Ethiopia

Cathy's verdict
From Unesco World Heritage sites to breathtaking mountain views, Ethiopia is a country that’s as fascinating as it is undiscovered. Experience the reality of life here as part of a small group, on a tour with local guides, and a chance to see wildlife, coffee plantations and unique festivals.

Recommended tour operator: Tadele Travel

Tadele Travel says:

Our group cultural tours bring ancient Ethiopia to life. The country’s churches and monasteries include nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among the must-see highlights are the extraordinary rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the remote churches of Tigray, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the towering stelae of Axum, the palaces and fortresses of Gonder, the ancient walled city of Harer and the spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. You will most likely also be able to experience spectacular religious festivals.

  • expert local guides
  • unique experiences
  • trekking options

We have created a superb range of trekking holidays in Ethiopia’s Simien, Bale and Abune Yusef mountains and national parks. For an otherworldly experience, you can join a four-wheel drive expedition through the salt pans and volcanic lakes of the Danakil Depression, known as one of the hottest places on earth.

Take part in our community tourism initiative that benefits the locals directly. With no traffic noise and no electricity, you will stay in a community-run eco-lodge in a rural village. The walks and treks off the beaten track along the Lasta massif escarpment, Ethiopia’s third highest mountain range, are incredibly special, led by the locals with a donkey carrying your bag to the next village.

We can also create a trip for you which is focused on wildlife or bird-watching for example.

On our small group tours, we arrange everything for you, including your flights (we are ATOL protected), transfers, guides, vehicles and drivers, accommodation and meals. Our guides all have personal connections with and first-hand knowledge of the communities you’ll be visiting.

Ethiopia is an extremely safe and welcoming destination for solo travellers – we can create your own personalised itinerary to match your interests and available time.

The best time to travel to Ethiopia is between September and June, the dry season.

We practise the principles of sustainable tourism and responsible travel. We also understand what Ethiopians need for tourism to benefit them directly, working only with guides, lodges and community initiatives that we know help make this happen.

Find out more about our full range of holiday ideas in Ethiopia.

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