Best time to be there
There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September. Temperatures are determined by altitude, with highlands (including Addis Ababa) rarely exceeding 25º C. In the lowlands it can get considerably hotter exceeding 40ºC, while in the Danakil Depression it can approach 60ºC
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Highlights - Boat trip on Lake Tana; Famous cave churches in Lalibela... Read more ...
A special 19-day adventure from one end of Africa to the other, spanning eight countries and almost 5,000 miles in a handsomely appointed private jet. Read more ...
Arrive into Addis Ababa where you will be met by an A&K Representative and transferred to the Sheraton Hotel. Read more ...
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* Visit the famous churches of Lalibela
* Cruise on Lake Tana
* Explore the ancient kingdom of Axum
* Search for Ethiopia's endemic species
* Explore the Simien Mountains
* Incredible scenic beauty
* Privately chartered 737 limited to 40 guests
* Privieged access and VIP service
* Explore the rock hewn churches of Lalibela
Ethiopia is one of the most fascinating countries on the African continent. Its intriguing and engrossing mixture of culture, religion, peoples and landscapes will not fail to change many of the stereotypes that we hold of the country and leave a lasting impression on you.
It is a cultural smorgasbord from Lalibela, dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, to Gondar, which is proud of its epithet, the Camelot of Africa. The birthplace of coffee, one of the oldest churches the Ethiopian Orthodox Church became the established church of Ethiopia in the 4th century, the Ark of the Covenant, the National Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will constantly surprise you.
So too its scenery. The Simien Mountains, home to the Ethiopian Wolf and the colourful Gelada Baboons, are awe inspiring. The Bale Mountains in the south are less well known but still spectacular. The Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana and the Omo Valley just some of Ethiopia's other scenic sights.
But perhaps it is its peoples who will impress you most. Proud and confident (Ethiopia is the only country on the continent that has never been colonised) while at the same time generous and hospitable. Their hospitality manifests itself in a number of ways, most usually in invitations to drink coffee. And in the remote lowlands of the Omo in the southwest, you will discover a unique insight into the life of some of the most fascinating tribes in Africa.
Ethiopia is a country that constantly challenges your prejudices and preconceptions. If you come expecting drought and poverty, you leave finding a dignity and spirituality among landscapes that are unrivalled.
At A&K all of our holidays to Africa are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, an 11 day Ethiopia journey can be arranged from £3,325 per person including flights from the UK and subject to availability.
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