Traveling to Ethiopia from Various Destinations

Traveling to Ethiopia occurs from various destinations around the world. Go Visit Ethiopia will advise you in your travel arrangements from where ever you are.

Our website offers valuable information on bookings, accommodations,local events, and additional information on traveling within the country, as well as information to get the most out of your travel experiences.Traveling to Ethiopia involves securing a visa to enter into the country.Information is available on our site to assist you in the visa application process.

Most airlines require travelers to check –in at the airport at least three hours before departure time. This is essential to confirm and hold reservations made for your flights. Later arrivals do not hold guaranteed departure.As each flight trip is unique by originationtraveling arrangements may have different departure guidelines. Departure and arrival times will also differ due to different stop-overs.

Most flights coming into Ethiopia are usually handled by Ethiopian Airlines. The airline’s schedules change frequently, so it is recommended to check for updates closer to the date of your flight arrangements.

Ethiopian Airlines offers a variety of direct flights, and is one of the best African airlines providing a large number of destinations.The Airline is the national carrier which offers international flight services from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and the United States. It also offers an extensive domestic network undertaking passenger and cargo charter flights.

Normally air travelers arrive at Bole International Airport which is located near the center of the city. The duration of each flight may differ depending on departure, stopovers, and landing. Security and safety within the airport is given top priority. Ethiopian Airline offices are open from daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several offices are located throughout the city of Addis Ababa.

Upon your arrival to Addis Ababa, short distance and long distance buses are available for your convenience in the city. Minibuses are available for faster journey to your destination within Ethiopia. Most tourists prefer to use the minibuses due to efficiency and reasonable cost. Note: transportation costs will vary. Information is provided for your convenience.

Ethiopia lies wholly within the tropics, but its proximity to the equator is moderately influenced by the elevation of the land. As a resulttravelers to the country enjoy a pleasant climate.

Sunshine is virtually guaranteed. For the most part of the year, clear skies reign. The averagetemperature rarely exceeding 20°C (68°F). The climate over the greater part of the country is temperate.

The climate varies greatly from region to region. On the hot and humid lowland edges of western, eastern and southern Ethiopia do temperatures creep above 30°C. The Danakil Depressions in the Afar Region have a hot, dry climate producing semi-desert conditions. The sparsely populated lowlands typically have sub–tropical and tropical climates.

The climate on the northern plateau is cool, and usually the atmosphere is exceedingly clear, and objects at great distance can easily be recognized. In the central highlands such as the capital city Addis Ababa the maximum temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F) and minimum 4 °C (39.2 °F).

Ethiopia’s weather is usually sunny and dry. In most areas, rainfall occurs in two distinct seasons: The short rain season known as “belg” occurs from February to April. The big rainy season “meher” caused by the southwest monsoon, lasts from mid-June to mid-September. It is followed by the dry hot period from October to February. The rainy season is of great importance not only to Ethiopia but to the countries of the Nile valley, as the prosperity of the eastern Sudan and Egypt is largely dependent upon the rainfall.

Despite enjoyable climate and sunshine, there are visible effects of climate change in the country, and the average temperatures have been increasing at 0.3°C per decade. Higher temperatures in this region have serious impacts on food production, and the risk of disease such as malaria. There is also a known connection between rainfalland the increased frequency of drought in Ethiopia over the last two decades.

Traveling to Ethiopia will allow you and your family to experience its rich culture and customs. The country is full of history and experience, and is a delightful place to visit. When deciding to travel to Ethiopia, some basic travel guidelines will make your trip more carefree.

Travel Insurance

In case of medical needs while in Ethiopia, you need to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. It is expected that you pay in full after your treatment, and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore must have cash with you, or pay by credit card or bank wire transfer.

In order to get the compensation from your insurer, you must be treated by licensed medical professional who can provide you a proper documentation and receipts.Always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for any repatriation to your home country.

At the event of any medical or other emergencies, you can contact you country's local embassy in Addis Ababa.

