Trip advisor FAQ

What is the Best time to visit Ethiopia?

Ethiopia can be visited at any time of the year.  The northern part of Ethiopia has a different climate than the south, making it somewhat difficult to provide a "best time". The north has a rainy season during our summer months. Although there is substantial rain fall it is still possible to make nice trips to the north at this time (July and August). Visiting Ethiopia at the rainy season has also its own advantages. The scenery is particularly wonderful green in September and early October. At this time the whole country will be a riot of wild flowers. The best time to visit Ethiopia though is probably from October - March (the dry season). South-Ethiopia (Omo Valley) has a short rainy season in November and again in late March and early April but apart from that, this is a nice period to travel. During the rains the roads in the south can be severely affected, thus it may be necessary to adjust the route.

What Weather should I Expect in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia’s climate reflects its topography. The highlands are classed as temperate with an average daytime temperature of 60°F (16°C). The far south and the eastern lowlands are hot and dry; the western lowlands are hot and humid. Throughout the trip, you can expect temperatures between 59° –77°F (25°– 15°C).

What is The Time Difference?

Ethiopia has a different time calculating system and three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The Ethiopian day is calculated in a manner similar to that in many equatorial countries, where day and night is always the same length. Time remains constant through the year counting starts from western 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Western 7 a.m. is therefore one o'clock, noon is 6 o'clock and 6 p.m. is 12 o'clock. In  Addis Ababa, then sunrise and sunset at around 6:30 and 18.45 respectively.

Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference

How to book your Tour

  • Complete the Tour booking form and attached to your tailor-made tour quotation and return via e-mail.
  • Send the arrangement fee as detailed in your personalized quotation.
  • On arrival in Addis Ababa at the office of Addis Ababa pay the balance as detailed in your personalized quotation.  Myseru Tours and Travel Agency in Addis Ababa can accept VISA or CASH (Euros, USD, GBP). Facilities for cashing Travelers Cheques and changing currency are plentiful in Addis Ababa.

How accommodation is arranged if I book alone? 

We have a number of single travelers who undertake our tours. Generally if you are travelling alone on one of our popular group tours and would like to share a room with a fellow traveler of the same sex, we can arrange this for you which will avoid you having to pay a single supplement. If you specifically request your own room, then you would be required to pay the relevant single supplement. Please note that for all pre or post tour accommodation single room rates will apply as often we will not have anyone to match you with.

Do you offer group tours or discounts?

Yes we do!

What currency should I Bring?

Local payments at restaurants, shops etc will be paid in the local currency. The local currency is the Ethiopian birr (ETB), made up of 100 cents. Birr notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 50 and 100.
Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency USD, Euro or GBP which should be declared on arrival to the customs authorities on the appropriate blue-colored form.
Foreign currency may only be exchanged at authorized banks and hotels and a receipt must be obtained. Pounds are as good as Dollars & Euros in banks. The currency declaration form must be retained as this will be required by customs on departure.
Visitors may change back any surplus Ethiopian birr to cash at the exchange form you must bring with you all receipts for exchange transactions.

Can I withdraw money in Ethiopia?

Very occasionally you can PIN in Ethiopia but the ATMs are ABSOLUTELY UNRELIABLE! We therefore ask everyone to bring cash to exchange instead. Euros and Dollars, you can easily change, as long as you do not use crumpled or torn notes. Currency exchange is time consuming, so it helps to change up the necessary amount at the start of your trip. As long as you bring the receipt of the exchange transaction it is no problem to switch money back, if there is anything left. Try also to save as much small change as possible because it will be handy, especially in southern Ethiopia.

Are credit cards accepted ?

Yes, you can access cash with most visa and master cards at some locations in Addis and at major hotels, airlines and ticket offices mostly in Addis Ababa.

Can you arrange my flights?
We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. We offer personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Email or use our live help for a customized flight itinerary.

Which  Airline flies more often to ADDIS ABABA (ADD)?

