Overview – Ethiopia

Ethiopia, broadly viewed as the origin of mankind, is a huge nation situated in the Horn of Africa toward the northeast of the continent. Dissected by the Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia contains amazing mountain ranges and highlands, semi-deserts and steppes close to the immense plateaus and lowlands that join to frame one of the most ecologically different territories on the planet. At 1788 meters, you will track down the lavish flora and fauna of Lake Tana. Lake Tana is Ethiopia's biggest and the wellspring of the Blue Nile. Here you will find numerous types of birds and exceptionally distinctive fish, with an expected 70% of these endemic to the actual lake. 
Ethiopian safari would not be finished without a brief look at the mighty African elephant and the critically endangered black rhino. Alongside other critically endangered creatures, like the Ethiopian wolf (the rarest canid on the planet), Ethiopia safaris offer voyagers a remarkable window into the untamed excellence of the natural world – including various extraordinary greenery which may not be with us significantly longer.

  • Rates (USD)50

  • CurrencyBirr (ETB)

  • CapitolAddis Ababa

  • TimezoneGMT+3 (EAT)

  • Size1.104 million km²

  • LanguagesAfar, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya

  • Wildlife14 Animals

  • High SeasonOctober and June

  • Best Time to GoJanuary to March (weather is warm & sunny)

Pros & Cons

  • Ethiopia’s colourful festivals such as Timkat and Leddet
  • Very less crowd
  • Amazing diverse wildlife
  • Best Self-drive safaris are available; perfect for seasoned travellers
  • Remarkable Birding Experience
  • Diverse and ancient cultures
  • Challenging to spot wildlife in some of the parks
  • Long distances between safari areas
  • Roads are still under construction in some areas
  • Few parks are underdeveloped

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Food – Ethiopia

Ethiopian food is distinctive and flavorful, befitting an exceptional country with a cultural heritage that stands apart from the rest of Africa. Ethiopian cooking typically comprises vegetable and exceptionally spicy meat dishes. Establishment of by far most Ethiopian meals is injera, a giant grey spongey pancake-like bread, upon whose peculiarly rubbery surface are served a vast array of food sources, ranging from colourful hills of spicy stews to vegetable curries to cubes of crude meat. 
Ethiopians, similar to Indians, aren't shy of adding spices. Perhaps the most well-known accompaniment is berbere, an Ethiopian zest blend containing up to 16 constituent components, including chilli powder, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cardamom and cinnamon. 
Some well-known Ethiopian dishes are Tibs (Sliced beef or lamb, pan-fried in butter, garlic and onion), Kitfo (Made from the leanest meat), Beyainatu, Fuul, Tere siga, Doro wot, Enkulal firfir and Dulet.

Culture – Ethiopia

The culture of Ethiopia is diverse and generally structured along ethnolinguistic lines. The country's Afro-Asiatic-speaking majority adhere to an amalgamation of traditions that were developed independently and through interaction with neighbouring and faraway civilizations, including other parts of Northeast Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, and Italy. By contrast, the nation's Nilotic communities and other ethnolinguistic minorities tend to practice customs more closely linked with South Sudan and/or the African Great Lakes region.

Wildlife & Animals – Ethiopia

Ethiopia's wildlife is astoundingly assorted. Numerous mainstream safari creatures, for example, elephants and lions are available in little numbers, yet it's actually Ethiopia's surprising animals that get everyone's attention. In Simien Mountains National Park, you might spot the Walia ibex, Swayne's hartebeest and mountain nyala which all are endemic. A boat trip on Lake Tana is extraordinary for hippos, while enormous crocodiles can be seen in Nechisar National Park.

Wildlife Highlights

You'll be searching for some of Africa's most extraordinary and most endangered creatures in Ethiopia. In the Bale Mountains, you'll see the Ethiopian wolf, which is named the world's rarest dog species. Primate lovers are in for a treat since a few animal varieties are exceptional in Ethiopia. Without a doubt, the most attractive of these endemics are the brilliant golden-maned gelada monkey. The rare hamadryas baboon lives close to the more broad olive baboon in Awash National Park. Bale Mountains National Park is one of many spots where you'll have the option to see the aerobatic black-and-white colobus monkey, and it is likewise home to the as of late found Bale monkey.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing can be done throughout the year in Ethiopia and doesn't really depend on the seasons. However, For Bale and Simien Mountains, wildlife viewing will be perfect in the dry season from November to march when the weather generally has clear and warm days. In the wet season, wildlife can be unpleasant to visit when it is raining (particularly if you mean to hike or camp).

