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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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13 Days /12 Nights all Northern Historical circuit

Tour code: My.T.T 0049
Package Title: All Northern Circuits        
Duration: 13 days and 14 nights
Transport: by surface and flight

Day 01Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis

On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met by our representatives and transferred to Ghion Hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa. Overnight Ghion Hotel.     

Day02: Fly Bahir Dar. Morning - Blue Nile Falls, afternoon - city tour of Bahir Dar

After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment, we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries  , Blue Nile Falls and Mount Bezawit where the palace of Emperor Haile Selassie is gracefully situated. This hilltop is the best place for view and birding. Overnight –Hotel- Bahir Dar.
Day 03: Boat cross of Lake Tana and visit 4 monasteries then drive to Gondar.

Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and the largest lake in Ethiopia. On the Lake are thirty-seven Islands; thirty of them have Churches and Monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We visit the monastery church of Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidanemheret at Zege Peninsula, Dek Estifanos on Dek island and Debre Sina Mariam at Gorgora Peninsula. Meet vehicles at Gorgora and then drive to Gondar for an Overnight stay at Goha Hotel

Day 04: Tour of Gondar

The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar are included in the World Heritage List. the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Overnight Goha Hotel

Day 05: Drive Simien Mountains

After  breakfast departure for Debark town (100 Kms from Gondar), where the head quarter of Simien Mountains National Park is found. Here we pay the entrance fees and a scout and a local guide will accompany us. Then we continue driving to the gravel road to Buyit Ras, the first campsite of the National Park and your lodge for the night.   On this drive you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around. Overnight Simien Mountain Loge - (3200 m)

Day 06: Drive Axum

On this day, you drive long (280kms) but enjoying very beautiful and spectacular landscape along the Simien Mountains and Tekeze Gorge. The road descends from 3100 metres through hairpin bends down the mountain side to 1400 metres in just 40kms! The drive down and back up to Adi Arkay showcases not only the immensely beautiful Simien Mountain massifs but also the people who eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside.  The drive continues through the Tekeze valley, crossing the Tekeze River, and onto Askum in the far north.  Overnight Remhay Hotel

Day 07: Tour in Axum

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary church where the original Arc of the covenant housed in, Archeological Museum, Stelaes, tombs, and palace.  The ancient city of Aksum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. Overnight  Remehay Hotel

Day 08: Fly Lalibela

We take a short flight to Lalibela then drive 23kms to the town where all the 11 monolithic Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are situated. Today we visit the first group of six churches lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple and its stone floor is so polished by the countless numbers of visitors that it reflects shafts of light from apertures in the walls high above. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overnight Roha or Jerusalem hotel

Day 09: In Lalibela

After breakfast a  mule ride to the 13th century rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam.  The church is situated on  atop a mountain  at an altitude of 3150 metres. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch.In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Bet Emanuel's elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians. Overnight Roha or Jerusalem hotel

Day 10: Fly to Addis Ababa

After breakfast you will check in to the Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. O/n Ghion Hotel

Day 11: Fly from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and drive to Harer

After breakfast fly to Dire Dawa, the second largest city of Ethiopia. Upon arrival drive 55kms to the Walled city of Harar. After check in to Belyneh hotel, will visit the city wall, the gates and the narrow streets lined with traditional Harari Gegar houses; visit the Harari museum, Rimbaud House, a fine
traditional house dating from the period when the French poet Rimbaud lived in Harar. As evening falls
local men attract wild hyenas to the city in a bizarre spectacle as they bravely feed these dangerous
scavengers. In the evening you will visit this "Hyena Man". Overnight Belayneh hotel

Day 12: In Harer

After breakfast Full day visits the colorful Muslim Christian markets (known for basketry) and one
traditional Hararie house within the famous walled city. Overnight Belayneh hotel

Day 13: Fly Back to Addis

After breakfast drive to Dire Dawa where you will have a short stay then transfer to the airport and fly to Addis Ababa. En route we stop at the town of Awaday to see the biggest "Chat market in the country". "Chat" is a stimulant leaf which people chew to be excited. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for shower, the rest of the day shopping. In the evening a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with the dancing from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to the Airport for Departure

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request

14 Days / 13 Nights Nature

Adventure and Historical / Combined Tour 

Tour code: My.T.T 0050
Package Title: Nature , Adventure and Historical / Combined tour  
Duration: 14days and 13 nights
Transport: by surface /4WD

Day 01: Arrival Addis Ababa- City tour 

Meet our representative with sign board at exit of luggage and transfer you to hotel.  In the Afternoon start tour of Ethiopia with city tour of  Addis Ababa.   

02: Drive Addis – Awash National park

Drive to Awash National park. Cross Metahara lake, visit Kereyou nomad people and villages, drive to the hot springs, spot different animals and hamadryads on the way. Afternoon game drive of the park: different animals as Oryx, crocodiles, many birds, other antelopes; visit the Awash River falls and the gorge. Overnight hotel Awash 

03: Drive Awash – Semera

Drive to Semera, the Afar people capital. Take necessary permits for your Danakil trip. Overnight camping or Hotel .

