WHY VISIT ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia is a fairly poor country with a tourist potential that is just about ignored, it is a charming country in many ways with varied landscapes and hospitable people despite their abject poverty.
The capital, Addis Ababa, is large and has some must-see places: The Ethnological Museum, the National Museum which houses the famous “Lucy”, the stained glass of the Giorgis cathedral, the vast and cosmopolitan market which seems to sell everything, these are just some of the main attractions.
The Simien National Park offers hiking fans beautiful landscapes inhabited by all kinds of animals including baboons, jackals, and bearded vultures. The area is watered by rivers flowing into the green grasslands: You can book several days to explore this fascinating area on foot or by mule from Debark, north of Gondar.
The surrounding areas of Bahar Dar are also worth a visit: The small islands of Tana Lake with their secular monasteries and the Tissisat Falls, 400 m wide, are especially beautiful between October and December.
Finally, the seven lakes of the Rift Valley offer you an opportunity to discover a beautiful and fertile valley with rich and varied wildlife, especially regarding birds and crocodiles, and there are the thermal springs of Wondo Genet where you can take a pleasant swim.
WHAT TO SEE IN ETHIOPIA
WHEN TO GO TO ETHIOPIA
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The climate can generally be described as temperate, especially in the large central plateau region.
However, heatwaves can affect the Red Sea and the surrounding area to the east and also in the west in the area bordering Sudan. The rainy season is between June and September but mild rains begin around March and April.
The average temperatures are around 20 °C, all year round, you can, therefore, visit Ethiopia in any season, but best avoid June and July when rainfall can be heavy.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Ethiopia.
- Timkat (January, 19th), is the Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of Epiphany. Timkat celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. This festival is best known for its ritual reenactment of baptism (similar to such reenactments performed by numerous Christian in the Holy Land when they visit Jordan). Ethiopian Tewahedo priests at a Timkat ceremony in Jan Meda. During the ceremonies of Timkat, the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, which is present on every Ethiopian altar (somewhat like the Western altar stone), is reverently wrapped in rich cloth and borne in procession on the head of the priest. The Tabot, which is otherwise rarely seen by the laity, represents the manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when he came to the Jordan for baptism.
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH ETHIOPIA
To travel within the country, Ethiopia Airlines offers many internal flights for reasonable prices, and the main cities are served by buses that charge relatively inexpensive fares. Renting a 4 wheel drive car is expensive but it is a good way to discover the country.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON ETHIOPIA
health tips & vaccination: you will need a yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. It is also advisable to keep normal vaccines up to date and add those for typhoid, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Protect yourself against mosquitoes and do not drink tap water.
local currency: Ethiopian Birr
local time zone: GMT+3
electricity: type C, type E, type F and type L (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN ETHIOPIA
typical food in Ethiopia
souvenirs from Ethiopia
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