Birds – Ethiopia

With over 920 bird species recorded in Ethiopia makes it is one of Africa's top bird-watching countries. Great as this count is, the thing that truly makes Ethiopia stand apart is its enormous number of endemics and near endemics. Incredibly, the majority of these rare species can be seen on a standard birding trip. Specials to the side, the sheer number and assortment of brilliant birds are a feature for most guests. What's more, in case you're not a twitcher as of now, Ethiopia may very well be the country that changes over you.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The best time for bird watching is from November to March when most migratory birds are present. This coincides with the Dry season, which is an incredible time to travel. Birding is good in April to September as well when many resident birds come into breeding plumage and are more vocal and simpler to find. July and August see heavy rainfall which may meddle with bird watching and different activities.

Best Time to Visit – Ethiopia

To take complete advantage of your safari trip, you want to realize the best time to visit Ethiopia. However, Watching wildlife in Ethiopia isn't very season subordinate. Nonetheless, July and August are the wettest months and travel over that period isn't suggested (particularly if you mean to do some hiking or camping). Ethiopia's terrific view is at its best from September to December in the Dry season, when days are radiant, the scenery is green and rich and the sky is liberated from dimness after the rainfalls.

  • Best Time

    October to December (Beautiful scenery, little rain)

  • High Season

    October to March

  • Low Season

    April to September (Rainy and very hot on the plains)

  • Best Weather

    October to April (Little rainfall, sunny days)

  • Worst Weather

    July to August (Wettest months)

May to October (Dry Season)

  • Clear blue skies
  • Best time for Hiking & Camping
  • Best time for bird watching and migratory birds are present
  • Most of the days are dry & sunny
  • Gets very crowded in popular parks from October to April

November to April (Wet Season)

  • Migratory birds are present in this season hence Bird watching at its best
  • Many wild flowers in September
  • The scenery is beautiful and green
  • Newborn animals can be seen
  • Many days with heavy rainfall in July & August
  • Weather is cold and wet in Bale & Simien Mountains
  • Hiking and camping is not recommended in July & August

Best Time to Go to Ethiopia by Major Park

The vast majority of Ethiopia's parks can be visited consistently. You'll see creatures whenever. Notwithstanding, the view, which is a tremendous fascination of the parks, is at its best after the downpours from October to December. The higher slopes of Bale and Simien Mountains NP can be freezing and undesirable in the rains. April and August to October are generally less favourable for the Bale Mountains, and the wettest months in the Simiens are July and August.

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Getting There – Ethiopia

Ethiopia, situated in the famous Horn of Africa, is known as both the Land of Origins and the Land of a Thousand Smiles. Most of the visitors arrive at the Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa. Usually, the Safari operator picks you up at the airport and takes care of any travel arrangements from there. If you are already in the region it’s possible to get in by land from Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti. It is best to stay away from the borders of South Sudan and Somalia. Drive-around tours are also available (especially in southern Ethiopia). Even when flying around, covering some distances by car can be very rewarding as you'll see some of the Ethiopian countrysides.


  • All foreign visitors need a passport that is valid for at least six months
  • Passports must have a clean and a full visa page for endorsement.
  • Visitors can be obtain there Visas in advance from Ethiopian embassies or high commissions.
  • You can also apply through the online visa-application portal, the official website of the Ethiopian Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs.
  • For certain countries, A tourist visa can also be issued on arrival at Bole International Airport.
  • When arriving from a country in Africa or the Americas where yellow fever is present, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights from Addis Abe depart from Bole International Airport (ADD), located 5 kilometers/3 miles southeast of the city, and are available through Ethiopian Airlines.

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Safety & Security – Ethiopia

Travel to the Tigray region and other areas of Ethiopia is not encouraged due to ongoing armed hostilities. For the most up-to-date information, please consult your government's travel advisory, which is provided below.