Ethiopia Travel Guide
As a country, Ethiopia offers travellers an unparalleled historical and religious legacy like no other country in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Travel the Historic North of the country with its famed Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela and religious sites of Axum including the St. Mary of Zion Church that hosts the "Ark of the Covenant". The northwest in addition also offers up the scenic Ethiopian Highlands and the Semien Mountains.
The cultural south of the country is where one comes across many of the famous tribes of Ethiopia including the Mursi, Hamer, Tsemai, Ari, Karo, Dassenech and Erbore people. Highlights in this region include the Omo Valley, Great Rift Valley and Lakes, Lake Chamo and the "crocodile market", Bale Mountains and of course not forgetting the Sof Omar Caves. The south also has some of the finest birding in Africa for those interested in our feathered friends.
For those that seek the extremes in life, there is the "Danakil Depression" in the far North-East. This is the lowest place in Africa and is home to the small town of Dallol which holds the record for the highest average annual temperature ever recorded, a whopping 34.6 degrees Celsius. The "Danakil Depression" is also home to just over 40% of Africa's volcanoes and this, of course, is the place where one can find those amazing sulphurous springs with their colourful crystalline formations.
All in All, Ethiopia might not be the first, second or even third choice destination that one travels to for a African safari. But hand on heart, this country, her people, history and scenery will take your breath away.
Travel In Ethiopia
Ethiopia SafarisThis is the business end of the stick, here on the safari page you will find all of the safaris that we offer within this amazing country. Please note that all trips barring one or two are completely customizable, tailored around you and what you are looking to get out of your safari.
Ethiopia Safari PlannerToo many options or too little time to do your research? Well you are in luck, our Ethiopia safari page is perfect for you then, simply fill in your details, wants, desires and budget, and we will do all the hard work for you. Ethiopia as a destination can be confusing; we will explain all the details and make your life that much easier.
Ethiopia Photo GalleryHaving visited Ethiopia and having explored quite a few areas with camera in hand, it is here on these gallery pages that we showcase a few of our favourite photographs. We feature images of birdlife, religious artworks, Ethiopian people and of course scenery imagery.
Ethiopia DestinationsAfter a recent safari to Ethiopia, we have added a few pages in order to showcase the destinations that visited. These pages include a little history as well as our personal thoughts and quite a few photographs to complement these Ethiopian highlights, enjoy.
Ethiopia MapOur Map of Ethiopia that features most of the main attractions of the country that one should visit, from Axum and the Danakil Depression in the North to the Omo valley in the south. We have not added accommodation as of yet as most properties are still in the 2 to 3-star rating bracket. Ethiopia is not about luxury travel.
Malaria In EthiopiaMalaria is present in all areas under 2500m above sea level; one will need to take precautions to prevent one for contacting a disease that kills millions of people worldwide every year. We highly recommend that one does consult a doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic before travelling to Ethiopia.
- Getting To Ethiopia
Getting to Ethiopia is fairly straight forward and easy. Ethiopian Airlines offers many daily and weekly international flights into and out of Addis Ababa. Having recently flown with Ethiopian Airlines, we can recommend their services. Ethiopian Airlines is most often than not the better value option.
- Getting Around Ethiopia
Getting around the country is as easy as flying or being driven by your guide from destination to destination. We do however recommend that as the distances are so vast that one seriously consider the flying option, this will save you much time and the internal flights are not that expensive.
- Ethiopia Travel Health
An insurance policy when travelling to Ethiopia is a must, a policy that covers all things medical is very important. Healthcare in the country, particularly in the rural areas, is some way off what one would expect to find in other African countries and other developed countries World wide.
- Ethiopia Vaccinations
When traveling to or from Ethiopia one MUST be in possession of a YELLOW FEVER vaccination certificate not older than 10 years. We would also recommend a booster round of vaccinations for Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid - as one would for general World travel.
- Altitude Sickness
Please note that certain regions within Ethiopia that have altitudes of over 2000m above sea level. People who suffer from Altitude Sickness or Mountain Sickness please take note of this fact. Axum = 2100m, Lalibela = 2600m, Gondar = 2150m, Addis Ababa = 2400m.
- Safety In Ethiopia
Ethiopia is regarded as a safe destination to visit. Be aware of pickpockets in more built up areas, but other than that just the normal precautions that one would take traveling to any other country. Always ask your guide for their opinion on safety when arriving at a destination.
- Visas For Ethiopia
Visas for the following nationalities can be issued on arrival (US$ 50 per visa); Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Palace Of Haile SelassieHaile Selassie, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, by the grace of God, Emperor of Ethiopia. Quite a mouthful of a title for a single man or, as the Rastafarians would have it, the son of God. So awe-inspiring are the adjectives that you would have expected him to live in a magnificent palace made of the finest Carrara marble or a granite stone castle in the tradition of Gondar.
Visiting The Lalibela Rock ChurchesYour correspondent has been travelling in Africa for over three decades. I feel that I know sub-Saharan Africa; its smells, its peoples, its geography and its wildlife. Ethiopia is different, as different as snow is to sand. So different that you could get a very sharp knife and detach it somewhere in the Red Sea because it is not similar to any of its Arab world neighbours either.
Where To Travel In EthiopiaNew on Uyaphi.com is our Travel in Ethiopia portfolio featuring safaris and tours to this somewhat new African safari destination; we are very excited about Ethiopia and all that she has to offer. Think of Ethiopia as a more cultural safari destination than what one is used to in Africa.