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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best time to travel to Ethiopia?

    The best time to travel to Ethiopia is during the dry season (mid October to May). Depending on your budget, you may prefer to visit Ethiopia in the low season. Nevertheless, it is also nice to experience some widely known religious festivals (link to religious festival’s section) such as Timkat or Meskel.

    If you are planning to visit the Northern Highlands (Historical Northern Route), the best time to visit is from October to March (although it also does not rain very heavily during the rainy season). It is worth noting that the Northern route itinerary can incorporate trekking in the Simien Mountains, which it is advisable to do from September to November when it is dry, green and dust-free. If, on the contrary, you would prefer to experience the lifestyle of more than 50 unique tribes in the Omo River region of South Western Ethiopia, it is advisable to visit from August to October. Finally, the expedition to the Danakil Depression, as one of the hottest places on earth reaching temperatures of 50ºC (122ºF), is best visited between November to early January.

  • What kind of clothes should I wear?

    It is important to keep in mind the weather when packing clothes to travel to Ethiopia. Light cotton or linen clothes are advisable during daytime, but you will need a sweater or pullover for the evening. During the rainy season (June to October) it is recommended to wear a rain jacket and a good pair of shoes to deal with muddy and slippery pathways. If you are visiting churches or religious places, please note that shoes must be removed before entering worship places. A pair of socks can be useful if you decide to wear sandals.

    Please be aware that trekking in the Simien or Bale Mountains will require you to sleep in campsites or shelters and a warm sleeping bag for the chilly nights will be needed.

  • Where can I exchange money in Ethiopia?

    It is easy to exchange US dollars or Euros into Ethiopian birr (ETB) at the airport or any Ethiopian bank upon arrival. Nevertheless, note that Ethiopian banks will ask you for a receipt proving your foreign currency exchange in case you want to change ETB back to your foreign currency before leaving. Bank opening hours are usually from 8am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday).