Addis Ababa


September – April


GMT +3hrs


Direct flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa, 7hrs 30mins

Ethiopia Map

Ethiopia’s altitude ranges from 13,000ft or so in the Simien and Bale Mountains, where it may be icy cold, to 100ft below sea level in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest places on earth.  More temperate is the Rift Valley diagonally bisecting the country from north east to south west, dotted with lakes and abundant wildlife.

The oldest capital is the Queen of Sheba’s at Axum, birthplace of Ethiopian civilisation 3,000 years ago.  Giant pre-Christian monolithic stele carved from single rocks – stairways for souls of the dead, greet the visitor, and The Ark of the Covenant is said to lie here.

King Lalibela established the capital bearing his name in the 12th century.  Legend has it the King asked the Archangel Gabriel to hew eleven churches from volcanic rock, and that he completed the task in 24 hours (In fact it took humans 22 years).  They are really one of the manmade wonders of the world.  Up behind the town, a morning’s mule ride away or a good hike, are astonishing monasteries carved into the surrounding hills.

Top Reasons To Visit Ethiopia

Dallol Volcano and the Danakil Depression


Simien Mountains

Lake Tana and the Blue Nile

Omo Valley

Travel Ideas For Ethiopia

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