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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2 Days /1 Night Northern Historical Tour

Flying out one day from Addis Ababa and returning back on the second day to discover one of the most popular Historical sites.

Day 1: Early Morning transfer to Bole international air port to fly to one of the most attractive historical place such as Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela, Harar or Dre - Dawa. These are the most popular historical sites to be visited within two Days and one Night By Flight. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Early morning fly back to Addis Ababa.

Bahia Dar

Tour code: My.T.T 0029
Package Title: Bahir dar 
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: by flight

Within one day you can discover Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara  region ,  which has all rounded facilities and serves as a major gateway to the main attractions of the region. With its wide avenues of palms & flamboyant trees and its scenic location near Lake Tana, Bahir Dar is well known for its many churches, Bezawit Palace, open air market, time memorial papyrus boats and lake side resorts, traditional music, etc
Bahir Dar is the ideal centers from which to explore Lake Tana, the island monasteries, the Blue Nile Falls and It Is where the Great Blue Nile start the journey.

Gondar Discover the 17th century town of Gondar with its Medieval Castles. 

Tour code: My.T.T 0030
Package Title: Gonder
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: by flight

This site of tour is famous for its ancient century Castles and ancient Church named Debre  Birhan-Selassie, whose walls and ceiling are covered with vivid Murals and Flasha (Black Jews) village. Fasil Gimb (Castle of Fasiledes) the first and most imposing of Gondar edifices, the five–towered castle of Fasiledes, a massive solid looking building constructed of  unequaled dark stone and mortar; cut stone arches of red Tufa  from Quesqwam above the windows and doors. Inside the royal enclosure the oldest and the most impressive Gonderian structure built of hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar which is said to be the work of an Indian Architect. The bath of King Fasiledes (Currently baptismal place during Ethiopian Epiphany, in January every year) this is the most unique religious ceremony by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.

Axum The Imperial Capital of the Mighty Axumit Empire  

Tour code: My.T.T 31
Package Title: Axum
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: by flight

Discover the ancient city of Axum, regarded as the cradle of Ethiopian Christianity, is the country’s oldest extant urban settlement starting from around 200BC to 700AD, the 16th century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion built on the site of a much older church probably resembling that of  Debre Damo, dating from the 4th century AD. Only a platform and the wide stone steps remain from the earlier structure. The Cathedral is the repository of the crowns of some of Ethiopians former emperors. According to church legend, it also houses the original Ark of the Covenant - thus making St. Mary’s the holiest sanctuary in Ethiopia.

8th wonder of the world Lalibela

Tour code: My.T.T 0032
Package Title: Lalibela
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: by flight

Rock Hewn churches of Lalibela are the most interesting sights you ever likely see with unforgettable memories; all of them are built at the end of 12th century and at the beginning of 13th century. The area today Lalibela is named after one of the famous kings of the dynasty who carved out the 11 churches from the living rock. There have been so many legends mythologies and scholarly written documents regarding the astonishing architectural and technical perfection of these 11 rock hewn church which are still in active church service. After 900 years of active church service and Ethiopian Christian worshiping place world have agreed that the rock hewn churches of Lalibela should be registered as the 8th wonder of the world. Certainly, there are more than thousands of rock hewn churches in Ethiopia but the most impressive ones are concentrated around Lalibela and Tigray region.

There are also many accessible churches from Lalibela to be visited   with additional 2 days and more staying in   Lalibela, either by horse ridding, driving or trekking. The mountain around Lalibela  are studded with medieval monasteries and churches many of which are very different from the Lalibela counterparts ,and are rarely visited by tourists  with the exception of monasteries  at Nakute  Le’ ab and Asheton  Mariam both are  relatively  straight forward a day trips from Lalibela .    

Churches near Bilbila are 10km from the village of Bilbila and 30km from the Lalibela off the road northwards to Sekota and Adwa. To explore the following listed churches along this circuit by vehicle takes maximum 8hrs including walking time of 5 to 20 minutes each way to the various churches.

This relatively compact and very varied circuit of churches comprise;

  • Yemerehanna kirstos: Situated at an altitude of around 2,700m. This is located 45 km form Lalibela.
  • Arbatu ensessa: church south west of Yemrehane  Kiristos, reached on foot .
  • Bilbila cherqos:
  • Bilbila Giyorgis:
  • Genetemariam:
  • Ashetom Mariam:
  • Nakuto leab: 

 3 Days/ 2 Nights Bahir Dar

Tour code: My.T.T 0033
Package Title: Bahir dar
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
Transport: by flight

Day1:Early morning transfer to ADD to fly to Bahir Dar after an hour flight   arrive at BJR, transfer in to hotel for check in then proceed for a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the 13th century Monasteries. There are more than 20 monastic churches the most famed ones Ura Kidanne Mihret and Kibran Gebrieal , found on Zeghe peninsula, Back to the  town  after Lunch visit the colorful open markets , a variety of handicrafts and weaving centers, locally made ( Tankwas) along with panoramic viewpoint .O/n stay in a reserved Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast drive to Blue Nile falls locally known (Tiss Issat) ( the water that smokes)it is about 35 kms after it exists Lake Tana , and Mount Bezawit  which is  an  ideal point to  visit the most magnificent  Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie , which is gracefully situated. At night you will be invited by Sof Omar tours for Dinner and traditional dancing houses to one of the Azmari Houses to witness the night life in Bahir Dar. O/ n in same hotel.