There are many international Airlines which fly to and from Addis Ababa (ADD). The following listed airlines also fly to and from Addis Ababa most of them on a daily base from Europe and U.S.A: Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, BMI, and Egypt Air. For More information: - http://www.ethiopianairlines.com 

Is Photography prohibited in any Areas? 

Yes, there are some areas where photography is prohibited both in Addis Ababa and around the whole country like, the main palace; military camps, and organizations and some infrastructures such as the bridge over the Abay (Blue Nile) River etc. And   it is best practice to always ask permission when taking photographs of people.  In the remote regions   you are expected to pay a little money to take photographs of people. The churches allow photography but are now beginning to insist, and quite rightly so, that flash photography is not used to prevent further damage to artifacts. So, a tripod or monopod is essential in these situations (and worth it as atmospherically the low level lighting is fantastic).

Do I need a Passport and Visa to Come to Ethiopia?

Yes. A valid passport with more than six months before expiry is essential.

Visas are required for all visitors, however; Nationals of the 36 countries, listed here below are given visa on arrival at Bole international Air Port at the regular charge.

1. Argentina
2. Australia
3. Argentina 
4. Australia
5. Austria  
6. Belgium 
7. Brazil
8. Canada   
9. China 
10. Check Republic
11. Denmark             

10. Finland      
11. France                   
12. Germany  
13. Greece  
14. India                    
15. Ireland                
16. Israel               
17. Italy      
18. Japan       

 

19. Kore Republic               
20. Kuwait                    
21. Luxembourg                       
22  Mexico                                     
23. Netherlands                            
24. NewZealand                      
25. Norway                                
26. Poland
27. Portugal      

               

28. Russian Federation  
29. Slovakia                          
30. South Africa                         
31. North Korea                   
32. Spain                      
33. Sweden              
34. Switzerland            
35. United Kingdom
36. U.S.A 

 

 What Vaccination Do I Need?

  • All visitors should be in possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immunization for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Polio is recommended.
  • Malaria: in many sites malaria is not a problem because of the elevation - this is true of Axum, Gondar and Lalibela for example, but it can occur in Bahir Dar at the end of the rainy season and after unseasonable rains.
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10 - 15 days Cultural , Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Markets Tour Route 

Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it.  It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley.  The region is known for its culture and diversity. The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. 

Note:Our tours to the Lower Omo Valley range from a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 15 Days.

Upon request the  tour programs can be modified, differently rearranged, combined with other itineraries and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time, and budget. Please contact us for further details.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

11 Days and 10 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0086
Package Title: Omo Valley  and Coffee plantation tours
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour.

Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02- Drive to Langano, on the way visit rift valley lakes.

overnight Langano. Meals – Full Board

Day 03- Drive to Yabello on the way visit the southern Stelae field at Dilla.

Overnight -  Lodge Yabello. Meals – Full Board

Day 04- Excursion to El-Sode visits the salt extraction and afternoon Borena village,

Overnight  Lodge Yabello. Meals – Full Board

Day 05- Drive to Turmi on the way visits Konso tribe and proceeds.

Overnight  lodge –Turmi. Meals – Full Board 

Day 06- Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenche (Geleb) tribe by crossing the Omo River with local boat afternoon possibly local market,.

Overnight  lodge –Turmi. Meals – Full Board 

Day 07- Excursion to Murulle to visit the Karo tribe, specialist in body panting, afternoon hammer village.

Overnight  lodge –Turmi. Meals – Full Board 

Day 08- Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Bena tribe and depending on the day local market.

Overnight  Hotel Jinka. Meals – Full Board 

Day 09- Morning excursion to Mago national park to visits the Mursi tribe famous for the women lips insertion culture afternoon village of Ari and museum.

Overnight-  Hotel Jinka. Meals – Full Board 

Day 10- Drive back to Arbaminch late afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo to admire the aquatic birds, hippo and crocodiles.

Overnight  Hotel Arbaminch. Meals Full board

Day 11- Drive back to Addis via Butajera on the way visit Tiya Stelae, UNSCO heritage site, evening cultural dinner and departure.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

11 Days and 10 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0086/87
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour.

