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Introducing Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a unique destination in many ways. It has its own languages (more than 84), its own calendar (7 years behind the Gregorian, 13 months per year), its own strand of Christianity (Ethiopian-orthodox) and unparalleled history, culture and landscape.

In the high mountains of the North, called the roof of Africa, one feels neither part of Africa nor Asia. The Semitic people, speaking age-old languages, plow their stony fields with ox-drawn wooden plows. Peoples' cultures and habits are as various as the different natural sceneries that Ethiopia has to offer and that embrace all different landscapes from the driest desert with the world's hottest temperatures to the greenest forests. Ethiopia has 9 Cultural or Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with Morocco more than any other African country.

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Bete Georgis church in Lalibela
Ethiopia's Northern Historical Route - 10 Days

Drive through the Simien Mountains and visit four UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites, along with the other main highlights of the classic historical northern route, like Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, and Lalibela. At night, enjoy a stay in the highest hotel in Africa, the Simien Lodge.

Ethiopian orthodox church with sun rays in Addis Ababa
Best Things To Do In Addis Ababa

Almost everyone starts and ends their trip to Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. No matter what your interests may be, there is a variety of cultural highlights and adventurous activities to explore. Below you'll find a list of some of the great things to do around Addis Ababa.

Mount Zuqualla from the Plane
Day Trips from Addis Ababa

Looking for a list of great day trips around Addis Ababa? While starting and ending in Addis Ababa each day, you're still able to get away to explore the natural beautiful and cultural heritage outside of the city. Activities range from multi-hour hikes to visiting holy lakes and ancient monasteries.

Bete Georgis church in Lalibela
Short Trip to Ethiopia's North: 5-Day Itinerary

Whether you have an extended stopover or simply want to add some sightseeing to your business trip in Addis Ababa, this is the ideal tour if your time in Ethiopia is limited. This itinerary includes Bahir Dar and Lalibela, two of the main destinations on the country's classic northern route. On your day of driving and domestic flights between the historic cities, you'll be able to admire the dramatic landscape of Ethiopia's highlands.

Simien Mountains
Climb Ras Dashen, Ethiopia's Highest Peak - 12 Days

Explore the Simien Mountains and climb Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia. You'll also have the chance to visit the capital city of Addis Ababa and the historic palaces of Gondar, making for an itinerary that combines both the cultural and natural highlights of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Sky
When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Ethiopia?

Most parts of Ethiopia experience two main climate seasons - a dry season (October - May) and a rainy season (June - August). However, differences in altitude tend to add a number of variations, both in terms of temperatures and rainfall. Lowland areas usually see hotter temperatures than the Highland regions, which cover a great portion of Ethiopia. Here, weather conditions are noticeably cooler and there are also generally higher levels of rainfall to be expected.

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Trip Reviews for Ethiopia

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East africa, Ethiopia - Sep 29 - Oct 9, 2018

Traveler: Tom W. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

Our guide Elayas was simply superb. We were greatly surprised and excited about the rich scenery, history and traditions in Ethiopia . Evenings of traditional dancing, and foods were an unexpected bonus. The ritual coffee ceremony almost every day was most appreciated, giving us a welcome boost. Local markets were festinating & robust , especially in Lalibela. The people everywhere were friendly and helpful.

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Photography tour , Ethiopia - Sep 23 - Oct 4, 2018

Traveler: Solovkin S. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

Its has been amazing 12 days trip with Mihiret being a tour guide and organized by Marco.

Ethiopia is not an easy country when it comes to street and people photography. However every visit to a location was organized with much knowledge, expertise and love., and as a result I got thousands of great photos.

Mihiret speaks local languages, knows, traditions, all do's and what is also very important - dont's.

Highly recommended!

Jewish heritage, Ethiopia - Jul 9 - Jul 16, 2018

Traveler: Malka R. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

My experience in Ethiopia was great. Our guide, Tadele Molla, was very accommodating and tried his best to to meet our needs. Since we did not eat all the meals we asked for our laundry to be paid for instead which worked our great.

There were a few miscommunications which were frustrating. When corresponding with Marco I asked about tipping and how much money I should bring. He said everything was covered and all we needed was for things I wanted to buy. Tadele had us tip the daily... read more

My experience in Ethiopia was great. Our guide, Tadele Molla, was very accommodating and tried his best to to meet our needs. Since we did not eat all the meals we asked for our laundry to be paid for instead which worked our great.

There were a few miscommunications which were frustrating. When corresponding with Marco I asked about tipping and how much money I should bring. He said everything was covered and all we needed was for things I wanted to buy. Tadele had us tip the daily guides, of which there were 3 different ones. That needs to be made clearer. Two of the hotels did not have working toilets or showers so we asked for a change of rooms/hotels.

We had hoped to get into the Jewish village in Addis Ababa but that did not work out either. Our entire purpose in going to Ethiopia was to see our roots so it would have been nice to be told ahead of time that that excursion might be difficult. We talked to so Israeli volunteers that said they had no difficulty and all that needed to be done was contact the local rabbi of the village.

I know language can be an issue in communication so I am willing to take on some of the responsibility and tried to be clear in my questions and concerns.

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Hiking, nature, caving, road trip starting in Addis Ababa

Arriving on the 8th of May until the morning of the 14th. We arrive in Addis Ababa. We're looking to for hiking, visiting tribal peoples, seeing mountains, nature, caving, epic vistas and perhaps a road trip. More into natural and remote peoples than...

A couple visited Ethiopia in May 2017

Bahir Dar-Gondar-Simien Trek-Lalibela-Trek

We are a couple traveling to Adidis Ababa for a meeting and we are exploring taking a tour after the meeting. The meeting occurs from May 1 to 5 in Adidis Ababa. We like to meet people, hike or bike in nature, explore cultures, and see historic sites. We...

A couple visited Ethiopia in May 2017

9 day Trekking Route in Simien Mountains and Lalibela

I am interested in the 9 day Trekking Route in Simien Mountains and Lalibela as described, but lengthening it by two days to include Bahir Dar, the falls visit and Lake Tana as described in 'The Northern Historical Route by Plane and Car - 10-day...

Group of 6 friends looking to visit Ethiopia in January 2018