I was lucky enough to visit in a tea plantation in Ethiopia, down near the Sudanese border, just before Easter in 2011. It was a four-hour drive from Gambella and sits at 1,800m above sea level. At the time it was one of only three tea plantations in the country but I don’t know if that’s still the case.
It isn’t surprising that people decide to take internal flights when travelling through the east African country. Ethiopia is a large country and has huge topographical differences that I didn’t didn’t see the half of. I flew between Addis Ababa, Gambella, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela and back to the capital (unfortunately we had to sacrifice a visit to Axum) and internal flights aren’t a bad way to travel.
Perhaps unnecessarily I joined Sheba miles, the loyalty programme for Ethiopian airlines, and they were impressive in their abilities to find me with a new card in the post each year and never missed my birthday.