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Make the most of your trip to 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.

Ethiopia Travel Insights

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.

Colourful Simien Mountains

Trekking in the Simien Mountains and around Lalibela - 9-Day Itinerary

Explore the most important places along the classic historical northern route, like Gondar and Lalibela. You'll trek through Ethiopia's Simien mountains, accompanied by a guide, park rangers, cook, assistants and several mules and muleteer. In the Lasta Mountains above Lalibela, you'll stay in a beautiful eco-lodge. Finally, don't miss the opportunity to pass local Amhara villages and get in touch with its people and local farmers.

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.

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.

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.

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Trip Reviews for Ethiopia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Explore ethiopia out of addis ababa, Ethiopia - Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2017

Traveler: Maria Macarena H. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

The attention from Marco during all the searching and booking process was great, and the fact that you could pay all the travel costs through one platform made things very easy.

He developed different travel proposals for me and give me all kind of recommendations and advice.

Aa-bahir dar-gondar-simien trek-lalibela-trek-aa, Ethiopia - May 5 - May 15, 2017

Traveler: Jeff D. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

The trip allowed us to visit many exceptional sites accompanied by professionals, exploring and learning as we went. We especially appreciated the attention to our interests and the design of a trip that met our needs. Highlights were too many to mention but included - great visits to the Blue Nile, the Simien Mountains with opportunities to visit with the Gelada, Lalibela, and Addis. The guides were consistently pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Marco has a great understanding of the... read more

The trip allowed us to visit many exceptional sites accompanied by professionals, exploring and learning as we went. We especially appreciated the attention to our interests and the design of a trip that met our needs. Highlights were too many to mention but included - great visits to the Blue Nile, the Simien Mountains with opportunities to visit with the Gelada, Lalibela, and Addis. The guides were consistently pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Marco has a great understanding of the country and opportunities to both see and experience it and an excellent ability to recruit team members across Ethiopia to support the trip.

Aa-bahir dar-gondar-simien trek-lalibela-trek-aa, Ethiopia - May 5 - May 15, 2017

Traveler: Janet S. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

Really enjoyed our trip and our experience with the guides was fantastic. The whole experience went smoothly and SimienEcoTours and their guides are a large reason for our ability to immerse ourselves into the Ethiopian natural and cultural environment.

Marco was very responsive before the trip, kept track of our experience to make sure all was well along the way, and served as a local guide in Addis as well.

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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