Ethiopia Travel Guide

Ethiopia is a really up and coming travel destination with friendly people, spectacular landscapes and lots of amazing places to see. Not many places compare to Ethiopia - expect bustling cities, stunning nature, lakes, mountains and tasty cuisine. Get inspired to visit Ethiopia today.


 
 

Travel Packages in Ethiopia

Discover the best of Ethiopia with our travel and backpacking ideas.

Ethiopia Travel Guide

Ethiopia Destination Guide

Get essential information, inspiration and travel ideas for visiting Ethiopia.

  • Capital - Addis Ababa
  • Currency - Birr (ETB)
  • Population - 74,778,000 (approx)
  • Languages - Amharic (official), Oromo, Tigrinya Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic (official), other local languages
  • Country Dialing Code  +251

 

 

Top Reasons to Visit Ethiopia 

There are so many reasons you should travel to Ethiopia including:

  • Less touristy than other destinations in Africa meaning you will get a more authentic experience
  • Tasty local food
  • Some of the most friendly people in the world
  • World famous tourist sights
  • Learn more about the history of the tribes and country
  • Tourism is helping to boost the economy and employ local people

 

Ethiopia Travel

Travelling in Ethiopia 

Thinking about going backpacking or travelling in Ethiopia? There are so many incredible places you can visit in Ethiopia including Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar Castles And Churches, Bahirdar, Gondar-Tekeze Valley, Lalibela-Rock Hewn Churches, Bahar Dar, feeding hyenas in Harar, Gondar (Gonder), the Simien Mountains and the Omo Valley. Travelling in Ethiopia will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. This is one of the world's most intriguing countries and one our top rated up and coming travel destinations. Don't leave the country before taking a game drive through Bale National Park, a cruise on the waters of Lake Chamo and try to meet the people of the Dorze, Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes. You can also encounter the tribes of the Omo Valley which is highly recommended. 

 

 

Ethiopia Travelling

Best Things to See & Do in Ethiopia

Here are some top things to add to your Ethiopia travel itinerary:

  • Explore Addis Adaba, Ethiopia's timeworn yet fascinating capital. A visit to the Ethnological Museum is highly recommended, as it provides a valuable background to what you'll be seeing in your trip. You could also head for the bustle of the Mercado Central, the biggest open-air market in Africa, 
  • Drive out along the ever-changing Ethiopian landscape to Bale Mountains National Park. Try to spot packs of Painted Hunting Dogs and Ethiopian Wolves - some of the rarest canids in the world - on a nature walk in the Havenna Forest. Travel on to Arba Minch, stopping off at small villages en route.
  • Set out by boat on Nech Sar National Park's Lake Chamo for the chance to see hippos and crocodiles up close.
  • Venture into the hills for a visit to the friendly Dorze people. Learn about the logic underlying the construction of their unique huts and perhaps witness traditional weaving in action. Take a game drive through Mago National Park to meet the Mursi tribe, known for the huge clay lip plates worn by the women.
  • Marvel at the distinctive hairstyles and highly imaginative bodily decorations of the Hamer and Karo tribes. If the timing of our visit coincides with a male initiation rite, we may even catch a bull jumping ceremony.
  • Learn about development projects designed to improve the livelihoods of the local Konso people.
  • Watch local men haul in salt from the bottom of a salt lake.
  • Wander among the standing stellae of Tututsi, which reveal something of the ancient customs of the people whose graves they mark.
  • Travel to the university town of Awassa and check out its fascinating fish market or pick a restaurant for a final feasting on spicy Ethiopian cuisine.

 

 

Ethiopia Budget Travel Tips

Ethiopia is a very cheap travel destination and you can get great value on transport, sightseeing, accommodation and food. Accommodation might not be luxury standard but there are a good level of comfortable hotels and places to stay. Expect conditions in rural areas to be more basic. Public transprt can be unreliable but you can book private transport with local companies througout the country - your accommodation should be able to help with this. One of the easiet ways to get around is with an organised experience.

 

 

Health & Safety

Ethiopia is a very poor country but very few foreigners encounter any problems when visiting. If you are female you should dress conservatively. You will need to take Insect repellent, sunscreen, a mosquito net, a medical kit and also rehydration / diarrhoea tablets

 

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