Steeped in history and home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, an Ethiopia safari is an unforgettable experience. Whether you want to explore the incredible historical sites it has to offer, or simply marvel at nature and sample traditional foods, Ethiopia is full of wonders.
Keep an eye out for some of the most unique wildlife like Ethiopian wolves, Mountain nyala and gelada baboon, the only primates that graze on grass! From the impressive mountain ranges of the Ethiopian Highlands to the vast stretches of the Great Rift Valley, its natural beauty is unique and diverse.
Ethiopia Safari Attractions
- The panoramic views from the top of the Entoto Mountains offer the chance to see the bustling city of Addis Ababa from a new perspective. Surrounded by fascinating tree plantations, you can see the results of Ethiopia’s nationwide “regreening” program.
- The stunning Blue Nile Falls in Bahir Dar are very much worth a visit. The water levels rise and fall throughout the year, and visiting in August will give you the full experience.
- The Rock-Hewn churches of Ethiopia, particularly in Tigray and Lalibela, are considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. Some of these ancient monasteries are carved into a mountainside, and are quite a climb, but seeing these magnificent buildings makes it worth the effort.
- The Simien Mountains National Park is spectacular for a hike, and to spot the endemic gelada monkey, thick billed ravens, bushbucks and more. The vibrant wildlife, coupled with gorgeous scenery, make this place a great addition to your Ethiopia safari.
- See the tombs of King Kaleb & Gebre Meskel as well as the Palace of Queen Sheba in the ancient city of Axum. Supposedly the home of the Ark of the Covenant, the city is rich in history and legend.
Best time to visit
October - March is Ethiopia’s dry season. An Ethiopia safari is great at this time of year, as the weather is pleasant and temperatures are comfortable, making sightseeing a lot easier. Ethiopia's biggest festival, Timkat, also takes place in January. This is a vibrant celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.
The wet season generally occurs from April - September. This doesn't mean that it will be raining all day every day, however, the wet conditions will make roads difficult to travel on. July and August are the wettest months. Bear in mind that Ethiopia has various altitudes and this will alter the weather conditions.