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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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Semein Mountain Trekking

5 Days and 4 Nights Semien Mountains Trekking

Tour code: My.T.T  001
Package Title: Semien Mountains NP Trekking  
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 1: Fly Addis -Gondar – Debark – Sankaber
Early in the morning Transfer to Bole international Airport to fly to Gonder. After breakfast in Gondar , drive for about 2 ½ hrs to Debark in a 4x4WD. At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up local 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 to Sankaber you'll be met as every day on this trek with a tray of fresh coffee, tea and snacks. (L, D) Overnight Sankaber Camping (3,250m)

DAY 2: Sankaber (3,250m) – Gich 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 high light of the trek from Sankaber to Gich is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can watch the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeyer 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 Gich camp site, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the traditional village houses for home roasted coffee and injurra. Gich Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views. (B, L, D) Overnight Camping Gich .

Day 3: Gich –Imet Gogo- Siha Gorge- Kedar Dit-Gich
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 return to camp via the Siha Gorge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure before heading out for a short optional sunset trek to KedaDit (3760m). (B,L,D). Overnight Camping Gich


DAY 4: Gich (3600m) – Innatye (4070m) - Chennek (3,600m)
Today is the longest and arguably most spectacular passing close to the ridge most of its length. After breakfast you will head back on the path towards Imet Gogo before detouring south east towards Inatye. The path drops into a forest of Giant Hazel before following the ridge on open grassland. The climb to Inatye (4,070m) rewards with stunning views. Inatye roughly translates as "mamma mia" and the terrifying vertical drop here justly warrants the name! After a picnic lunch the path follows mostly downhill through open grassland and gian lobelia towards Chennek with a number of stunning viewpoints along the way. Chennek camp is superb for wildlife with both Gelada Baboons and Walia Ibex . (B,L,D) Overnight Camping Chennek.

DAY 5: Chennek (3600m) – Mount Buahit (4430m) – Chennek (3600m)
Walking 5 hours / 830m elevation gain and descent / 10km distance covered
After an early breakfast, you will head south east out of Chennek to climb Buahit Peak at 4430m. The path follows a small stream for an hour or two up to Buahit Pass. At the pass the views open up to the North East towards Lori and Sona Villages. This is a fantastic place to spot the Walia Ibex. From here it is another hour or two's scramble up a rocky slope to Buahit Peak. It is hard work at the altitude but the views from the top and the wildlife on the way are more than worth it. After a quick lunch in Chennek, you'll be driven back to Gondar (B, L) Overnight Hotel in Gondar.

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Semein Mountain Trekking

7 Days and 6 Nights Semien Moutains Trekking

Tour code: My.T.T  007
Package Title: Semien Mountains Trekking
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to Hotel
Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole international Airport (ADD) and transfer to hotel. After refreshment in your hotel, if you arrival time is early it is great place to start your tour with city tour of the African continent capital city, Addis. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa.

Day 2- Fly from Addis to Gondar
Early in the Morning Transfer to ADD airport to fly to Gondar, up on your arrival at Gondar Air port (GDQ) our representative welcomes you and transfer to hotel. After good breakfast you will start the tour at leisure exploring the 17th century castles compound of Gander, Baths of Fasildes and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church famous for its "winged angels" that adorn the ceiling. Overnight hotel in Gondar

Day 3: Drive Gonder - Sankaber
Drive to Debark town (100 Kms ), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Then continue driving to the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its dramatic highland scenery, Sankaber (31 Kms) and it is the first campsite of the awesome sight of National Park. En route to Sankaber you will enjoy by the extraordinary scenery of the highland region, the endemic wild life such as Gelada Baboons, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around. Overnight Camping at Sankaber (3250 m).

Day 4: Trek Sankaber – Gich ( 5-7 hrs)
Trek from Sankaber Campsite to Gich ( 3600m) follow the track eastward along a narrow ridge , with the escarpment to the north and the Koba River Valley to south. Drop into the koba , and then climb steeply up through an area called Michotis. To the left is the Gich Abyss and a large waterfall where the Jinbar River plugs into the abayss. About 3-4 hrs from Sankaber to reach Gich camp site. From Gich camp it is only 1-2 hrs to the summit of Imet Gogo(3925m)to explore a large peak to east of the camp , with spectacular views north and east across the foothill and plains. Overnight Gich camping.