04: Drive to Lake Afrera. O/N camp

05:
 Drive to Dodom, at Ert Ale volcano. Climb on the volcano for fantastic views. Materials will be brought by camels.Spectacular views. Overnight Camping.

06: Walk back to the vehicles and proceed to Hamed Ale. Overnight camp.

07:  Drive to Dalol, where Afar people extract salt are really unique views in the world.  Overnight camp back to Hamed Ale.

08: See the camel caravans bring back salt to the Tigray towns for the markets. Drive to Hawsen or Mekele. Overnight  hotel .

09: Visit Tigray rock-hewn churches as the extremely interesting  Daniel Korkor, Mariyam korkor and Abune Yemata (clients should be very fit for mountain climbing for this last church; otherwise you can visit Abreha wo Asbeha church). Overnight hotel

10:  Drive to Lalibela, admiring very nice views. Overnight Hotel.

11: Visit the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. Visit a coffee ceremony in a traditional house in town. Evening dinner with folkloristic dances at hotel

12: Drive to Yemerehenna Kristos church, extremely interesting. Afternoon visit the  Genete Mariam church. Overnight hotel

13: Drive to Hayk lake and visit Debre Estifanos monastery. Overnight Kombolcha 

14: Drive back Addis. If SUN visit the very nice market of afar and Oromo people at Senbete village. Or possibley if it  Thursday visit the very nice and coulour full market in kemissie Afternoon free. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Evening departure  (or next day).

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request

16 Days / 15 Nights Northern and Eastern Historical Route

Tour code: My.T.T 0051
Package Title: Northern and Eastern Historical Route        
Duration: 16 days and 15 nights
Transport: by surface / 4WD

Day 01: Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport meet and greet service will be provided by OUR representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Early morning start the journey to Bahir Dar, Breakfast and Lunch will provide en route. arrival time will be late in the afternoon, dinner and Overnight in Bahir at one of best  hotel.

Day03: Boat excursion on Lake Tana, to see the Monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana , After lunch break drive to Blue Nile Falls and the other attractions of lake side small city. Overnight stay at same Hotel -  Bahir Dar.

Day 04:  Drive to the grace full town of Gondar, it is known for its many medieval castles and the design, decoration of its churches. Among many of edifice found on the area of the Royal compound the earliest of the castles were built by Fasiledes and are still in such an excellent state of repair that it is still possible climb its stairs all the way to the roof which commands a breathtaking view over most of the city, visit the fantastically decorated Debre Birhan    church’ and many more. Overnight in Gander.  

Day 05: After early  morning  breakfast  visit the Emperor Fasiledes  bathing Palace which is currently  used for the annual “Timket”  or  ETHIOPOIAN  Epiphany which is very unique  celebrations and  tourists are advisable to participate on it ;  and many more attractions at Gondar. Overnight Hotel at Debark.

Day 06: Early in the morning drive to the ancient city of Axum. Overnight in Axum.

Day 07: City tour of Axum, the Steles, the church of St. Mary of Zion, Museum, Tombs (Kaleb and Gebre Maskel) and Queen of Sheba’s bath. Overnight in Axum.

Day 08: After breakfast drive to Mekele en route visit Yeha Temple and Rock-hewn Churches of Abraha Atsebaha and Wukro. Overnight Hotel -  Mekele.

Day 09: Early morning drive to Lalibela via Sekota. Overnight Hotel -  Lalibela.

Day 10: Visit 12th century Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Mornings visit the first and the second group; after lunch visit the 3rd group of the Churches. Overnight in Lalibela.

Day 11: Early in the morning trekking to Asheton Mariam Church (Church of Marry) and the view of the village. After lunch you will have leisure time. Overnight Lalibela.

Day 12: After breakfast, drive to Lalibela via Sekota. Overnight  in Lalibela.

Day 13: Early in the morning drive to Harar via Bati Village. Overnigin Harar.

Day 14: City tour of Harar and in the evening the Hyena man show. Overnight Harar.

Day 15: Drive to Dire Dawa, 55 km from Harar, sightseeing of Dire Dawa and Transfer to the Airport to fly to Addis. Overnight in Addis.

Day 16: City tour of Addis Ababa. Transfer to Bole International Airport for final departure.

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request

17 Days / 16 Nights Detail tour to Northern Route and Semien Mountains National Park

Tour code: My.T.T 0052
Package Title: Detail tour to Northern Route and Semien Mountains National Park
Duration: 17 days and 16 nights
Transport: by surface /4WD

Day 01: Arrival in Addis Ababa: 

Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole international airport met and welcomed by representative of Myseru tour and travel  at exit gate and assist to transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Addis and its surroundings

Morning after breakfast start exploring the tour of Addis and its surroundings beginning with National Museum; Ethnological Museum, the largest open market in Africa  called Mercato , Entoto Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and soon . During the night  enjoy traditional foods and dance. Overnight hotel in ADDIS.