Overnight  - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02: City tour in Addis Ababa 
Addis Ababa is the third largest capital Cities of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500m a sl. City tour of Addis will include Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National Museum, Ethnographic museum, St. George church and the Mercato which is biggest open air market in Africa and soon. 

Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals- No 

Day 3: Drive to Dorze via Butajira road 
Dorze tribes are famous for constructing distinguished beehive shaped huts, terrace cultivation and the best weaving work of Ethiopia.

Overnight stays in Dorze lodge. Meals – Full Board/ BLD/

Day 4: Boat trip on Lake Chamo and drive to Konso 
Make a boat trip on Lake Chamo where the longest and fattest crocodiles of Africa take a sunbath on the shores. Hippos hide themselves under the water and you will also see a good range of birds including; weavers, sunbirds, waxbills and colonies of pelicans. Late in the afternoon drive to Konso through a 90km asphalt road. The Konso are famous for their “Waga’s”, wooden grave monuments, which are erected on the compounds of Konso chiefs to honor their ancestors.

Overnight - Turmi Lodge. Meals – Full Board/ BLD/

Day 5: Turmi – Tsemay - Erbore.
Drive to Turmi through the hot Weyto Valley  in the centre of the Hammer area.

Overnight - Turmi Lodge. Meals – Full Board/ BLD/

Day 6: Excursion to Omorate 
Visit the Dassench, so called Geleb peoples, who live on the banks of the   Omo River. Cross the river by wooden boats to visit their villages.

Overnight - Turmi Lodge. Meals – Full Board/ BLD/

Day 7: Drive to Jinka 
Visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka, which has a permanent exhibition of the people of Omo valley.

Overnight stay Hotel in  Jinka. Meals – Full Board/ B L D/

Day 8: Excursion to Mursi 
Drive to the Mursi tribe,  they are  well known by their   big clay plates that the women bear in their lower lip and ear.

Overnight stay  Hotel in Jinka. Meals - Full Board/ B L D/

Day 9: Drive to Yabelo

Early morning drive to Yabelo through the semi-arid area of Borena. The Borenas are semi-nomadic tribe and one  can see a small flock of camels with their Borena owners here and there.                

Overnight stay hotel in Yabelo. Meals Full board

Day 10: Drive to Hawassa 
Drive through the region of the Gedeo and Sidama people. The hills and mountains are intensively cultivated in this densely populated area. In Hawassa you can also walk around the lake for nice sunset and aquatic birds.

Overnight stay Hale Resort Hawassa. Meals Full board

Day 11: Drive back to Addis Ababa via the Great Rift Valleys
Morning explore the Fish market in Hawassa where the fisher men sell their  fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barb us well as Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colombes monkey around the Amora Gedele. Iinthe afternoon drive back to Addis and farewell dinner will be at Ethiopian traditional restaurant  and transfer out for departure.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

12 Days and 11 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0086/87
Package Title: Omo Valley, Arba Minch and Mago NP
Duration: 12 days and 11 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa.(ADD). Overnight– Hotel Addis Abab. Meals – Dinner

Day 2: Drive to Abijata, Shalla and Langano Lakes. Overnight stay at Langano lodge / Sabana Lodge. Meals – Full board

Day 3: Drive to Wolaita, Chencha (Dorze people). Overnight Arbaminc in a hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 4: Netchisar National Park and Chamo Lake. Overnight Arbaminc in a hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 5: Arbaminch - Jinka -Tsemay, Ari Benna People. Overnight Jinka in hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 06: Visit Mursi People. Overnight Mago National park in camp. Meals – Full board

Day 07: Visit Karo People & village. Proceed to the Hammer people and Turmi. Overnight Camp or Bungalows at Evangadi lodge. Meals – Full board

Day 08: Visit the Hammer people, colorful markets at Dimeka or Turmi depending on the market days. The Hammer People dance during their marriage ceremonies with the bull jumping. Overnight hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 09: Drive to Omorate for Dassenech people & villages, and back to Turmi for Hammer villages. Overnight Lodge  Turmi. Meals – Full board

Day 10: Drive to Konso, through Erbore people by visiting the Konso villages. Overnight Hotel Arba Minch- Meals – Full board

Day 11: Drive back to Addis. Overnight hotel-  Addis Ababa

Day 12: Departure.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

13 Days and 11 Nights 

Tour code: My.T.T  0088
Package Title: Omo Valley, Arba Minch and Mago NP
Duration: 13/14 days and 13 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour.

