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Meskal Flowers in Simien Mountains
4 Day: Simien Mountains Trek
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Afar Region
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Simien Mountains National Park - Gelda
12 Day: North & Simien Mountains
North Circuit
12 days

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Why Visit Ethiopia?

Despite its extraordinary natural features, its vast range of wildlife, and its captivating historical and cultural heritage, Ethiopia is typically overlooked as a tourist destination. But this is starting to change as increasing numbers of visitors become aware of the treasure trove of tourist sites this remarkable North African country has to offer.

Popular attractions include: the fairytale castles of Gondar; the walled city of Harar; and Lalibela, a pilgrimage site known for its ancient monolithic churches, hewn into the area’s steep rocky hillsides. Ultimately, though, Ethiopia’s stunning natural landscapes are the real tourist drawcard. From the lush Simien Mountains to the sulphur fumaroles of the Danakil Depression, the country’s outstanding natural environment is unforgettable and is home to some fascinating ancient indigenous tribes.

Bahar Dar, located on Lake Tana, is popular as a base from which to explore the fascinating monasteries situated on the numerous islands dotted around the lake, as well as the Blue Nile Falls which are arguably the most spectacular falls in North Africa. For those travellers adventurous enough to explore this incredible up-and-coming destination, the rewards are truly immense.

When To Travel

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January is one of the best times to visit Ethiopia, the countryside is green and a twitchers delight with plenty of European birds overwintering here. Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar, so you may get the chance to enjoy Christmas (again) which falls on the 7th, or the celebration of Timkat which falls on the 19th (or 20th in a leap year).
A little less touristy February is a popular time to visit, after rush of the peak season. Rates are good and the climate is pleasant. Expect 9hrs of sunshine per day and temps in the mid 20's.
Much like February this is a good time to visit Ethiopia. Expect clear sky for most of the day with temperatures starting to climb into the upper 20's.
On the whole April is a good time to visit northern and central Ethiopia, however the rains may start to creep in in the south around Omo, which can restrict the options. Rain will not likely reach the main sites of the north until June.
The temperature is on the rise during May with parts of the country reaching into the mid 30's. Expect a little rain if you head south, however the north is still popular at this time.
June marks the start of the wet season, and although some guides will recommend against travel and rain is more than likely, visiting Ethiopia shouldn't necessarily be ruled out now the majority of the tourist have gone.
Although in the heart of the wet season, and you will get rain, the scenery becomes more impressive as the land gets watered and the rivers and lakes begin to fill.
You will get wet, but you will have the sights more or less to yourself. Lalibela is now more accessible year round than it once was making travel in the wet season less of an issue.
The Ethiopian New Year falls on September the 11th (or 12th in a leap year) and Meskel (an annual religious holiday commemorating the discovery of the True Cross) falls on the 27th (or 28th) making this an excellent time to travel.
October is lush and green with the worst of the weather gone. You may still get the odd spot here and there but this is wild flower season, making this a popular time to visit Ethiopia.
November is one of the most popular times to visit Ethiopia. The countryside is still lush and green and life here feels good. Expect 9+ hours of sunshine per day and temps in the comfortable 20's.
If you are looking to escape Christmas, Ethiopia is an excellent place to do so. The Ethiopians don't celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January and the weather will be dry. Expect 10+ hours of sunshine per day.

Ethiopia’s Top Attractions

Ethiopia has plenty to keep you busy! Go trekking in Bale Mountains, and Simen Mountains National Parks. While getting the glimpse of the Red Fox is a fortunate experience in the mountains, they offer one of the most spectacular landscapes, beautiful vistas and a thrilling experience of trekking at above 4000m. Enjoy bird watching at the Rift Valley lakes and white water rafting on the Omo River. See the Azmari-bet (traditional dance) in Bahir Dar, Dessie and other cities; attend the traditional coffee ceremony.

A tour around Southern Ethiopia will allow you to experience the lifestyles of ancient tribes and local nature. In Arba Minch, you can take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and see the crocs, hippos and pelicans and visit the 40 natural springs. Cross the bridge of the god (a natural bridge dividing two lakes) to the local savannah and stand amongst the zebras. Close by Arba Minch, you can visit the mountain villages of Dorze and Chencha where you can visit the traditional markets, visit the homes of potters and weavers and enjoy treks through the pleasant green countryside. Arba Minch is also the gateway to Omo Valley where you can visit local tribes and see their local ways of life, for example, attend the traditional bull jumping ceremony with the Hamer tribe.

Best for Culture & History

Aksum, Tigray, Ethiopia

Aksum

The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles [...]

Gondor Castle Ethiopia

Gondar

Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa”, is home to the World Heritage site of Fasil Ghebbi. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, the city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private […]

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela

Lalibela is famous for its 11 rock-hewn churches and takes its name from King Lalibela who is credited with their creation in the 12th century. One of the world’s most incredible man-made creations, they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God. Most travel writers describe these churches as the “eighth wonder of the […]

Best for Wildlife & Nature

Simien Mountains National Park - Gelda

Simien Mountains National Park

One of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Simien Mountains National Park is a spectacular landscape formed millions of years ago. The area is made up of deep valleys and jagged peaks – many of which are over 4000m high – and includes Ras Dashan, Ethiopia’s highest site. Observation points at Gidir Got and […]

Tana Lake - Ethiopia

Lake Tana

Ethiopia’s largest lake is a place of great natural beauty, as well as great cultural and historical significance. Of its 37 islands, roughly 20 encompass ancient churches and monasteries dating back as far as the 14th century and containing exquisite frescoes and antique treasures. Lake Tana is also an excellent bird-watching site, with many migratory […]

Lake Chamo

Lake Chamo

Located in the Great Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia, the stunningly blue Lake Chamo is most famous for the large population of crocodiles that can be found on its shores. For those looking for tamer wildlife, the waters are also home to a variety of fish that includes tiger-fish, cat-fish and giant Nile perch, making […]

Best for Stunning Scenery

Bahir Dar - Nile Falls

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana which by some complication is not the source of the Blue Nile. The city, Ethiopia’s third largest grew from a Jesuit settlement, founded in the sixteenth or seventeenth century, and is home to one of Emperor Haile Selassie’s palaces. On the islands in the […]

Afar Region

Afar Region

Wonchi Crater Lake

Wonchi Crater Lake

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