Ethiopia Tailor-made Holidays

A land of unlikely contrasts, unique fauna, spectacular cultures and jaw-dropping scenery.

Ethiopia

Landlocked within the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a nation of remarkable diversity with an ancient Christian heritage, surprising wildlife, vibrant cultures and jaw-dropping scenery.

The country is bordered to the north by Eritrea, to the east by Somalia and Djibouti, to the west by Sudan and South Sudan and to the south by Kenya.

Formerly known as Abyssinia, Ethiopia appears to be one of the earliest cradles of mankind and has produced some of our oldest hominid skeletal remains, including those of “Lucy” which date back 3.2 million years and are on display in the National Museum of the capital, Addis Ababa.

With 3.3 million people, Addis Ababa has the largest share of Ethiopia’s 102 million population. Much of the country is surprisingly fertile with many grains such as teff, wheat, barley, corn and millet grown and exported through the port in Djibouti.

Ethiopia is justifiably famous for its fascinating ancient history and tribal cultures.  The spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela dating back to the 12th Century, the ruins of Axum and the impressive monasteries in Bahir Dar are among its best known archaeological sites.

Ethiopia is special within Africa for having truly dramatic mountain scenery: indeed, the Simien Mountains are often referred to as the “The Roof of Africa”. With such breathtaking highland vistas and endemic fauna and flora, Ethiopia contains landscapes and wildlife not often associated with Africa.

Among its most striking species are the graceful Ethiopian wolf, ground-dwelling gelada baboon, sure-footed Walia ibex, majestic lammergeier and magnificent mountain nyala. The avifauna of Ethiopia totals 924 species, of which 23 are endemic and three are rare or accidental. The birdlife is particularly remarkable for its tameness, as birds are rarely persecuted and thus will allow close approach by humans.

Ethiopia also boasts lush primary cloud forests to the south, and vast lakes and more typical African savanna along the Great Rift Valley. All told, Ethiopia is certainly a destination to be savoured.

Ethiopia Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Wildlife and Cultural Highlights of Ethiopia

A fantastic and comprehensive tour taking in all the major wildlife and cultural...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Highlights of Ethiopia in Comfort

A well paced itinerary designed to showcase the top natural and historical highl...
# Group Tour

The Photogenic Wildlife Highlights of Ethiopia

This expert led group tour concentrates on the superb, unusual and photogenic wi...

Featured Accommodation

Maribela Hotel

One of the most comfortable and traditional hotels in Lalibela, overlooking a dr...

Sora Lodge

A small, family run lodge with authentic Tukul hut rooms and superb evening suns...

Hara Langano Lodge

A peaceful lakeside lodge on Lake Langano, perfect for nature lovers and birdwat...

Haile Resort

With Lake Awassa right on the doorstep, this stunning resort is a highlight when...

Bale Mountain Lodge

A relaxing cosy eco mountain lodge with excellent wildlife spotting opportunitie...

Goha Hotel

A wonderful modern hilltop hotel retreat offering panoramic views overlooking Go...

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Ethiopia: 8.980603, 38.757761

Best Time To Visit Ethiopia

October to April is the driest period. This is also when the wintering Palearctic birds are present and the settled weather makes for optimal wildlife viewing. However, during the wetter months there is a mixture of brief tropical rainstorms and sustained periods of clear blue skies, providing beautiful light and lush greenery for fabulous photography.

Travel Info

Flight Time
Approximately 7.5 hours directly from London to Addis Ababa.

Time Zone
GMT +3

Best visited
October to May

Language Spoken
Amharic

Population
102 million

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

Ethiopia combines well with countries such as Tanzania for a more typical African big game safaris. It also works well for those interested in Africa’s great apes, having excellent flight connections with Uganda and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). One can also add Madagascar for lemurs, rainforests and stunning beaches fringed by coral reefs: Ethiopian Airways now has direct flights from Addis Ababa to the Big Red Island.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Ethiopia please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965