Overnight  - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinne

Day 02 :- City Tour of Addis Ababa

Half day City tour of Addis   can be arranged on  Morning   or in the Afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel or from any where you are staying, The   tour includes the following major   attractions,   Holy Trinity Cathedral,( Kidist Selassie) church , National Museum ,  Entoto  Mountains for a complete view of Addis Ababa, the neighboring small museum in ST Mary church,  Merkato ( the largest open-air market in Africa ), and monuments.

Overnight  Hotel – Addis Ababa. Meals- NO

Day 03 :- Addis Ababa – Arbaminch.

Drive to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata Shalla and Langano, rich in bird life and local fish market at Lake Ziway. After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the Chencha village, the home of the Dorze people, the renowned weavers having unique bamboo woven houses having 8 to 12 meters height.

Overnight, Hotel Arbaminch. Meals – full board

Day 04 :-Nech Sar National Park – Dorze Village-Arbaminch

In the cool morning, we will drive through the Nech Sar National Park which is inhabited by different mammals including the endemic antelope Swaynees Hartbeast, Gerenuk, Grants Gazelle, and Zebra. After lunch, we will make a boat trip over Lake Chamo to see the biggest African crocodiles, and Hippopotamus as well as beautiful aquatic birds including the lovely Kingfisher and Fish Eagle.

Overnight, Hotel Arbaminch. Meals – full board

Day 05 :- Arbaminch - Konso – Jinka

In the morning we will drive to Jinka en route visiting different cultural people and their villages which includes, Gamo, Derashe, Konso people and undulating landscape of Konso and the surrounding area. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing, unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. After having lunch on the way, we will have a brief stop to visit the Tsemay People around Waito River, Benna People at Key Afer, the Ari People at Kako village.

Overnight  hotel - Jinka. Meals – full board

Day06 :-Jinka –Murci Village-Mago

At morning, drive through Mago National Park to the Murci People, whose men are renowned warriors, and whose women are famous for the lip plates which is highly concidred as sign of beauty. After a picnic lunch, we will drive through the dry savannas of 835 square- mile, in the Mago National Park there are around 56 recorded specious of mammals. Gazelles, giraffes, warthogs, and hartebeests are common here. Occasionally, Elephants are seen or heard as the move through the territory.

Overnight, camping at Mago National Park. Meals - Full board

Day 07 Mago- Murulle

We continue Driving through the Korecho and Dus Villages on the way visiting the Karo People.

Overnight - Camping at Murulle. Meals - Full board

Day 08:- Murulle – Kangate – Omorate – Turmi

After breakfast, drive to Kangate and we will cross the famous Omo River by boat. After crossing the river, we will have visit and unrushed interactive cultural experience with the Bume People. Then, we will continue driving to Omorate where we will have a picnic lunch and visit the Geleb/Dasenech People, inhabitants of the lower Omo River Valley. After some rest, drive to Turmi where we spend two nights at Evangadi Lodge.

Overnight, Evangadi Lodge. Meals - Full board

Day 09:-  Turmi – Dimeka Market – Turmi

After breakfast, we driver to Dimeka market on the way visiting one of the beautiful Hammar villages. At the colorful weakly Dimeka Market, we will see more than four different tribes including Hammer, Benna, Ari in traditional marketing activities and displaying their local handicrafts. We have a good opportunity to bargain for varieties of handicrafts. After a picnic lunch, we will drive back to Turmi village to enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including Evangadi (Hammer Dancing), Bull Jumping and associated practices as well as Hammer weeding.

Overnight - Evangadi Lodge. Meals - Full board

Day 10 :- Turmi – Erbore – Arbaminch

Drive to Arbaminch on the way visiting the villages of Erbore People, and some local markets and villages, this actually depends on the time we have.