Traveling to Ethiopia with Pets

Dogs trained to assist travelers who are sight or hearings impaired are allowed onto cabins on Ethiopian flights. The passenger must be dependent upon the dog; the dog must be harnessed and muzzled according to carrier guidelines. Usually, there are no additional fees in this situation. Prior notification is needed during booking arrangements.

Families who want to bring their house pets (dogs or cats) have several options when making travel arrangements to Ethiopia. Pets are defined in current passenger tariffs when in a carrier and accompanied by the owner. Pets can also be shipped within the cargo area of the flight carrier. Notification should also be given when making travel arrangements. Additional guidelines by carriers are available.

Traveling to Ethiopia while Pregnant

Women who are up to 32 weeks along in their pregnancy are allowed to travel to Ethiopia by providing physician documentation. If any signs of labor are present, boarding will be denied. A physician signature of release is needed within seven days of travel.

Traveling to Ethiopia with Children

Ethiopian airlines are unable to accept children under the age of five without an accompanied adult during flights. A mandatory escort is required for children five to the end of age 11. To secure a mandatory escort for children of this age, additional arrangements are required when booking flight arrangements. Specific requirements will be needed during booking, including any necessary documentation forms and additional fee requests based on carriers used.

Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be a very interesting and rewarding experience in Ethiopia. The individual tourist may also find his stay more expensive as compared to participating in group travel. When traveling with a group, it is more feasible to split the costs of transportations, events, and so on. It may be harder to find people that are also touring the area to split costs with. The largest cost to most travelers to Ethiopia is that of transportation.

Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar, which has 12 months of each containing 30 days, and an additional 13th month with 5 days (6 days in a leap year) locally known as “pagume” means “additional” in Greek.  The Ethiopian Calendar is seven or eight years behind the Gregorian calendar. 

 

Ethiopia is three hours ahead of GMT time zone. In Ethiopia, the 12-hour clock cycles do not begin at midnight and noon, but instead are offset six hours. Thus, Ethiopians refer to midnight (or noon) as 6 o'clock.

 

Banking & Business Hours

Normally government offices and major businesses operate during normal working hours from Monday through Friday. Some private businesses are open on Saturdays as well. Sunday is officially a resting day.

 

Banks: Monday - Thursday 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, Friday 08:30-11:30 and 13:00-17:00

Shops: Monday - Friday: 08:00-02:30 and 15:30-19:30, Saturday: 09:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00

 

Yearly Festivals 

Ethiopians love to celebrate, or enjoy special occasions and family gatherings. Several yearly festivals are celebrated within Ethiopia. One of them is the Ethiopian New Year which commences on the 10th or 11th of September. Enkutatash, means "gift of jewels”, is a time Ethiopia celebrates the New Year. It is a time of exchange among members without exclusiveness. It is a spring festival in which singing occurs along with festive dancing.

 

Timket is a time of celebration approximately 2 weeks after the celebration of Ethiopian Christmas. The celebration is full of drama and colorful procession. The festival is three days long, and takes place during the most beautiful weather in Ethiopia.

 

Christmas (Genna) is also a time of celebration in Ethiopia. The actual holiday, Lidet, takes place normally on 7th January as a serious festival that occurs through the night. During the day, many young men will be found playing genna. Genna is a traditional game similar to hockey.

Meskal is the celebration of finding the true cross where Jesus was crucified upon. The celebration has occurred for more than 1600 years. The feast is celebrated currently on the 27th of September. During the celebration Meskal flowers are placed upon tall branches. In the evening, the branches are placed appropriately and ignited.

 

Meskal festivities begin with planting a green tree within each town square and marketplace. Each individual takes a daisy meskal pole to form a gigantic pyramid. Branches, or Chibo, are used to light the bundles known as demera. Celebrations of dancing and eating occur during this time. Bonfires are created and gun salutes given. The mountains regions are covered with flowers during this time of the year. The meadows are full of yellow meskal daisies. It is definitely a wonderful site to see.

