Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land of unexpected and awe-inspiring beauty. Notable destinations include the Simien Mountains with their fantastic hiking trails, and wildlife endemic to only that region, the Blue Nile a river originating at Lake Tana and the Awash National Park with over 450 species of bird. What’s more the Erta Ale volcano and Danakil Depression offer landscapes that feel entirely other worldly.

Ethiopia is a great destination for those interested in learning about other cultures. The government officially recognises an amazing 86 ethnic groups, making Ethiopia the most culturally and linguistically diverse nation of Eastern Africa, with the Oromo, Amhara and Tigrayan the largest of these tribes. No matter which of our Ethiopia tours you choose to undertake we highly recommend including at least one cultural activity, where you can learn more about one of the fascinating tribes.

The rock hewn churches of Lalibela are a highlight largely unique to Ethiopia. There are 11 medieval monolithic cave churches at this UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia. Lalibela is an important place in Ethiopian Christianity, and even today is a place of pilgrimage and devotion.

Ethiopia Tours

When is the best time of the year to visit?

November to February are the best months to visit Ethiopia as these are typically the driest months across all regions of the country. July and August are known for heavy rains which makes the popular hiking areas extremely difficult to pass, particularly across the plateau regions. Some of the more arid regions can also be unbearably hot in April and May so will not be suitable for many travellers during this time. There are a number of traditional ceremonies during the high season months, which attract visitors from across the globe and these can really add unique elements to any Ethiopia itinerary.