Overnight, Arbaminch in a hotel. Meals - Full board

Day 11 :-Arbaminch – Wondogenet

After breakfast, Drive to the forest tree  at Wendo Genet, the summer residence 
of the late emperor’s family. Swim and shower in the natural hot springs and adjacent cold mountain streams.

Overnight Wondogenet, Hotel. Meals - Full board

Day 12 Wondogenet - Addis Ababa

After relaxed swimming in the Natural hot spring and breakfast, drive back to Addis Ababa On the way enjoying the Rift valley Lakes. Lunch will be at Mojo Town in a hotel and will continue driving to Addis. After check in and relaxing in your hotel we will head to Agelgil Tradtional Restaurant for traditional farewell traditional Ethiopian Night. This is Grand Holydays Ethiopia complimentary farewell dinner party, traditional buffet with local drinks. There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic group. We believe this is the best way to wind up the trip.

Overnight Hotel in Addis Ababa

Day 13 Departure

Transfer to the Airport for your international flight back home.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

15 Days and 14 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0089
 Package Title: Omo Valley and Trekking at surma
 Duration: 15 days and 14 nights
 Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight  - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals – Dinner 

Day 02:- Addis – Jimma

Drive to Jimma passing through wolkite and observing the Gurage ethnic group and the Gelgel Gibe dam en route. Overnight jimma Centarl Hotel – Jimma. Meals- Full board

Day 03:- Morning drive to Mizan Teferri, visiting the coffee plantation and the densely forested path, here is the area that the Banchi people are found. Overnight at HOTEL Mizan Teferri. Meals – Dinner 

Day 04:- drive to Tulgit, passing via the coffee and tea plantations, we pass through the Dima village. Overnight camp at Tulgit. Meals – Dinner

Day 05:- drive to Kibish observing the surma tribes. Overnight - camp at Kibish, Meals – Dinner

Day 06:- Today we start trekking our organized and efficient staff makes your mules ready for the long trekking days ahead. Overnight-camp at Kibish, Meals – full board

Day 07:- trek to Magolagne, one can taste the powerful natural mineral water here, then we trek on to kolu, (the whole trip takes eight to nine hours). Overnight - camp at kolu, Meals – Full Board

Day 08:- Trek to Yella which is situated on a Hilly top, from here, the panoramic view of the Omo national park can be seen. The trekking duration on this day is eight to nine hours. Overnight - camp , Meals – full board

Day 09:- this day trek to the Omo park head quarters (it takes three to four hours), observe a variety of games here, camp at the head quarters. Overnight - camp, Meals – full board

Day 10:- drive to the Omo river, passing some games on the way, cross the river on canoe, and arriving at the other end, you will be welcomed by your drivers, from here, drive to the Mago national park to camp for the night.

Overnight camp, Meals – full board

Day 11:- this day drive to Turmi passing through the Karo tribes and the Murulle village, camp at Turmi, after visit of the hammer tribes.

Overnight - camp, Meals – full board

Day 12:- day excursion to Omorate to visit the Geleb/ Dassench tribe, after lunch break visit the hammer village.

Overnight - camp , Meals – full board

Day 13:- this day, drive to Arba Minch observing the Erbore, Tsemay people, and the Konso village en route, overnight in Arba Minch.

Overnight Hotel Arbaa Minch ,  Meals – full board

Day 14:- visit the Chencha Dorze village in the morning, and the Nech Sar national park in the afternoon.

Overnight - Hotel Arbaa Minch ,  Meals – full board

Day 15:- Today is free or more leisure trip, boat trip in Lake Chamo to see the Nile crocodile and hippos and the crocodile farm and proceed to Lake Hawassa.

Haile Resort – Hawassa, Meals – Full board

Day 16:- after morning fish market visit and drive back Addis Ababa via   Abijyata  Shalla Rift valley lakes . Farewell diner provided by Myseru Tour and Travel at  Ethiopian traditional  restaurant .

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