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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6 Days and 5 Nights Rock hewan churches of Tigray 

Tour code: My.T.T 0044
Package Title: Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray 
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 01: arrival and city tour of Addis

Morning arrive to Bole international airport, be met and greet by Myseru tour professional representatives, after Breakfast start exploring the city tour of Addis.  Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor Menelik II at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, Overnigh Hotel – Addis

Day 02: Fly Addis – Mekele

Early morning be transferred to Bole airport to fly to Mekele which is the capital of Tigrean region after chek in to your hotel . Si8ghtseeng of Mekele   visit the interesting museum.  Overnight Hotel - Mekele

Day 03 : Drive  Mekele to the Rock Hewn churches

Morning after breakfast drive to Wukro to  explore the rock hewn churches of Tigray Abreha ‘ Atsbiha, from Gheralta clusters: Yohannes Maqudi,Abune Abreham Debretsion,Mareyam qorqur and Daniel qorqur. Overnight Hotel Geralta

Day 04: Proceed to the others Abune Yimeata Guh which is said as a pillar of sky,Gebre Mikael Quoraro and Mareyam pappasetti. Overnight Geralta

Day 05: Drive to see the Tsaede Amba cluster churches: Medanealem Adikesho,Mikael Milehazengi , Petros we Pawlos and Wukro Kirkos. Overnight Mekele

Day 06: in the morning drive to visit the beautiful semi monolithic rock hewn church of Mikael Imba from Atsbi cluster and fly back to Addis.

3 Days  and 2 Nights  Harar  

Tour code: My.T.T 0045
Package Title: Harar 
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Fly Addis – Dre Dawa

Be transferred to Bole Airport to fly to Dre Dawa Fly from Addis Ababa.  Continue by vehicle from Dire Dawa to Harar stopping by Ethiopia's largest "chat" market in Aweday.  Stroll through the 16th century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  See the home of Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a "gun-runner" during the 19th century.  Overnight Hotel – Harar 

Day 2: Discover the world heritage site Harar

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels.  The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations.  Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturday so today you will have really good chance to explore the unique different tribe’s culture and life style. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of colorful Islamic market. Tour the National and Harari museums and the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie.) and after some rest, in the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and with a wooden steak- holding by his mouth. If you feel courageous and no fear at all,  you can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no hesitation to fear them. Overnight Hotel Harar.   

Day 3:  Harar – Dre Dawa-  Addis Ababa.

Before transfer to Dre Dawa  Airport  u will have short sightseeing of Dre .

5 Days and  4 Nights Harar and Dire Dawa

Tour code: My.T.T 0046
Package Title: Harar and Dire Dawa 
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Arrival and Addis Ababa city tour.  O/vernight -  Hotel – Addis .

Day 2:  Fly to Dire Dawa, tour in Dre Dawa. Overnight Dre Dawa – Hotel .

Day 3:  Morning transfer to  Harar, after check in to your Hotel start to   visit Babile, the valley of marvels. PM Harar's mosques, churches, tombs, French poet Rimbaud house, market, Adere people cultural houses. Evening hyena man performance. Overnight Harar – Hotel

Day 4: Drive to Dire Dawa and  explore attractions in this beautiful city and out of the town. Overnight Dre – Dawa.

Day 5:  Morning after good breakfast  transfer to Der Dawa Air port to fly back to Addis Departure.

6 Days and  5 Nights Harar and Dire Dawa in detail 

Tour code: My.T.T 0047
Package Title: Harar and Dire Dawa in detail 
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: by surface from Addis 

Day 1: Early in the morning, depart for a full day driving to Harar en route you will visit so many natural and Cultural Attractions.  Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel in Harar .

Day2: Babile and the Valley of Marvels

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels.  The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations.  Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturday so today you will have really good chance to explore the unique different tribe’s culture and life style. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of the city and after some rest, in the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and with a wooden steak- holding by his mouth. If you feel courageous and no fear at all,  you can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no hesitation to fear them. Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel.

Day 3: The walled city of Harar

Today is a full day dedicated to exploring the walled city of Harar.  With its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses, you’ll have a full day wandering around the city of Harar.  Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel Harar.

Day 4: Harar – Dre Dawa

In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar including the Arthur Rimbaud Cultural Center, named after the famous poet and traveler who resided in Harar for a portion of his life.  In the afternoon, proceed driving to Dire Dawa. Overnight at smart Hotel in  Dre Dawa.

Day 5: Dre Dawa and Laga Oda Rock Paintings

Morning drive to Laga Oda Rock painting site (32km from Dire Dawa) & discover the pre historic cave paintings (dated back 700 BC). Lunch  in Dire Dawa.  In the afternoon, after lunch, visit the city of Dire Dawa;   the mosaic of culture, the museum of people. Almost all culture from all around the country and the world are displayed in this remarkable city. The French, Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenian and Indians had putted their cultural effect on, which is now reflecting on the architectural style the buildings.  In the town you can visit the Armenian and Greek Orthodox Church, the Balian Crematorium that were using this place for their cultural funeral ceremony. They use to burn the bodies of the dead in this specific place, and also visit the Ethiopian Millennium memorial park established to celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium and promote the ancient cave paintings which were drawn before 5000 years. It have a replicas of the cave paintings on huge stone and there are also five cultural houses which represents the Amhara, Tigre, Oromo, Somali, Harari,  Guragehe and other ethnic groups cultural houses and utensils. Overnight stay in Dire Dawa  Smart hotel.

Day 6: Drive back to Addis Ababa.

7 Days / 6 Nights Awash NP, Harar and Dire Dawa 

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Tour Title

Mode of  Transport

Tour starts

Tour Ends

My. T.T  0048 

7Days /6Nights

Awash NP, Harar and Dire Dawa 

By Surface

Addis

Addis

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
 Meet and greet you our  representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in the chosen hotel – Addis 

Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa

Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight Hotel – Addis   .

Day 3: Drive to Awash

Early morning start driving to Awash NP, In the Awash National Park you will see the elegant Beisa Oryx grazing on the savanna plains. Also Soemmering’s gazelle, Dikdiks, greater and lesser Kudu and Waterbuck can be observed. The park is well known for its 460 bird species from which 6 are endemic. Overnight stay in Awash National Park

Day 4: Drive to Harar

Drive From Awash to the great city walls, and the French poet Rimbaud's house. Harar is an Islamic centre with at least 99 mosques, and is considered to be the fourth holiest Islamic city, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Early in the evening visit the Hayena Man. Overnight Hotel - Harar.

 Day 5: City tour in Harar and drive to Dire Dawa

Inside the wall city visit the museum of the Harari National Cultural Centre which is designed like a typical Adare houses. Other interesting places are the 17th century Jami mosque, Rimbaud house, birth place of Emperor Haile Selassie Ras Tafari house. Late in afternoon drive to Dire Dawa. Dire Dawa is the mosaic of culture, the museum of people. Enjoy the nightlife. Overnight stay in Dire Dawa

Day 6: Drive Debre Ziet

Debre Zeit is surrounded by six crater lakes, two of which – Bishoftu and Hora lie within the town centre. At the shores of Lake Hora is a small cafeteria and a walking trail. Overnight stay in Debre Ziet. 

Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa

Last day in Addis Ababa make shopping and Have great farewell dinner will  served by Myseru Tour and Travel And late in the evening check-out for flight back home.

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