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Best Things To Do in Ethiopia

Ethiopia travel highlights for families, couples and other travelers.

Ethiopia - Lalibela: One of the world’s richest historical sites
Lalibela: One of the world’s richest historical sites
Brimming with history, culture, art and mystery, Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Known for its characteristic and incredible rock-hewn churches that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, it is an important pilgrimage site for Coptic Christians. If you’re looking to observe Christianity its purest, most powerful and raw form, then a night in Lalibela during one of the big religious festivals, when white-robed pilgrims fill the courtyards of the churches, is a must. See More >
Ethiopia - People of Ethiopia: Interact with local tribes
People of Ethiopia: Interact with local tribes
Travel to the southern regions of Ethiopia and enjoy the unforgettable experience of immersing into the the culture of some of Africa’s most enchanting ethnic groups. Wander through traditional villages scattered along the scenic Ome Lower Valley, be fascinated by the Mursi women’s incredible lip plates and witness the Hamer people performing a Jumping-the-Bull ceremony. See More >
Ethiopia - Go sailing on Lake Tana
Go sailing on Lake Tana
Take the family on a private and exclusive sailing trip on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Discover several monasteries and churches that line the lake, revel in their architecture and get entertained by their tales of ancient mysteries and legends. See More >
Ethiopia - Trek through the Semien Mountains National Park
Trek through the Semien Mountains National Park
Located in the far north of Ethiopia, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Semien Mountain National Park is one of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes. With its dramatic cliffs, jagged ridges, plunging waterfalls and exotic wildlife, the Semien Mountains allow some of the finest (albeit often difficult) trekking experiences. Soak in the picturesque views and enjoy the thrilling experience of sitting amongst the endemic gelada baboons. See More >
Ethiopia - Fasil Ghebbi: Africa's first-ever castle
Fasil Ghebbi: Africa's first-ever castle
Fasil Ghebbi is just one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites sprinkled across Ethiopia and a must-visit. The remains of this city-fortress lie in Gondar, and it is considered to be Africa's first-ever castle. The former residence of the Ethiopian Emperor Fasilides, Fasil Ghebbi is surrounded by a 900m long wall and houses churches, monasteries, palaces and exclusive public and private buildings with unique architecture that reflects Hindu, Arab, and later Jewish characteristics and influences. See More >

Best time to go to Ethiopia

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  • Travel Season
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Peak ( Oct - Mar )

September marks the end of the wet season, which means pleasant temperatures, lush greens and almost perennial blue skies from October to March. A cardigan and warm clothes are mandatory as temperatures dip all over, especially in the highlands. Tourists tend to throng to the Orthodox Christian festival of Timkat in January, so book in advance for hotels and activities. November and December are when the South Omo Valley and the Danakil Depression come alive, so plan accordingly.

Shoulder ( Apr - Jun , Sep )

Temperatures start to warm up a little end of March, making it ideal weather for trekking. Short bursts of rainfall (called beig) start in the Omo Valley, SW Ethiopia, and gradually move east over the Rift Valley in May and June, but this is not problematic at all. The tourist crush is less and the weather still gorgeous; nothing like a little rain to cool you off on those treks of jaw-dropping beauty. September is when the worst of the rains are done, and the country heads for its dry-spell and peak season.

Low ( Jul - Aug )

This is the season of heavy and persistent rainfall (the kiremt), so best to avoid travel during these months. However, if you don’t mind a little wetness, the Omo and Mago National Parks are still open for treks and wildlife spotting. In general, always check with your expert on the best times and places to travel in Ethiopia, as it's a year-round destination, particularly for wildlife spotting.

Meet your Ethiopia Experts

Experience Ethiopia with a true insider. Get expert advice and on-the-ground support.

This 6-year-old company is led by an Ethiopian-Spanish duo, both of whom have several years of collective experience in adventure, luxury, and a deep knowledge of the country. Their aim is to show travellers a side to Ethiopia rarely seen (read: deep insider experiences you will not find easily). The proof of their success lies in the numerous press mention and a steady stream of over 350 discerning travellers from all over the world, including elite adventurers and world-class photographers.

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A Historical Tour of Ethiopia