 

Fasika is Ethiopia's Easter celebration which occurs after christen members participated in a set time fasting of Lent. Members do not partake of meat or dairy products during this time, and they consume only egetarian meals. During the church celebration, candles are lit for a beautiful Easter service. After the service, members are allowed to return home to break their fast. The time with the family is given with the exchange of gifts.

 

Festivals are an important part of Ethiopian culture. Traditions are held within the communities. Islamic festivals are also held within the region. Jewish festivals are also presented. Each year is a time of celebration, which creates more historical value for Ethiopia.

 

Travellers Guide Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling to Ethiopia is a delightful experience. Visitors may have questions prior to departure. Below are listed some of the most common questions and answers.

Read more: FAQ

Packing List

When traveling to Ethiopia, packing needs will vary by individuals or families. Yet, there are basic items that are suggested for travel to the area. Packing small items will decrease the amount of weight during air travel. Here is a simple packing list for travel to Ethiopia:

  • A variety of suitable clothing for warm days or cool nights.
  • Light Jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes, or hiking boots
  • Small battery operated hair dryers, etc.
  • Shawl or head covering, for women (especially if visiting Ethiopian churches)
  • Sun screen with DEET
  • Necessary amounts of prescription medicine 
  • Over the counter medications including Tylenol, Anti-motion sickness, cortisone cream, antibacterial ointment, anti-diarrhea, anti-histamine, anti-malaria pills
  • Iodine tablets for water purification
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Thermometer  
  • Traveler’s Checks
  • Passport with a valid visa & traveling documents
  • Small umbrella for rainy or very hot seasons
  • Small personal toiletries & sanitizers
  • Compact photo camera, charger, batteries and digital cards
  • Small first aid kit (adhesive tape and bandages) 
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Go Visit Ethiopia tour information & accommodation brochures
  • Ethiopia travel guide information

Some traveling destinations may require climbing or longer walks. It is highly recommended to wear comfortable and breathable clothing items. Prescribed medications should be brought with a little extra. It is highly recommended not to bring “too much” prescription medication into the country. Clothing items that are “revealing” is inappropriate and discouraged when visiting Ethiopia. 

 

Climate

Ethiopia lies wholly within the tropics, but its proximity to the equator is moderately influenced by the elevation of the land. As a result travelers to the country enjoy a pleasant climate. 

 

Sunshine is virtually guaranteed. For the most part of the year, clear skies reign. The average temperature rarely exceeding 20°C (68°F). The climate over the greater part of the country is temperate.

 

The climate varies greatly from region to region. On the hot and humid lowland edges of western, eastern and southern Ethiopia do temperatures creep above 30°C.  The Danakil Depressions in the Afar Region have a hot, dry climate producing semi-desert conditions. The sparsely populated lowlands typically have sub–tropical and tropical climates. 

 

The climate on the northern plateau is cool, and usually the atmosphere is exceedingly clear, and objects at great distance can easily be recognized. In the central highlands such as the capital city Addis Ababa the maximum temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F) and minimum 4 °C (39.2 °F). 

 

Ethiopia’s weather is usually sunny and dry. In most areas, rainfall occurs in two distinct seasons: The short rain season known as “belg” occurs from February to April. The big rainy season “meher” caused by the southwest monsoon, lasts from mid-June to mid-September. It is followed by the dry hot period from October to February. The rainy season is of great importance not only to Ethiopia but to the countries of the Nile valley, as the prosperity of the eastern Sudan and Egypt is largely dependent upon the rainfall. 

 

Despite enjoyable climate and sunshine, there are visible effects of climate change in the country, and the average temperatures have been increasing at 0.3°C per decade. Higher temperatures in this region have serious impacts on food production, and the risk of disease such as malaria. There is also a known connection between rainfall and the increased frequency of drought in Ethiopia over the last two decades.