Day 3: To day morning after breakfast transfer to BJR to fly back to Addis; City tour in Addis and Departure.

3 Days / 2 Nights Bahir Dar and Gondar

Tour code: My.T.T 0034
Package Title: Bahir dar and Gonder 
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Early in the morning Transfer to Bole international Airport to fly to Bahir Dar, upon arrival at Bahir Dra   Air port (BJR) meet our representative to assist you for the entire trip. After check in to your reserved hotel go out to explore Bahir  Dar attractions such as the ancient monasteries and Blue Nile falls and Bezawit palace.  O/n and Dinner at reserved hotel.

DAY2:  Morning after breakfast drive to Gondar for about 3 hrs. After setting in to the hotel. Visiting of the ancient century Castles and ancient Church named Debre Birhan-Selassie  and other sightseeing of Gondar .  O /n Gondar Taye or  Goha hotel.

DAY 3: Fly Back to Addis Ababab.

4 Days / 3 Nights Gondar and Semien Mountains National park

Tour code: My.T.T 0035
Package Title:  Gondar & Semien MT. National Park 
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA- GONDAR – DEBARK – SANKABER CAMP (3,200M) 
Early in the morning transfer to Bole International Air port to fly to Gondar. Our representative will be waiting for you at the Gondar Air port and assist you the entire trip in Gondar and Semien Mountains. 

After breakfast in Gondar start driving to   Debark in a 4x4. The road is rough and very dusty, but if you haven’t left the built up areas in Ethiopia yet, it is a real eye opener into the life of the rural majority. At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up your guide and scout and head up into the mountains (by 4x4). The road continues all the way to the first camp at Sankaber, but you’ll be dropped off on the way for a leisurely three hour acclimatization hike. The stunning views hit you as soon as you get out of the vehicle as you walk along the ridge. There will be time to stop for a picnic lunch and after a short but demanding climb (at this altitude) to Sankaber you’ll be met as every day on this trek with a tray of fresh coffee, tea and snacks.  7km 2/3 hours walking .

Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Overnight Camping.

DAY 2: SANKABER (3,200M) – GEECH CAMP (3,600M)
after   breakfast, you’ll set off trekking along the ridge with stunning views over the foothills 800m below. For the first two hours the trail passes through low bush of Giant Heather, soda apple, Abyssinian rose, St John’s Wort and Globe thistle. The highlight of the trek from Sankaber to Geech is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can watch the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeier bearded vulture soar on the thermals below. From the Genbar falls, the trail passes drier dustier land, broken by lunch at a somewhat less intimidating and more peaceful waterfall. Klipspringer and bush buck may be seen in the steep rocky and wooded slopes, whilst troops of Gelada Baboons roam the dusty fields for roots. Just before you reach Geech camp site, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the traditional village houses for home roasted coffee and injurra. Geech Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views.
 Overnight: Camping

DAY 3:  GEECH (3,600M) – IMET GOGO - GONDAR
After breakfast you’ll trek for 2 hours along the grass plateau past countless bizarre outsized Giant Lobelia plants. The destination is Imet Gogo, an incredible rocky promontory that grants 360 degree views over the Simien Range. At an altitude of 3,926m you can see West back along the ridge towards Sankaber and Geech and South East across a deep gully towards the tomorrow’s ridge walk to Inatye and Cheneck Camp. The views here are arguably the best in the Simien Mountains and the drop is terrifying. From Imet Gogo you'll head back to the nearest road access point and be driven back to Gondar. 
Transfer Simien Mountains - Gondar 4-5 hours.

Overnight: Gondar Hotel.

Day 4: Late morning, after breakfast exploring the Historical center of Gondar or transfer to fly back to Addis Ababa.

5 Days /4 Nights Lalibela and Its surroundings

Tour code: My.T.T 0036
Package Title: The 4 major historical Circuits 
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 01: Morning transfer to Bole international airport to fly to Lalibela. After check in to your hotel start visiting the 11 rock hewn churches in the  town,  in the morning  visit the first and the second groups and  in the afternoon visiting the remaining churches after.

Overnight: Hotel in Lalibela.

Day 02: Trek to Wodebye (5 hours Trek), altitude is 3600 – 3800 m.

Overnight: camping

Day 03 : Trek 4 hours to Abune Yoseph 4130m. This day you will visit the 6th century Rock hewn church of Abune Yoseph. You will also have a chance to see the endemic Ethiopian wolf some gazelles as well as vegetations such as giant Lalibela and some endemic flowers.

Overnight: camping

Day 04: Trek 5 hours to visit 6th church of Yemrhane Christos and for camping at the village.

Day 05: Be met by the car and drive to Lalibela on the way visiting Arbatu ensesa Belbale gyoris and Belbale churches. In the Afternoon Fly Back to Addis. Overnight :Hotel in Addis.

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