Often thought of in terms of its terrible drought in the 1980s, Ethiopia is perhaps one of the most unexpectedly naturally abundant and culturally rich of African nations. Explored by pioneers and missionaries, though never colonized, Ethiopia's self-contained culture is rich with the tribal traditions of the Mursi, Bume, Karo, Hamer and Surma tribles, whose rituals such as dancing, music and body-marking remain evident today.

The heritage of the Orthodox Church in Gondar, Lalibela and Axum compliment the natural beauty of the Simien and Bale Mountain National Parks, rich with endemic bird and mammal life. Discover some of the tribes and wildlife in Africa or explore Ethiopia's historic route. Get in touch with our Africa travel specialist to plan a tailor-made holiday to Ethiopia.

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    Flight time from London
    7.5 hours
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    Time Zone
    UTC +3
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    Ethiopian Birr
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    Best Time to go
    September - April
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    Average Temperature
    24°C - 32°C

Featured Holidays to Ethiopia

The Historic Route

10 Days
from £3,630
per person
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Visit the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World, Lalibela, and its rock-hewn churches, explore the Simien Mountains, and leisurely float around the beautiful Lake Tana on a boat.

Tribes and Wildlife

13 Days
from £4,295
per person
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Ethiopia is home to the Mursi women, known for their lip adornments, and the 'Bull Jumping' Hamer men; it is also an amazing wildlife destination where you can spot the guerza monkey and the Simien wolf.
Destination expert Samantha Gee


Africa Specialist


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