Day 03 Senbete Market - Kombolcha

Early morning start driving to Senbete .There is spectacular mountain scenery en route. Markets in Ethiopia are not only about buying and selling, but are major social occasions, where people meet and exchange information.  Hence, Senbete market is a place where the highlands and lowlands meet, and brings together different ethnic groups: 
  Lunch en route. Overnight in one of suitable hotel at Kombolcha.

Day 04: Kombolcha – Bati- Weldeya

Morning after breakfast drive to the way to Danakil Depression it is only 50km for   the most interesting Bati cattle market here again we find the congregation of different ethnic group with local products and the livestock, the market is interesting photogenic for photographer and also for those appreciating the natural beauty and colorful dressing of the Afar, Oromo and Wello of Amhara region women. Retrace to Kombolcha have your lunch at the hotel we stayed last night and then drive Weldeya, We will stop at the Hike Estifanos Monastery earlier used by scholars of the other monasteries and religious leaders in the country. Overnight in a hotel at Weldeya.

Day 05:  Woldeya – Lalibela

Drive to Lalibela from Weldeya; the town on the foot base of Abuna Yosef Mountain along the scenic road en route visit the Genete the monolithic church 17km before the town of Lalibela. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 06:  Lalibela 
The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century, recorded by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Each church has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. Mornings   explore the first and the second group of Lalibela churches, after lunch break continuing visiting the 3rd and the other sites of Lalibela overnight in same hotel.

Day07: Lalibela-Mekele 

Drive to Mekele through beautiful mountain scenery, Korem-Sekota on the way there are many more attractive to be experienced. Then proceed to Mekele. Overnight at Mekele  in a reserved hotel.

Day 08:Mekele-Gheralta 
Drive and explore full day the hidden treasure of Tigrian Rock hewn church of the Tebien cluster which includes Wukro Cherkos, Mariam Korkore, Abraha  Atsebeha, and Digum Silassie rock hewn churches. Overnight at Gheralta Lodge.

Day09: Gherealta–DebreDamo, Yeha Temples-Axum

Drive to the old city Axum via Adigrat on the way visit The monastery of Debre Damo (closed to women),monastery of Debre Damo ;Yeha Temple and enjoy the beautiful scenery and continue to Axum. Overnight Axum.

Day 10: Axum

A visit is organized to the steles: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings.. There is also a visit to the church of Saint Marry of Zion (Tsion or Zion), which contains the crowns of Ethiopian Kings, Museum  and other treasures. Overnight  in hotel.

Day11: Axum – Debark-Semien Mountains

Drive on the Tigrian Plateau after passing   Shire Enda Silassie town  starts the most dramatic beautiful scenery in the country, continue driving to Adi Arkay village leading into the Tekeze Valley with its Baobab trees and birds. Head to the Semien Lodge check in after short break  for those wish to trek take short hiking or it depend on the arrival to prolong trekking. Overnight in lodge.

Day 12: Trek and drive in the Semien Mountains

Morning start trekking and driving to the Extent of Chenek on jagged panorama of the Semien Mountains National Park. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 13: Drive to Gondar

It takes about two and half hours on all weather road drive from Debark to Gondar on the way visit the villages along the road, meet people at their field and photo stop for beautiful scenery then proceed to Gondar, Check in hotel.  Afternoon after lunch and a brief rest start city of Gondar. There are a dozen castles and churches. Overnight hotel in Gondar.

Day14: Drive from Gondar  to Bahir Dar

Drive from Gondar to Bahir Dar through the beautiful and fertile countryside on the Lake Tana side ; it takes 2:30hours on the way visit the villages Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located on the shores of Lake Tana.In the afternoon take a boat excursion to the famous island monasteries. On your way back enjoy the beautiful Sun set on the Lake Tana. Overnight hotel at Bahir Dar.

Day 15:  Drive from Bahir Dar to Debre Marcos 

Morning after early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the Blue Nile Falls, which is known locally as Tiss - Issat (water that smokes) falls. This round trip will take about an hour walking. Then we cross the Blue Nile by boat to return to the point of departure. Drive to Debre  Marico’s  on a paved road en route enjoy one of the beautiful and fertile highland known for Teff,  the small and very small crop species in the world, visit local houses in the village. Overnight hotel in Debre Maricos.

Day 16: Drive to Addis Ababa via Blue Nile Gorge

Morning  start driving on the central highland (plateau) till where it bisect Showa plateau and via the awesome Blue Nile gorge. En route have an opportunity to explore the Debre Libanos Monastery on the cliff of Jimma River and then continue driving to Addis.

Evening farewell dinner by Myseru Tour and travel .Overnight hotel in Addis .

Day 17: Departure. 

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request

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