Ethiopia

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Overview

Enchanting and bewildering in equal measures - even the way they measure time here is different to the rest of the world - Ethiopia is one of Africa's most interesting countries.

First time visitors to Ethiopia are generally amazed by the stunning natural beauty of a country that is also incredibly rich in culture and history. The striking diversity of landscapes, ancient traditions and people leaves a lasting impression to challenge the misleading stereotype of a land stricken by years of drought and famine.
 
Visitors to Ethiopia can explore a destination enriched with culture and history and in turn disembark their journey with an incredible spiritual attainment.


 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya   Addis Ababa   Birr (ETB)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  Amharic   Addis Ababa   +251  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
 
When to go

Ethiopia is in the tropical zone lying between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. There are three different climate zones in Ethiopia and weather varies substantially depending on altitude. The average annual temperature in the highlands is about 61 °F (16 °C), while the lowlands average about 82 °F (28 °C). At Addis Ababa, which ranges from 7,218 to 8,530 feet (2,200 to 2,600 m), the maximum temperature is 78.8 °F (26 °C) and minimum 39.2 °F (4 °C).
 
Best time to go: October to December (countryside is delightful after all the rain)
High season: January to March
Low season: April to September (Rainy season)
Best Weather: October to March
Worst Weather: August (Hottest and wettest month)
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

The oldest fossil skeleton of a human was discovered in Ethiopia. So too was coffee, making Ethiopia the home of mankind and mankind’s favourite wake-up drink
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 220V
The plug used is D, J, L
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    Addis Ababa
Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, this big, sprawling, hospitable city still bears the stamp of his exuberant personality. More than 21,000 hectares in area, Addis Ababa is situated in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillsides and gullies cut through with fast flowing streams.
 
         
    Lalibela
This is a city designed and built to be the 2nd Jerusalem, many Ethiopians from the city still claim that fact.  It is home to an extremely impressive array of churches that are carved out of stone including the famous St. Georges Cathedral.  There is also a variety of monasteries in the region that you can visit.
 
         
    Omo Valley
Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it.  It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley.  The region is known for its culture and diversity.
 
         
    Axum (Aksum)
Axum happens to be one of the oldest cities in Africa and home of the ancient Aksumite Empire.  There are ruins around the entire city and you can find some of the best relics and artifacts in the center of the city.  Axum also is the supposed location of the Ark of the covenant.
 
         
    Feeding Hyenas in Harar
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ethiopia, most people would be absolutely mortified to do this.  At two different locations in the city you are able to feed the Hyenas every single night. The city of Harar is also extremely interested being the 4th most holy city for Muslims
 
         
   
Simien Mountains
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Simien Mountains are often called God’s playground because of their unique formations.  There are treks available into the national park where you can find a unique combination of animals and incredible landscapes.
 
         
 
 

 

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