Day 5: Trek Gich – Chennek
Trek Gich- Chennek (5-7 hrs) via Imet Gogo rather than the main road , on the way have good views to the valley below and also good opportunity to see the endemic Gelada Baboon , the rare Walia Ibex and Lammergeyer. Overnight Chennek Camping( 3,620m).

Day 6: Drive Chennek - Gondar
Drive from Chennek Camp back to Gonder, via Debark. Overnight Hotel in Gondar

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Semein Mountain Trekking

8 Days and 7 Nights Semien Moutntains Trekking

Tour code: My.T.T  003
Package Title: Semien Mountains Trekking
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

DAY 1: Gondar – Debark – Sankaber Camp (3,250m)
If you are already transfer from Addis to Gondar , after breakfast You'll be picked up from your hotel in Gondar, leave Debark ( 2,800m) on the dirt road that leads through the market and then heads in an easterly direction through the outskirts of the town. The dirt road passes through fields, then cross the lama River and climbs steeply onto the western plateau. 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. (L,D) O/ n camping Sankaber .

DAY 2: Sankaber (3,200m) – Gich Camp (3,600m) Walking 7-8hrs / 15km
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 Gich is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can see the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeyer 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. Gich Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views. (B,L,D) Overnight Camping Gich

DAY 3: Gich (3,600m) – Imet Gogo (3,926m) – Siha Gorge – Kedar Dit – Geech (3,600m) Walking 5-6 hrs / 13km
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 Semien Range. At an altitude of 3,926m you can see West back along the ridge towards Sankaber and Gich and South East across a deep gully towards the tomorrow's ridge walk to Inatye and Chennek Camp. The views here are arguably the best in the Semien Mountains and the drop is terrifying. From Imet Gogo, you'll return to camp via the Siha Gorge for lunch. In the Afternoon at leisure before heading out for a short optional sunset trek to Keda Dit (3760m). Overnight at Gich Camp again. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Gich (3600m) – Inatye (4070m) - Chennek (3,600m) Walking 7 hours / 15km
Today is the longest and arguably most spectacular passing close to the ridge most of itslength. After breakfast you will head back on the path towards Imet Gogo before detouring SE towards Inatye. The path drops into a forest of Giant Hazel before following the ridge on open grassland. The climb to Inatye (4,070m) rewards with stunning views. Inatye roughly translates as "mammy" and the terrifying vertical drop here justly warrants the name! After a picnic lunch the path follows mostly downhill through open grassland and giant lobelia towards Chennek with a number of stunning viewpoints along the way. Chennek camp is superb for wildlife with both Gelada Baboons and Wallia Ibex common here. (B, L, D). Overnight CAMPING CHENNEK

DAY 5: Chennek (3600m) – Sonar (3500m)
After breakfast you will set out from camp for a steady 2 hour climb up to Buahit Pass (4,200m). From the pass there are stunning views over towards Ras Dashen. After a quick half hour descent it is a nice flat walk to Sonar, stopping at the market village of arkawyze for lunch. Sonar Camp is spectacularly situated with stunning sunset views. Overnight at Sonar Camp.

DAY 6: Sonar (3500m) – Mekarbra (2150m)
Setting out from Sonar you soon reach the Incya Valley which you descend for 2-3 hours down to the lowlands. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Incya River where there is a lovely spot for a refreshing swim. After lunch there is a further 2 hour walk along the banks of the River to Mekarbra where you camp in the village. 5-6 hours walking. Overnight Camping

DAY 7: Merkarbra (2150m) to Mulet (2150m)
The walk today passes along the dry river bed of the Incya River. The bird life is incredible, pin-tailed waders, village indigo, paradise monarchs and tropical bobu are all frequently spotted. Luch at Derkwenthpool, where you can rest and swim. From the pools there is a 2 hour climb to Awazza Villgae at the foot of the striking Awazza Table Mountain. There will be time for a refreshment stop in the village before a final hours trek up to the last camp at Mulet. Overnight Camping Mulet

DAY 8: Mulet – Gonder
After breakfast, it is a 3 hour walk to Adi Arkaye, where you'll be picked up and transferred back to Gonder (5 hour drive).