 

Safety in the streets

Ethiopia is not only a very safe country, but also a place where you feel very welcome. The people are polite, warm and open. Particularly, Addis Ababa is a safe place to for tourists. It is extremely rare someone will attack you from the blue. Moreover, thanks to the Ethiopian government, these days, there is more police presence, and security guards everywhere.

 

Of course as a traveler you should always use your common sense and take some precautions. You should never leave your bags unattended, never display a lot of money, show off your expensive jewelry or digital devices unless you are in a safe place or accompanied with friends. Also be very careful of thieves in the market and crowded areas. They might distract you to grab your items. Always take little money, and leave your passport and ticket in a safe place. 

 

Road Safety

Car driving is a bit unknown in Ethiopia. Most car dealers will only let you drive cars around Addis Ababa. If you do not want to miss out the good bits of the country side, you need to rent a four-while car with a driver. If you decide to drive yourself, drive defensively. When walking or driving in Ethiopia, look out for careless drivers as in some towns they drive in every direction. 

 

Begging Kids

Usually a lot of children can be seen begging in market areas and major tourist sites, but very less begging in smaller towns. If you give them money; more of them will come asking for more money. The society is generally unhappy about this practice; some parents even give a spank to their children for this behavior. Giving money to children encourages them to leave school. If you enjoy giving, better give things to families, schools, local charities, or the sick and elderly. In some areas, such as at church entrances, you may see many baggers in the morning hours waiting for breakfast. If you are free to give them some food or even cloth.

 

Plausible Stories

Some people try to scam you if you appear a stranger. Sometimes, small children and young men approach you with a sorrowful look and invented stories; trying to convince you they are telling a true story. This could be an easy way to make money from new-comers. Avoid giving money. In fact, many people are really in need; you can make your own judgment if you choose to give them something.

 

Street Girls

Don't trust street girls who approach you for a ride. They are not quite visible in mian streets, but you may encounter them when walking in smaller side streets. Do not always assume you can have fun with them. It is difficult to get rid of them if you fail to keep your promises. They can turn wild, and scream and attract unwanted crowd until you give them some money. If they approach you, just smile and keep walking, of course unless you have decided to have a real fun.

 

Keep car windows shut

Open car windows are an excellent invitation to adventures thieves. Obviously, it can get very hot in Ethiopia, but don’t leave your car windows open. If riding in shared taxis, some passengers dislike air blowing through open windows. Yet, some taxis are not too bad as the side door is always open, but large busses and small taxis can be a real problem, 

 

Cultural show scam

These days, especially in Addis Ababa, you may be approached by gentlemen inviting you for local cultural show or traditional dancing. This can be a complete scam. They take you somewhere to show dancing, and offer you a drink. At the end you will be asked to pay unreasonable sum, or invite you to arguments that might turn to be violent. Do not attend such shows; you can get them for free if you visit a decent local restaurant.

 

Fake tour guides

When you take local guides, make sure they are genuine and know the area very well. You may end up telling them more interesting info about their country than you learn from them. While walking around tourist centers, many young men will approach to you as tourist guides with an aim to earn some money. It is a good option to take a guide, as they will walk you around the city, when you are shopping in the market. Definitely they also serve as deterrent against other annoying guides. Many guides speak reasonable English or some German, Italian, French or Arabic. To be in the safe side, it is advisable to hire a licensed tour guide.

 

Save your currency exchange receipts

On your return at the Bole Airport you will be asked to show your receipt if you want to change your remaining Ethiopian Birr back to your preferred currency. Make sure you keep all receipts of any exchanged Birr. If you go over the permitted amount of Birr for the exchange, just ask another fellow traveler with a passport to exchange the money for you. 

 

Ethiopian Police

You may have been warned against the behaviors of African police. Due to their minimum salary, some are forced to be corrupt, and take advantage of strangers in their country. In contrary, the Ethiopian police displays professionalism, and do not ask you for money. They may appear dangerous carrying their Kalashnikov guns, but they are polite and extremely helpful. 

