Ethiopia Destinations

Ethiopia Destinations

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Archaeological, cultural and natural riches await for travellers keen to delve into this ancient yet often overlooked destination.

Trekking rugged ranges, visiting simple mountain villages, marvelling at time-worn relics dipped in mysticism and meeting genuine, unaffected people who have overcome famine and war makes for a life-affirming journey. The island monasteries of Bahir Dar on Lake Tana are other popular highlights, as are the cliff-faced churches of the Gheralta region. But as our East Africa specialists will tell you, there’s much more to Ethiopia than you might think. Aside from Ethiopia’s sites of historical and cultural importance, the country’s diverse and beautiful landscapes also surpass expectations. From the rugged Simien Mountains in the north to the Blue Nile Falls near Lake Tana, Ethiopia offers breath-taking scenery at almost every turn.

The Simien Mountains are without doubt some of Africa’s most beautiful peaks, however there’s more than just dramatic scenery there. Take a seat on a rock to gaze at the view and you might find yourself in the company of a congress of gelada baboons. Also known as mountain monkeys, these characterful primates occupy the grasslands and verdant slopes of the region. Just a few minutes in their company will make for a memorable travel moment.

Why Travel Ethiopia Destinations

When it comes to planning a holiday to East Africa, Ethiopia can often be overlooked for big-hitters such as Kenya and Tanzania. But this varied country offers an African experience like no other. Not just the source of the Blue Nile, Ethiopia is home to ancient human and cultural history, dramatic landscapes and fascinating endemic wildlife. In Lalibela, rock-hewn churches and a labyrinth of ancient passageways offer history lessons aplenty. The famous Bete Giyorgis, carved deep into solid bedrock in the shape of a cross, is a UNESCO-listed site and a breath-taking architectural feat. Ethiopia’s cultural significance continues with the unique tribal traditions of the Omo Valley, while in the east you’ll find the Danakil Depression. One of the hottest places on Earth, this stark and unworldly destination should be on every visitor’s list.

Best time To visit Ethiopia

Best Time To Visit EthiopiaEthiopia enjoys a mild climate, with average temperatures below 20°C in the highlands. This number can rise past 30°C on the lowland fringes of eastern, southern and western Ethiopia. Generally the best time to visit is between October and June, when it is the dry season. Rains tend to stop in early October, meaning afterwards the highlands are lush and green – perfect for trekking amongst pretty wildflowers that have sprung up. Be sure to bring a sweater all year round due to Ethiopia’s elevation.

If you’d like to visit during a festival, Ethiopia hosts some jubilant celebrations – from the Timkat festival in January, celebrated by orthodox Christians to the Hidar Tsion; a pilgrimage to Axum by Ethiopians from all over the country.

How to get there

How to get EthiopiaEthiopian Airlines operates a daily “Historic Route Service” for tourists connecting Addis Ababa to the historic cities of the northern circuit i.e. Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela. Connecting flights also run daily between these northern cities. There are also domestic flights to several other key centres including Arba Minch, Assosa, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Gondar, Jijiga, Jimma, Mekele and Semera.

An increasingly popular option with tourists is to travel overland with one of many reliable operators in Addis Ababa offering group tours and a range of bespoke 4×4 itineraries. More remote parts of the country, such as the Danakil Depression and Erta Ale, or the tribal lands of South Omo, can only realistically be visited on an organised 4×4 expedition with a specialist local operator.

Things to do in Ethiopia

  • Cultural Experience

  • Nature Experience

  • Outdoor Adventures

  • Learning & Educational Travel

Things to do in Ethiopia
Things to do in Ethiopia

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