What to Visit in Ethiopia for First Time Travelers?
Regarded as the cradle of mankind and civilization, Ethiopia is well-known for the historical relics in the north, including the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the obelisks of Axum, the original Ark of the Covenant, etc. Take a historic tour from Addis Ababa sightseeing with its surroundings, fly north to the holiest city Axum to see the incredible archeological sites, drive along the way with stunning views to the Simien Mountains for an exhilarating game safari or exceptional trekking to seek remarkable flora and fauna, explore the Fasilides castle in Gondar, continue to Bahir Dar for a relaxing boat trip on Lake Tana, then discover the world wonder in Lalibela, all of these may take 7-10 days and will make your Ethiopia tours culturally and scenically unforgettable.
If there is sufficient time, you can add 3-5 days heading south to Arba Minch, Konso, Jinka and Turmi, so as to experience Ethiopia's mysterious tribal cultures, and stroll around their weekly traditional markets in the Omo valley region, which is renowned for its indigenous tribes, wildlife safari and impressive scenery.
Obelisks of Axum
Omo Valley Tribe
What is the Best Travel Time for My Ethiopia Tours?
As a year-round destination, travelers can visit Ethiopia any time of the year, especially for the historic trip. September to next January with low rainfall every year is the peak season in Ethiopia. It is recommended that tourists can avoid the rainy period of June to August and follow our Ethiopia holiday packages in dry season from September to next May. Furthermore, the best time for festivalgoers is January, March, April, September and November.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Ethiopia?
Yes. Visa is required for nationals of most countries in the world, other than citizens from Djibouti and Kenya. Depending on your nationality, you might get an Ethiopia Visa on Arrival. However, to make the process easier and smoother, the Ethiopian government still suggests foreign travelers to apply for E-Visa online when planning their Ethiopia tours.
How to Get to and Travel Around Ethiopia?
There are three international airports in Ethiopia, respectively in capital city Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa and Bahir Dar. As the largest airport in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Bole international airport (ADD) is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines operating flights in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, as well as offering nonstop service to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Bus and railway have not been well developed in Ethiopia, while car renting is highly recommended for Ethiopia tours since many gorgeous parts are not even covered by public transport. Traveling with us, you will enjoy private transfers for sightseeing and game drives.
Traditional market in Ethiopia
Stelae field of Tiya
What are the Popular National Parks to Encounter Wildlife?
Ethiopia holds more than 20 national parks, of which Mago, Omo and Gambella are renowned for spotting African wildlife, and Awash National Park is the oldest and easily reached one from Addis Ababa. With stunning views, unique natural attractions and extremely rare animals, Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains national parks are the popular destinations where you can experience hiking adventure or game drive to encounter the endemic wildlife.
Where to Exchange the Local Currency in Ethiopia?
There are many exchange points in Addis Ababa. Most hotels can also exchange U.S. dollars or euros to local cash for you, but sometimes the exchange rates are worse than those offered by the banks. Credit cards and ATMs are not widely accessible in small towns, thus you'd better prepare some cash there.