 

Peeing in public

Do not get shocked if you watch men peeing in the public. It is not only real homeless men who did this; a lot of men just turn their back and go for it. They do not even think about going behind the bush a few meters away.

 

 Tourists who are traveling to Ethiopia must apply for a visa. It is recommended to apply for a visa before your departure. The following information is available and updated from time to time at www.ethiopianembassy.org . Embassies in each home country will also provide additional, up-to-date information for your local area.

Basic information concerning tourist visa applications:

-  Current passport valid for at least six months

-  One recent passport-size photograph

-  Copy of permanent residency card, green card, I-94 or work permit

-  A completed visa application form

-  Service fees will be paid in money order, check or certified bank check made payable to Embassy of Ethiopia (Visa Fees)

-  A self-addressed return envelope with sufficient prepaid postage

-  If all necessary requirements are met, the visa may be issued within few business days

Visa Application upon Arrival at the airport:

Tourist visa may be issued for three months on arrival at Bole International Airport for nationals and residents of the following countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Democratic people's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (South Korea), the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

 

NOTE: Eritreans and foreign nationals of Eritrean Origin cannot be issued a visa on arrival. They must obtain an entry visa prior to their departure to Ethiopia.

Traveling to Ethiopia occurs from various destinations around the world. Go Visit Ethiopia will advise you in your travel arrangements from where ever you are.

Our website offers valuable information on bookings, accommodations, local events, and additional information on traveling within the country, as well as information to get the most out of your travel experiences. Traveling to Ethiopia involves securing a visa to enter into the country. Information is available on our site to assist you in the visa application process.  

Most airlines require travelers to check –in at the airport at least three hours before departure time. This is essential to confirm and hold reservations made for your flights. Later arrivals do not hold guaranteed departure. As each flight trip is unique by origination traveling arrangements may have different departure guidelines. Departure and arrival times will also differ due to different stop-overs.

Most flights coming into Ethiopia are usually handled by Ethiopian Airlines. The airline’s schedules change frequently, so it is recommended to check for updates closer to the date of your flight arrangements. 

Ethiopian Airlines offers a variety of direct flights, and is one of the best African airlines providing a large number of destinations. The Airline is the national carrier which offers international flight services from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and the United States. It also offers an extensive domestic network undertaking passenger and cargo charter flights. 

Normally air travelers arrive at Bole International Airport which is located near the center of the city. The duration of each flight may differ depending on departure, stopovers, and landing. Security and safety within the airport is given top priority. Ethiopian Airline offices are open from daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several offices are located throughout the city of Addis Ababa. 

Upon your arrival to Addis Ababa, short distance and long distance buses are available for your convenience in the city. Minibuses are available for faster journey to your destination within Ethiopia. Most tourists prefer to use the minibuses due to efficiency and reasonable cost. Note: transportation costs will vary. Information is provided for your convenience.

 

Traveling to Ethiopia will allow you and your family to experience its rich culture and customs. The country is full of history and experience, and is a delightful place to visit. When deciding to travel to Ethiopia, some basic travel guidelines will make your trip more carefree.

Travel Insurance

In case of medical needs while in Ethiopia, you need to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. It is expected that you pay in full after your treatment, and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore must have cash with you, or pay by credit card or bank wire transfer. 

In order to get the compensation from your insurer, you must be treated by licensed medical professional who can provide you a proper documentation and receipts. Always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for any repatriation to your home country. 

At the event of any medical or other emergencies, you can contact you country's local embassy in Addis Ababa. 

Traveling to Ethiopia with Pets

Dogs trained to assist travelers who are sight or hearings impaired are allowed onto cabins on Ethiopian flights. The passenger must be dependent upon the dog; the dog must be harnessed and muzzled according to carrier guidelines. Usually, there are no additional fees in this situation. Prior notification is needed during booking arrangements.

