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Overview

One of Eastern Africa’s lesser known destinations, Eritrea lies sandwiched between the azure waters of the Red Sea and the contrasting cultural landscapes of Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Blessed with a historic pedigree that can trace its origins back to some of the oldest hominids ever found, Eritrea is also believed to be the location of the fabled land of Punt that the Egyptians first mentioned in the 25th century BC.

Part of the once great trading kingdom of the Aksumite ...

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Discover Eritrea: Highlands & Dahlak Archipelago of The Horn of Africa

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Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Eritrea though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. There is a risk of yellow fever transmission and Malaria is present in some parts of Eritrea, so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 

Currency 

In Eritrea the official unit of currency is the Nakfa.   

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly. 

To respect Eritrean cultural beliefs and traditions, particularly in lowland and predominantly Muslim areas it is recommended that you dress modestly. Women should cover shoulders and knees, and men shouldn’t wear shorts. 

Language & Religion 

Tigrinya is the most widely spoken language in the country, however Arabic is widely used in commerce and business. 

Religion in Eritrea mainly consist of Abrahamic faiths, however since it gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 it purports to have freedom of religion. There are four official faith groups Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Eritrean Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea and Sunni Islam.  

Time 

Eritrea is 3 hours ahead of GMT. 

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

Eritrean cuisine is a fusion of culinary traditions and shares some similarities with neighbouring Ethiopia and other African countries in the region.  

Italian cuisine dominates the restaurants in Asmara where it is very easy to find pizza, pasta and seafood dishes. Massawa is renowned for its excellent seafood where you may be able to find fresh prawns and lobster. 

Most meals are eaten at low tables shared from a large plate with fellow diners eaten by hand.  

Suwa, the home brewed beer common in Eritrea is made from roasted corn, barley and grains and it flavoured with gesho, a buckthorn leaf. 

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