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Nothing quite prepares the traveller for Ethiopia’s breath-taking beauty, remarkable ancient history and sheer diversity of peoples. Explore this rugged land with us and unearth its culture and natural wonders.
Ethiopia is a fiercely independent nation – so much so that it has never been colonised, unlike every other African country. The lack of outside influence gives visitors an insight into an old and original Africa that has teased and intrigued the world with its three-million-year-old archaeological findings. Two of the most significant sites to visit are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
Scenically, dramatic mountains and desert-like wilderness give way to Ethiopia’s largest lake, Tana, the site of the monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, which houses bold, bright paintings.
For animal lovers, no Ethiopia tour is complete without visiting the Simien Mountains National Park or Bale Mountains National Park, where many visitors have managed to see dozens of animals and birds, many of which can be found nowhere else on the planet.
Weather & Climate
January to March sees clear, sunny days with average daily temperatures of 25°C. April to September brings the rainy season with high humidity and temperatures reaching 45°C.
When to go
October to December, the countryside is lush and there are a low number of tourists. January to March is ideal for wildlife spotting.