Families who want to bring their house pets (dogs or cats) have several options when making travel arrangements to Ethiopia. Pets are defined in current passenger tariffs when in a carrier and accompanied by the owner. Pets can also be shipped within the cargo area of the flight carrier. Notification should also be given when making travel arrangements.  Additional guidelines by carriers are available.

Traveling to Ethiopia while Pregnant

Women who are up to 32 weeks along in their pregnancy are allowed to travel to Ethiopia by providing physician documentation. If any signs of labor are present, boarding will be denied. A physician signature of release is needed within seven days of travel. 

Traveling to Ethiopia with Children

Ethiopian airlines are unable to accept children under the age of five without an accompanied adult during flights. A mandatory escort is required for children five to the end of age 11.  To secure a mandatory escort for children of this age, additional arrangements are required when booking flight arrangements. Specific requirements will be needed during booking, including any necessary documentation forms and additional fee requests based on carriers used.

Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be a very interesting and rewarding experience in Ethiopia. The individual tourist may also find his stay more expensive as compared to participating in group travel. When traveling with a group, it is more feasible to split the costs of transportations, events, and so on. It may be harder to find people that are also touring the area to split costs with.  The largest cost to most travelers to Ethiopia is that of transportation.

 

Travel by Bus and Car

Visiting Ethiopia is a life changing experience. A variety of events are available for traveler to experience the culture and diversity held within the country. Tourist destinations can be visited within the area by a variety of means. 

In Ethiopia there are a variety of bus companies that cover all major towns. Bus companies offer seating on a first come, first service basis, with the exception of one. The Government busing service allows tourists to book seats ahead of time. Also, long destination route services allow for prior seat booking.

Private buses are available which leave at different times of the day. Each bus company provides transportation to various destinations. Traveling by bus occurs during the day time hours, ensuring the safety of the occupants. 

Minibuses provide services for shorter distance travel, usually within the bigger cities. Some will offer short distance travel between towns. Prices for minibus services are generally negotiable.

If you decide to travel by car, you will need to hire a driver, and rent a designated vehicle. Car travel allows the individual, or family, to view the country at your leisure. You will be able to soak in beautiful scenery. 

Four-wheel drive vehicles are popular for self-hire, generally within the capital of Ethiopia. It is also possible to hire a chauffeured four-wheel drive which has benefits. Although it can be more costly, there are fewer limits on where the vehicle can go within the area.

Travel by Train

Traveling Ethiopia by train is a unique experience which allows travelers to see the country side and the desert to experience beautiful landscaping. La-Gare is the main train station in Addis Ababa, also known as Chemin de Fer Djibouto-Ethiopien. One railway offers travel between Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, and Djibouti City. 

Travel departures occur every few days and the travel time varies approximately 15-18 hours. The train runs on different days and during different times of the year. Usually operation is available three times during the weeks: on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase two hours ahead of departure time. First class, second class, and third class seats are available.

Many people use the train service when they are offered, and therefore it is very busy. Border points are train stops during the railway travel. Passengers are allowed to get off the train and get food along with drinks. 

Currently the railway operates on meter-gauge tracks. Restoration of the railway is underway. If booking by rail, it is recommended to confirm travel times before departure to the train station, due to possible schedule changes

 

The 10 Ethiopian Heritage Sites which are inscribed by UNESCO:

1 -Axum Obelisk 

2-The Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela,

3-The Siemen Mountains National Park

4 -The Castles of Gondar

5 -Paleontological Sites of the Lower Omo Valley         Tangible Ethiopian heritage site

 6-Middle Awash Valley

 7-The Pre Historical Site of Tiya,

 8-The Walled City of Harrar (Jogole)

9-The Konso Land Scape and 

10-Meskel (The Finding of True Cross) Celebration- is the only intangible Ethiopian heritage site 

 

The 5 Tentative List of Ethiopian Heritage Sites by UNESCO: 

Bale Mountains National Park

13/03/2008

N

Dirre Sheik Hussein Religious, Cultural and Historical Site

14/12/2011

C

Gedeo Mixed Cultural and Natural Landscape

27/12/2012

CN

Holqa Sof Omar: Natural and Cultural Heritage (Sof Omar: Caves of Mystery)

