Ethiopian manLeptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally a Phoenician trading port and then associated with the Romans from the 2nd century BC  

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Tailor made Holidays to Ethiopia

Map of EthiopiaEthiopia is a country four and half times larger than Great Britain that is barely touched by modern life. It not only supports an amazing diversity of flora and fauna, but is also the birthplace of mankind..

Human history began in Ethiopia when Lucy, an Australopithecine female whose remains were discovered here, stood up and walked in the grass-lands of the Danakil some 3.4 million years ago. 

Ethiopia does not merely offer a journey through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, but also one through the pages of human history and time.


Experience Timkat, the most colourful festival of the year. Book very early to join the Epiphany Festival of Timkat as flights and accommodation are booked up many months in advance. Celebrated all over the country, but it is most spectacular in Lalibela with processions, ceremonies and dancing.

Visit the Omo, the last wilderness of Ethiopia. A truly extraordinary region of Ethiopia is just taking its first tentative steps into the world of tourism. The Omo Valley in the south of the country is home to a myriad of ethnic tribes who still wear traditional costumes and follow a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries.

Go bird watching; Ethiopia is home to 850 different species of birds. Birdwatchers will think they are in paradise in Ethiopia as it is one of the best places for good sightings. Even Addis Ababa has a bewildering range of birds soaring above the city. And then there are the Rift Valley Lakes, Bale Mountains National Park and the Omo Valley, all home to endemic species.

Relax at an eco lodge on the shores of Lake Langano. Spend a couple of nights relaxing at lovely Lake Langano, a Rift Valley lake, and stay in the Bishangari Lodge. Go swimming or just relax and watch for the monkeys in the forest.

Suggested tailor made holidays
Historical Route & Lake Langano
Historical Route & The Simien Mountains
The Omo & the Great Rift Valley

Ethiopia Hotel Selection
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Foreign office travel advice
Nothing can prepare you for the wondrous rock-hewn churches at Lalibela
Ethiopian man

Ethiopia, published by Bradt Guides in 2005
Ethiopia and Eritrea, published by Lonely Plant in 2006

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)




Can be obtained in advance and is valid for 30 days. A completed visa application form, a passport photo, your passport and a copy of your Silk Steps confirmation invoice are required to procure the visa. Current cost £18.00 (subject to change).


Because of its high altitude, Ethiopia has a temperate climate despite its proximity to the equator. The average daytime temperature is 16°C and at night it can drop to 10°C. The rainy season runs from June to September and the best time to visit is from  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather

Apr-06 Patriots' Victory Day Movable Ethiopian Good Friday Movable Ethiopian Easter
Jan-07 Ethiopian Christmas
Jan-19 Ethiopian Epiphany
Mar-02 Adwa Day Movable Ramadan
May-01 Labour Day
May-28 Downfall of the Dergue Movable Moulid
Sep-11 Ethiopian New Year
Sep-17 Meskel

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