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Ethiopia Holidays

The birthplace of mankind and strikingly diverse, Ethiopia's geography, peoples and wildlife combine to form an enchanting, heady mix. Exceptional historical remains stand alongside churches and castles, mountains tower over the epic scenery of the Great Rift Valley, crocodiles and zebras inhabit the national parks and the ancient tribal villages of the Omo Valley remind the traveller that here Addis Ababa is the exception rather than the rule. Radiating north of the capital is a wealth of historic treasures including Aksum and Lalibela, Africa's 'Petra', a major pilgrimage centre and one of the greatest religious-historical sites of the Christian world. Further west visit Gonder, with its well preserved castles, and attractive Bahar Dar or explore Lake Tana and the thunderous Blue Nile Falls. Every holiday and tour to Ethiopia that we design is one-off, memorable and special.

Places to visit in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s sprawling capital that’s a gateway to contrasting worlds – if you travel south towards the Rift Valley you will be greeted with areas of beautiful nature and habitats for a wide variety of birds and wildlife, in particular around Lake Langano and Mago National Park. As well, meet local tribes to learn about their unique cultures in Jinka and Omorate. North of Addis Ababa you will find ancient cities, historic and religious sites and mountainous landscapes. Visit Aksum, one of the oldest cities in Africa, Lalibela where the churches are cut into the bedrock of the town’s mountain location and Bahar Dar, the gateway to the Blue Nile Falls.

When to Visit Ethiopia

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.













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Ethiopia is known as ‘the roof of Africa’ due to its elevation and the Ethiopian climate is cooler than you might think due to the altitude of the highland countryside. Temperatures are typically warm and balmy, though can vary greatly. Highland cities such as Addis Ababa average around 20°C to 25°C in the daytime whilst in the lowlands it can become very hot and humid with temperatures touching 40°C. In the Danakil Depression, temperatures can even approach 60°C. There are two seasons in Ethiopia, with the dry season prevailing from October through to May, and the wet season from June to September. In the west there tends to be a single rainfall in July and August, but towards the east there is often a brief wetter period in April and May followed by heavier rains in July and August.

Essential Information

Capital: Addis Ababa Main Language: Amharic
Time Zone: GMT + 3 Currency: Birr (ETB)

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Accommodation in Ethiopia

Ethiopia offers a range of accommodation, with good standards in Addis Ababa and most of the other main towns and cities, however, in rural areas hotels tend to be smaller and considerably more basic. On the whole, hotels are clean and comfortable but, even in the better hotels, facilities and amenities are limited. Rural hotels or those in smaller towns tend to be locally run with lodge accommodation common in the Rift Valley.

Ethiopia Holiday Review

“This is just a note to thank you for organising a splendid holiday in Ethiopia. We had an excellent time and would recommend the driver, Johnny, as a safe and responsible driver/ guide who had the confidence to adapt the given programme as appropriate.”

SD - Ethiopia - March 2015

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