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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Cultural, Tribal,  Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tours.

5 Days / 4 Nights 

Tour code: My.T.T  0080 
Package Title: Short Omo Valley tribal & Cultural Tour
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: Surface and flight    

Day 1: 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: Today Morning transfer to Bole Airport to fly to Arba -Minch on the same day  drive to Turmi  via Weyto  and Erbore villages. Overnight - Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/ 

Day 03:- Morning excursion to Murulle to visit Karo tribe.  In the afternoon visit hammer village. Who have retained their own unique customs and traditions; Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Overnight - Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 04:- Drive back to Arbaminch on the way visit Konso  tribe  and the UNESCO  site  cultural landscape and late afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo, Overnight Hotel Arba-  Minch Meals – Full Board /BLD/

Day 05:- Drive /flight back to Addis, evening cultural dinner and departure.

Tribal, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour.

6 days and 5 nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0081 
Package Title: Short Omo Valley tribal & Cultural Tour  
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 01- 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:- Today Morning transfer to Bole Airport to fly to Arba -Minch on the same day  drive to Turmi  via Weyto and Erbore villages. Overnight- Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 03:- Morning excursion to Murulle to visit Karo tribe.  In the afternoon visit hammer village. Who have retained their own unique customs and traditions; Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves.Overnight- Lodge / Camp  at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 04:- Turmi – Key Afer- Jinka

Morning After breakfast, drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer  explore  the colorful weekly Keyafer Market. Overnight: Jinka Resort-Jinka. Meals- FULL BOARD /BLD/

Day 05:- Mago National Park- Arba-Minch

Today Morning Excursion to Mago national park to visits the Mursi tribe after that drive back to Arba-Minch, overnight Arba-Minch.

Day 06:- Drive/ Flight back to Addis Ababa evening cultural dinner in traditional restaurant, then  transfer to ADD to departure home.

Note:- If you drive back to Addis from Arba-Minch most probably your departure to home might be on the 7th day .

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

7 days and 6 nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0082
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 7 days and 6 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 – Arba Minch via Great Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia

Today at  morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arba- Minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 03:- Arba Minch –Jinka  

After an early breakfast, drive to Jinka via  Weyto ( Market Day Sunday )  en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area.  Overnight: Hotel – Jinka  - Meals- Full board

Day 04:- Jinka-Mursi-Jinka 

Morning, after breakfast drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After discovering to the Mursi Village, have   picnic lunch in the Mago National Park  exploring the national park and continue driving back to Jinak  through the park. Overnight: Hotel – Jinka. Meals- Full Board

Day 05: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 06:- Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

Today you will have simple  tour  and leisure, at  the morning,  a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles , hippopotamus, Egzir Dildiy… Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

 Day 07:- Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo,  Tiya  Stelea  World Heritage Site  and Addadi Mariam or Melka Qunture  Paleontological site. Late in the afternoon arrive Addis and Day use of hotel for rest and ready for flight home at the Evening.

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back.

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

8Days / 7Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0083
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 8 days and 7 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 Ababa- Arbaminch

Morning after breakfast drive to Arba Minchj en route  visit the Dorze tribes ,they are famous for constructing distinguished beehive shaped huts, terrace cultivation and the best weaving work of Ethiopia and  Tiya steleas  world heritage /UNESCO site. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 03:- Arba Minch –Jinka  

After  breakfast drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe, who are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. Afterwards, return to Jinka to the Ari village and visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center for more information about the tribes. Additionally, Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Jinka, which will be visited. Overnight: Hotel – Jinka. Meals- Full board

Day 04:- Jinka-  Turmi

Drive Jinka to Turmi, home of the Hamer people. On  the way, stop in Dimeka for the local market, which is on Tuesdays and Saturday. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by neighborhood Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Overnight in Turmi. At night you may see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as  Evangadi. Overnight- Turmi Lodge. Meals Full board

Day 05:- Turmi  and  surrounds

Today will be a day trip to visit the people of the Karo tribe. Depart from Turmi to the villages of Murulle, Kolcho and Dus on the shores of the Omo River. The Karo people are the smallest in number of all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate decorations, particularly during local ceremonies. Overnight in Turmi. Overnight- Turmi Lodge. Meals Full board