14/12/2011

CN

Melka Kunture and Bachilt Archaeological Site

27/12/2012

C

 

 Ethiopian Sanctuaries:

1-Babile Elephant Sanctuary- Oromia Region

2- Swyeens Heartbest Sanctuary- Oromia Region

3 -Jello-Muktar Mountain Nyala Sanctuary- Oromia Region     Ethiopian Sanctuaries

4 -Yabello Sanctuary- Oromia Region

 

Ethiopian National Parks:

1- Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park- Oromia Region 

2- Alatish Nationa Park- Amhara Region

3- Awash National Park- Oromia and Afar Region

4- Bale Mountains National Park- Oromia Region 

5- Chebera- Churchura National Park- S/N/N/P Region

6- Gambella National Park- Gambella Region

7- Geraille National Park- Somalia Region 

8- Kefta Sheraro National Park- Tigry Region National Parks

9- Mago National Park- S/N/N/P Region 

10- Maze National Park- S/N/N/P Region

11- Netchisar National Park-S/N/N/P Region 

12- Omo National Park- S/N/N/P Region

13- Siemen Mountains National Park-Amhara Region

14- Yangudi-Rassa National Park- Afar Region

15- Yabello National Park- Oromiya Region

 

The main reasons why you need to visit Ethiopia;

- Ethiopia is the oldest nation in Africa next to Egypt.

- Ethiopia is the cradle of mankind where our ancestors came from.

- Ethiopia is the only African state which has its own written language.

- Ethiopia is a country which resisted colonialism and became the only independent state in Africa. 

- Ethiopia is the place birth of coffee.

- Ethiopia is the 1st and oldest Christian churches in Africa.

- Ethiopia is an ideal place for rest and relaxation in the sun. 

- Ethiopia offers complete experience of traveling in terms of culture, nature and adventure in all one vacation.

- Ethiopia has historical sites to all three of the world’s major religions namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

- Ethiopia is a place of ten world’s heritage sites which are recorded by UNESCO. Because of this,  it  is the first African country.     

- Ethiopia is a home of endemic plants, mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles and amphibians.

- Ethiopia is diversified in historical, nature based and culture based attraction sites.

 

Traveling to Ethiopia is a delightful experience. Visitors may have questions prior to departure. Below are listed some of the most common questions and answers:

1. What items should I take along with me on my travel to Ethiopia?

Tourists should pack the basic items of need for any traveling experience. We have included on site a basic list of items that you will need to pack for traveling.

 

2. How much baggage can I take on my flight to Ethiopia?

Airlines have different standards. Ethiopian Airlines allows you a free baggage allowance and a hand baggage option. When booking your ticket, the Airlines will give you further information based on your flight arrangements.

 

3. What happens to excess baggage when travelling to Ethiopia?

If a passenger exceeds the free baggage allowance, additional fees may be involved. The excess baggage will also need to be registered before the flight.

 

4. How do I transport my laptop, or other valuable items?

If you are transporting a laptop, or other valuable items, it is recommended to carry them in your hand baggage. Hand baggage goes with you onto the aircraft. If the need arises to place valuables in your luggage to be checked in for storage, it is highly recommended to declare their value.

 

5. Are there any special rules about carrying medication on board your flight?

The main rule of thumb with carrying on medications on board is to take only reasonable amounts of medication with you.

 

6. Is it easy to find a suitable accommodation in Ethiopia?

Accommodations are easy to find in Ethiopia. There are a variety of affordable places to stay throughout Ethiopia. If you desire a more luxury accommodation, there are a variety of places to stay in Addis Ababa for an increased price. 

 

7. What types of out-door activities are available in Ethiopia?

A wide range of activities are available including bird watching, rock climbing and fishing. Trekking is also a popular option for tourists. There is also a chance to go white water rafting and kayaking.

 

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