Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and the only country in Africa which has never been colonised.
With no crowds to hinder the experience, Ethiopia offers a perfect combination of nature and culture. Holding time in its own hands Ethiopia follows its own calendar which is approximately 7 years behind the Gregorian calendar. Famous for its timekeeping, script, language, cuisine, rock-cut churches, coffee, obelisks, tombs and castles, Ethiopia is paradise for a history enthusiast. With a landscape that doesn’t fail to impress both in beauty and scale, it offers travellers a menu of time-frozen wonders to choose from. The world heritage-listed Harar is a place apart having 368 alleyways squeezed into just 1sq km. The Simien Mountain National Park offers tough but immensely rewarding treks. These are just a few reasons why you should visit Ethiopia in 2017.
The average annual temperature in the modern capital Addis Ababa is 16°C (61°F), with daily maximum temperatures averaging 20-25°C (68-77°F) throughout the year, and overnight lows averaging 5-10°C (41-50°F). A light jacket is recommended for the evenings, though many Ethiopians prefer to dress conservatively and will wear a light jacket even during the day.
Places of interest
Addis Ababa – capital of Ethiopia and one of the biggest shopping cities in Africa
Adama (also known as Nazret or Nazareth) – a popular weekend destination near Addis
Aksum (Axum) – home of ancient tombs and stelae fields, in the far north near Eritrea
Bahir Dar – the monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana and close to the beautiful Blue Nile Falls
Gondar – some of East Africa’s only castles
Harar – ancient walled city near Dire Dawa
Lalibela – home to 11 astonishing rock-hewn churches
Rift Valley lakes – seven lakes that are a popular weekend getaway for Addis residents, great for birding, water sports or relaxing at the luxury resorts
Simien National Park
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