Why Ethiopia: Soaring mountains, a vast lake and breathtaking landscapes combine with a rich history and diverse cultures to make Ethiopia one of Africa’s most fascinating countries.
Culture: Northern Ethiopia has an ancient Judaeo-Christian heritage and many historic cities containing stone churches, forts and castles. The country’s many tribal peoples still retain traditional lifestyles, each with their own language, customs, religious beliefs and body decoration.
When to Go: The climate varies according to the topography with the highlands having a temperate climate whilst the lowlands are very hot. The dry season runs from October to May and is the best time to visit. June to September is the rainy season and travel can be difficult.
Combine With: A wildlife safari in the national parks of neighbouring Kenya or in Tanzania farther south, to see big game.
Getting There: There are regular flights to Addis from Nairobi, Dubai (with Emirates), and from Johannesburg in South Africa.