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Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy Africa Travel Specialist
"Ethiopia offers a very different wildlife experience: it is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Swayne's hartebeest, all of which number only some 500 individuals, globally. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized, furtive Bale monkey."

Best Time To Visit Ethiopia

When to go

January to March is an especially popular time to go to Ethiopia as the weather is warm and pleasant, making the country ideal for touring. The largest Ethiopian festival, Timkat, is held in January and we run a small group tour that also takes in the historical sites. 

Throughout most of Ethiopia the rainy season runs from July to August. In the Omo Valley, however, the main rains fall from end March to early June and again in November. With the upgrading of the airports along the Historic Route, it is now possible to visit the north throughout the year. (Avoid both the Simien and Bale mountains in July-August).

When to go to Ethopia - Climate Chart

Getting there

Ethiopian Airlines operates daily London Heathrow to Addis Ababa flights (direct). Flying time is approximately 8 hours. They also operate 5 flights a week from Manchester to Addis Ababa. (2019 update).  Alternatively, Emirates operates flights to Addis Ababa via Dubai.  

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours


UPDATE  All visitors require visas.  A single entry 1 month visa is also issued on arrival at Bole Interntional Airport for US$50 (cash). 


Parts of Ethiopia (Rift Valley and far South) are malarial and precautions should be taken. Yellow fever certificates are no longer requested on entry. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS website, Fit For Travel for details of recommended vaccinations for your destination. Zika virus has been identified in Ethiopia so we advise pregnant women not to travel there. 

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