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Ethiopia Travellers Paradise

Step into little explored Ethiopia and you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of heritage sites, beautiful rugged mountains and lunar-like landscapes. See breathtaking rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, watch Christian ceremonies that haven’t changed in a thousand years and visit the ancient tombs and obelisks of Aksum. Testing, awe-inspiring and moving – a journey to Ethiopia will be one you’ll never forget.

Ethiopia Tour Highlights

• Lalibela – see the eleven rock hewn churches believed to be carved after divine instruction to the legendary King Lalibela
• Axum – a dusty town with much to see. Remarkable, pre-Christian stellae/obelisks stand in the ‘obelisk park.’
• Gondar – Fasalidas’ Castle in the royal compound is the highlight here.  It is also the access town to the Simien Mountains
• Blue Nile Falls
• Simien Mountains – one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges with some of the highest peaks in the continent
• Omo Valley – visit the last remaining Ethiopian tribes.

When to travel to Ethiopia

Due to its unique geography, Ethiopia experiences a diverse climate. The very best time to go is from October through February for lovely clear skies.

Ethiopia Travel Information

Currency Ethiopian birr

Language Amharic is the official language, and similar to Arabic and Hebrew. English is widely spoken as English is taught in schools.

Why we love it Ethiopia is not your typical holiday destination but it should be! Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes, like the ruggedly carved steeples and spires of the Simien Mountains; the Danakil Depression with its lunar-like landscapes and one of the country’s most striking geographical features, the Great Rift Valley. Ethiopia is a truly enchanting and perfect for those looking for something out of the ordinary.

Weather Weather is pleasant in most parts of the country throughout the year, though Ethiopia does see a longer wet season. The dry season lasts from October through February, while light rain comes March to May and heavy rains pour between June and September. The country has around seven hours of sunlight each day, making it perfect for outdoor adventures and enjoying this rich wildlife destination.  Average temperatures range from 20 – 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year, but nighttime can drop to 5 – 10 degrees Celsius.

Festivals and events The year is filled with festive events that celebrate the country’s rich traditions. Many cultural affairs and sporting events occur throughout the year. The biggest and most popular is the Ethiopian games, held every four years in March to celebrate athletes from all over the country. The competition lasts a week, enhanced by all kinds of cultural and traditional performances.  Another interesting event is Enkutatash. Ethiopians still use the Julian calendar, which is why their New Year falls on September 11. This day overlaps with the end of the rainy season and is celebrated with merriment, gift exchanges, flowers, and cards.

Travel to Ethiopia from Australia may require a visa – to check current requirements go to https://visalink.com.au/visa-quick-check

Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region. The only compulsory health requirement is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if coming from, or travelling through, an infected area.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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East Africa & Ethiopia

East Africa & Ethiopia

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Africa 27 Days / 26 Nights 31 August 2020

Combine two of our small group hosted journeys for the ultimate African experience! Spot wildlife on game drives through Tarangire National Park and the...

Unforgettable Ethiopia

Unforgettable Ethiopia

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Africa 20 Days 9 September 2020

Nothing quite prepares the traveller for Ethiopia's breathtaking beauty, ancient imperial history, rich culture, and sheer diversity of people. From the rugged Simien Mountains...

Ethiopia's Hidden Treasures

Africa 10 Days / 9 Nights

Explore arguably the continent's oldest ancient human civilisation and its rich historical past. The itinerary is tailored to suit a comfortable travel pace and...