Planning And Costing Your Iternary

Explore the origins of man with a noted paleoanthropologist and see ‘Selam’ who lived nearly 150,000 years before Lucy. Ethiopia’s attractions are so numerous and diverse that here we can only provide a rough guide to the possibilities. We will be happy to work with you to tailor make an itinerary to meet your timetablespecial needs and interests, and your budget.

There is no better time to visit Ethiopia, whose breathtaking landscapes, historical sites, and people make for superb photographic opportunities and are, as yet off the beaten path for tourist crowds.

Village Ethiopia Tours and Travel will tailor make your trip for you, and tell you how much it will cost, if you submit the following request for us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A.    Is it safe to travel in Ethiopia?

Generally Ethiopia is the safest country to travel with less record of crime. However in some crowded areas it is advisable to beware of pickpockets and avoid carrying large sums of money in accessible pockets. Beside this there is almost no violent theft & robbery.
 
B.     When is the best time to visit Ethiopia?
This can depend on where you are going. In most part of the country the main rainy season runs from end of June to mid September, with short rain in March. However in the southern part of Ethiopia down to the Omo Valley the seasons are different with the main rains from end of March to June and short rains in November. However due to global weather change it is difficult to be absolutely definitive about the rains.

Important Words for Communication

There is no space here for a definitive glossary; Ethiopia has 83 languages and more than 200 dialects! Fortunately, Amharic or Amarigna is widely spoken through the country.

Responsible Tourism

Show respect for the people - Respect the local community you are visitingact responsible towards local people, customs and environment.

Do not try to push your cultural views onto the other people i.e. do not undermine one’s religion/belief, custom, life style, do not insult/criticize.

Support the Local – Support local businesses and their income by using locally owned accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Be Eco – Friendly – Make sure your impact for the environment is minimal; do not drop wastes, especially inorganic products.

Travel Tips

  1. Historic routes: the central high lands have a temperate climate with an average temperature of 20-27oc. and possible to be reached either by daily flight or drive from Addis Ababa.
  2. Simien and Bale National parks: generally quite cool at day times and often very cold in early morning and night times. Mostly the temperature ranges from 20oc at day time to negative (-) 3oc during the early morning &night time.
  3. Southern Ethiopia: the eastern low lands and the far south are generally hot and dry. They have an average temperature of 25-32oc. the Ethiopian Airlines provide flight to and from Arba Minch three or two times weekly. All the other southern destinations can be reached by comfortable 4WDs as most of the roads are mixed roads (Asphalt and paved road).
  4. Afar: in some of the lower lying areas it can get considerably hotter. Places like Danakil Depression, being 116m below sea level, is officially listed as the hottest place on earth, with an average temperature of 30-35o c.