Ethiopia

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is in many ways a very exceptional African country. Firstly, it is considered the birthplace of humankind for the reason that the first fossils of modern man were found here. Secondly, it was the second country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion. Thirdly, Ethiopia was not colonised by any foreign power except for a brief Italian occupation during the Second World War. Ethiopia is a country of unimaginable natural diversity and beauty - located in the East African Rift Valley, it has some of the highest mountains on the continent and the hot and rugged Danakil Depression, 125 metres below sea level. The Blue Nile, a branch of the world's longest river, the Nile, also originates in Ethiopia.

See the trip suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about trips to Ethiopia.

Kameli Travel organises trips to Ethiopia - whether you want to experience the bustling capital Addis Ababa alone, explore the tribes in the south of the country, see the carved stone churches of Lalibela, stop off at Aksum where a Ark of the Covenant is said to be located, visit the labyrinthine alleys of the old town of Harar or visit the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest places in the world. All this can be done by plane or car. Some also by bicycle or camel, if you wish!

We can arrange an expert guide for you or your group, transport services and book your preferred level of accommodation.

Contact us if you are interested, need more information about travelling to Ethiopia or already know where you would like to go in Ethiopia. Or let us know when and let us make a suggestion. A trip to Ethiopia can easily be combined with a visit to Somaliland, Puntland, Djibouti and Eritrea. And thanks to great air connections, even in West Africa!

Ethiopia, in East Africa, is a huge landlocked country (1 104 300 km²) and Germany or Finland could fit more than three times its size inside. The population of this Horn of Africa country is around 110 million and the capital Addis Ababa is located high up in the centre of the country. Ethiopia is a unique exception on the map of Africa, having never been subjugated by a colonial power, except for a brief Italian occupation during the Second World War. The official language is Amharic, but English is spoken reasonably well, at least by those working in tourism. People make their living from agriculture and coffee, for example, is native to Ethiopia. Tourism is a rising industry, but you don't see large masses of people here so far.

Climate: Ethiopia is located in tropical latitudes, but the weather varies greatly from region to region, especially depending on terrain. In low-lying areas, the climate is similar to that of a desert or tropical savannah, with average annual temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. In the highlands, the average annual temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius.

Ethiopia has three seasons: a dry season from September to February, followed by a short rainy season from March to April. May is the hot dry season, followed by the long rainy season from June to August. The coldest months are generally December and January.

Security: The security situation in Ethiopia is generally good, but local conflicts sometimes prevent travel to certain areas. Border areas should be avoided. We are able to obtain an up-to-date security situation quickly from our Ethiopian partners. There may be pickpockets in the crowds. Traffic is the main risk factor.

Visa: Most travellers (including EU citizens) need a visa to Ethiopia. This can be obtained either as an e-visa applied for in advance or as a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa airport. The cost is $82. Please note that visa policies are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.

Currency: Ethiopia uses the Birr (ETB) as its currency. You should take dollar or euro banknotes with you and exchange them at your destination or withdraw local currency from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Ethiopia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you arrive from a country where the disease is present or if you have spent more than 12 hours in a country with yellow fever while travelling to Ethiopia. Yellow fever is present throughout the country (excluding the eastern Afar and Somali regions). In addition, vaccination against hepatitis a and b is recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. In Ethiopia (excluding Addis Ababa), malaria occurs throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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