Ethiopia usually has rain from June to September and no rain from October to May. The temperature ranges with the altitude, with hot and humid conditions in the lowlands and mild, cool temperatures in the highlands.
When to fly to Ethiopia
October to May is the dry season and is most popular with visitors. Though there is never a real stampede of tourists stepping off flights to Ethiopia, the dry season is the time when hotels are more likely to be booked and attractions will be busier.
June to September is when the country receives the most rain, however, this can still be a good time to visit as there is plenty of sunshine.
Getting around Ethiopia
Flying is a good option for traversing the country as Ethiopia is very large. The national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has an extensive network. Domestic Ethiopia flights are available to more than 40 destinations across the country. Prices are reasonable.
The bus network is also good and tickets are cheap. However, they can sell out a day in advance, so book ahead if possible. Car hire is possible in Addis Ababa. It is necessary to get a four-by-four due to the roads, which are in poor condition.
Ethiopia insider information
- Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and a huge city. Most travellers want to visit the vast open-air market, which is the largest outdoor market in Africa. Due to its size it can be wise to get a guide to show you around.
- The churches at Lalibela are a popular spot for tourists. Dating from the 12th Century, these churches are carved directly from rock. It’s necessary to take your shoes off to enter.
- Two drinks are constantly consumed in Ethiopia: coffee, called buna, and tej. There is a ritual around the preparation of coffee after every meal. The ceremony can last a few hours and an invitation to join is a sign of respect. Coffee is always drunk black, never with milk, though with plenty of sugar to stem the bitterness. Tej is an alcoholic drink, best described as a honey wine. It is drunk from a glass flask and is served in tejbetis (tej