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Semein Mountain Trekking

9 Days and  8 Nights Semien Mountains Trekking

Tour code: My.T.T  004
Package Title: Trekking in Bale MNP
Duration: 9 days and 8 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel. If the arrival time is in the early hours, after refreshment, it would be very attractive if you start your tour with city tour of Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel Addis.

Day 2: Fly Addis - Gondar:
Early in the morning transfer from your hotel to (ADD) Bole international airport to fly to Gondar. At Gondar Airport our representative/ Guide will wait for you to assist your tour at Gondar and Semien Mountains.

The tour starts from Gondar, Gondar's most important tourist attractions such as Fasil Gibbi / Royal Compound ,a walled compound of 17th century castles and buildings lying in the city center , Fasil's pool and Surroundings, Kuskuam (Mountain of Sun), Debrebirhan Silassie church. Overnight Hotel in Gondar

Day 3: Gondar- Sankaber:
Drive from Gondar to Debark town (100 Kms ), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Then continue driving to Sankaber (31 Kms) the first campsite of the National Park. On this drive you will get 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 Camping at Sankaber. - (3250 m)

Day 4: Sankaber - Chennek:
Trek to Chennek, you will be walking through the Giant lobelia trees and under these trees African field Rats are common. After picnic lunch we walk on the edge of Inatye escarpments (4070m. above sea level), which is another breathtaking view in the national park; finally we descend to Chennek. Chennek is the best place to see the endemic Waliya Ibex and more Gelada Baboon. It takes 6 - 7 hours walk. Overnight Camping at Chennek.- (3600m)

Day 5: Chennek - Ambiquo
We walk to Ambiquo climbing Buhit (14530ft/4430m) Mountain the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Semien Mountain ranges, giving excellent views over the whole area. After, refreshment at the summit, you descend towards Chero Laba crossing the Mesheha River, we will reach to Ambiquo and resting for the night here, before the big day on Ras Dashen. The walk of this day takes 7- 8 hours. Overnight Camping at Ambiquo - (10496ft/3200m).

Day 6: Ambiquo-Ras Dashen-Ambiquo
Today morning after breakfast start walking toward mount Ras Dashen. You will get up in the pre dawn chill for what will be the most challenging day of the Trek. To reach the summit can take up to 6 hrs. You will head up the valley from campsite to the small village of Mizma, from where you will climb steeply up wards, eventually reaching an impressive amphitheater made up of three major buttresses of expanded rock, one of which is your goal, Ras Dashen. It is then an easy scramble to the summit, Ras Dashen, which is the highest peak of the country (14901ft/4543m). After taking in the impressive views descend back to Ambiquo for an overnight. The whole round trek takes from 8-10 hours. Overnight camping at Ambiquo - (10496ft/3200m).

Day 7: Ambiqo- Chenek:
You walk back to Chennek passing through the side of the Bohit Mountain. (3600m) this day takes about 6-7 hours walk. Overnight Camping at Chennek (3600m).

Day 8: Chnneck – Gondar
Here you will be picked up by the vehicle and drive to Gondar. En route you will have stops for watching herd of the Gelada Baboons and other picturesque points. Overnight Hotel Gondar (2100m)

Day 9: Fly Gondar - Addis Ababa:
Transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. Enjoy the rest of the day shopping. Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic groups then transfer to the airport for departure.

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Itenaries Package Tour

Semein Mountain Trekking

Trekking can be done anywhere in the world.  But certain areas are particularly popular with trekkers; by its Topography, Ethiopia is the one in the world which offers mountain trekking and travel activities for trekkers and mountaineers. The most popular trek in the Simien National Park is climbing Ras Dashen at 4533m - the highest point in Horn of Africa. Our trek leaders pride themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people who live there, the flora, the fauna and the diverse cultures of Ethiopia. They have been chosen for their ability to handle matters with sensitivity and regard for the well-being of trek members, as well as giving every consideration to the sensibilities of the local people you will meet whilst trekking.

The following itineraries are samples liable for change which can be amended or completely changed and /or can be used as it is based on your interest.