Day 06:- Turmi – Arba Minch

Depart from Turmi to Arba Minch, via Erbore in the Weyto valley and Konso. Friday is market day in Erbore, so if passing on this day, the market will be visited. Stop in Konso for a visit with the Konso people, who are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques. Afterwards, continue to Arba Minch. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 07:-Arba Minch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo 

Today you will have simple  tour  and leisure, at  the morning,  a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles ,  hippopotamus, Egzir Dildiy… 

Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 08:- Arbaminch – Ziway – Addis Ababa

Early morning, you will be heading back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley line. Driving through the lake region, you will be able to see Ziway, Langano, Shalla and Abiatta lakes and additionally the crater lake region of Debrezeit.

Late in the afternoon arrive Addis and Day use of hotel for rest and ready for flight home at the Evening. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back.

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

8Days / 7Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0083/84
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

Morning   drive from  Addis Ababa  heading down South to Arbaminch via Butajira  and Hosaina. At Tiya, you will have a brief stopover to visit the UNESCO-registered Stalae fields of Tiya. With lunch break at Wolaita Sodo, you will proceed to Arbaminch, arriving late afternoon. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 02: - ArbaMich – Konso - Jinka

Morning, you will head down South to Konso. Arrival at Konso, and  visit the  UNESCO registered site the local Konso village, their terraced farm fields and totems. Driving further down into the Lower Omo Valley via  Weyto Plains,  to see the Tsemai tribe. Further on at Key Afer, you will visit the Bena tribe. Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 03 : Jinka – Mago National Park – Jinka

After breakfast in Jinka  drive heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. Settled in the lowland plains of the Park, you will visit a local village of the Mursi’s  back to Jinka  to visit the local South Omo Museum, an opportunity that will give you a good overall insight into the various tribes of the South. Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 04 :- Jinka – Key Afer - Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Key Afer  , at Keyefer visit the colorful weekly Bena market, same a very colorful market that attracts neighboring tribes in the area – the Aris from Jinka, the Tsemais from Weito, the local Benas and the Hamers from Dimeka area. After lunch at Key Afer, you will be proceeding to Turmi via Dimeka.                                      

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

Day 05 : Turmi – Korcho - Turmi

Drive some kms to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe. Settled around the banks

of the Omo River, the Karo tribe are known for their body paintings, same done for beautifying purposes. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, a high ground view seeing off the Omo River flowing down South into the Turkana Lake.   Evangadi dancing  and   bull jumping ceremony of the Hamers Will make  your  trip very unique and unforgettable memory in your life.

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

Day 06 : Turmi – Dimeka - Turmi

Mid-morning, you will be heading to Dimeka, another Hammer tribe settlement 28kms out.

Saturday being the weekly Hamer market in Dimeka, you will be able to join in at this market, see their day-to-day activities. Returning back to Turmi early afternoon, you will visit a local Hammer village 

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

Day 7 : Turmi – Arbore - Arbaminch

Morning after breakfast drive  to ArbaMinch . Extending for roughly 96kms in the Weyto Plains parallel to Lake Stephanie for certain parts, you Will have chance to  the Arbore tribe. With lunch stop at Weyto, you will head to Arbaminch .

Overnight – Arba Minch – Hotel. Meals – Full Board

Day 08 : Arbaminch – Ziway – Addis Ababa

Morning After breakfast in your hotel drive back to addis Ababa   via the Rift Valley line. Farwell diner and departure home

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

9 Days and 8 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0084
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 9 days and 8 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 Ababa-Arba Minch

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arba Minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla LAKES national park. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full Board

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

At morning, have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full Board

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi
 After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area. Overnight- Lodge –Turmi. Meals Full board

Day0 5:  Turmi - Omorate

After breakfast drive  to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. In the afternoon, go to visit the Hamer Village. At the same village we you will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing). Overnight: Turmi Lodge-Turmi. Meals Full Board

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

After breakfast,  we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market. Overnight: Jinka Resort-Jinka. Meals Full Board

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, drive from Jinka to Mursi Village; visit to the Mursi Village, picnic lunch  will be in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park. Overnight: Jinka Resort Hotel-Jinka. Meals Full Board

Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

At the morning start driving back to Arba Minch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals Full Board.

Day 09: Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, here you will visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo. 

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Bole international airport for the flight back. End of tour!

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