eritrea.  It is not like the rest of eastern Africa.   Very European, though there is nothing to buy.  Great cappuccinos and pastries and very cheap. The main attractions are the Governors House, Opera House, National Museum, Tank Cemetery,  City Park, and the Catholic Cathedral. 7
Masawa Y

The town was heavily bombed during the war with Ethiopia. It is the main port in Eritrea on the Red Sea. It is very hot there.

6
Keren N
Qohaito N
Keren N
Nakfa N
Dahlak Archipelago N
Metera N
Adulis

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking X
Scuba Diving X
Historical Sites X
Sightseeing tours X

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours X
Fishing X
Horseback riding
Canoeing
Camping
River Rafting
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Sailing
Mountain biking
Roller blading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Snorkeling X
Water Skiing X
Others  Camel Safaris X

Feeling and Opinions on Eritrea 

The first impression of Eritrea is that it is not Africa. The people are drinking cappuccinos and wearing western clothes.  It is also fairly hassle free.  The people seem to  have a indifference on one being there or not.  However, in our opinion there is not a whole lot to see and do there.

 

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