Ethiopia has an elevated plateau ranging in height between 2,000 to 3000 meters. In the north and southeast part of the country there are high mountains whose picks rise to above 4,300m.Ethiopia also has two major favorable seasons’ wet and dry seasons. Wet season runs from June to September and dry occurs between October and May. The Danakil Depression is hot year-round, with temperatures often exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.
Professional or high standard video equipment is difficult to be brought to Ethiopia. An official permission letter can be expensive too. You may want to consult your local Ethiopian Embassy if you are bringing high standard equipment.
In many places, small fees are charged for photos taken of people, especially in the southern tribal areas of Ethiopia. Video fees can be very high in national parks and other guarded places.
Note: If you see someone you would like to photograph, always ask for their permission before taking his or her photo.
We believe that tipping to a tour escort or coach drivers reflect the client’s personal appreciation of a professional job well done. However we do not make any specific recommendation towards the amount.
Domestic Flights; are available to 29 domestic flight destinations the country.
International Flights; Ethiopian Airlines is one of the most reliable airlines in the world and flying to 45International destinations. Other international airways are:
Ethiopia can be expressed as one of the safest countries in Africa. One can freely walk around on the main streets with relative ease and sense of security. We do advise that you keep things you cannot do without at your hotel i.e. your passport, large amounts of cash, expensive jewelry etc.
The possession of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is not mandatory. Immunization for Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid Diphtheria, Meningococcal, and Polio is recommended.
Malaria: In most of the sites malaria is not a problem because of the high elevation, e.g. Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar and Lalibela. But it may occur in Bahir Dar at the end of the rainy season and after unseasonable rains. Lowland areas along the Awash River, the Omo Valley, Rift Valley and Gambelia are subject to malaria outbreaks. Chloroquine resistant strains have been identified in most areas so you should consult your doctor about the prophylaxis.
Visitors should take a simple first aid kit, band aids, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream and/or tablets for insect bites, sunscreen (while temperatures are moderate, the sun is strong), anti-diarrhea tablets, mosquito repellent, broad spectrum antibiotics, and anti-bacterial spray or cream.