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 World Heritage Tour

Tour code: My.T.T  0061
Package Title: The 4 World Heritage site tours        
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport:By flight & Surface(4WD)

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa – Bole international Airport
    Guests will be met on arrival at   Bole International   Airport and transferred to the  reserved Hotel. After chekin to your hotel.  sightseeing of Addis the capital city of  Ethiopia , will be one an enjoying  part on your first  day.
Overnight: Hotel  Sheraton Addis  5* – Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Gondar
Morning Gusts transferred to  Bole international airport to fly to Gondar. Arrival at Gondar Airport  meet our tour managers there , after transfer to hotel for check in  , Take some rest  in your hotel then start discovering  the city of Casteless- ( Ancient African Camelot)  Gondar   after lunch late in the afternoon dive to Semien Mt National park Via Debark .
Overnight: Camp
 Meals: Full board
Day 3: Semien Mountains National park
Short Trekking in the most beautiful World heritage national park with its endemic wild life. In the evening drive back to  Gondar.
Overnight: Goha /Taye Hotel-Gondar 
Meals: Full board
Day 4:  The 8th Wonder of the world, Lalibela
Flight Gonder - Lalibela: after transfer to hotel visit the first and second group rock hewn churches.
Overnight: Mountain View  Hotel-Lalibela
 Meals: Full board
Day 5: Axum
Arrival  at Axum local airport then   Be transferred to your hotel  and take rest /relax around and lunch  in the afternoon visit the sites in Axum including the obelisks tombs , the palace of queen Sheba ,  St. Mary  church  and …
Overnight: Hotel - Axum
Meals: Full board 
Day 6: Addis – Departure Home
 Flight Axum – Addis Ababa: afternoon city tour in Addis and shopping evening cultural dinner in one of the traditional restaurant transfer to air port for departure.

7 Days / 6 Nights World Heritage Tours

Tour code: My.T.T  0062
Package Title: 5  World Heritage sites tours 
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
 Meet and Greet at Bole International Airport . After check in to hotel ,sightseeing of Addis  Ababa the capital city  of  Ethiopia  will be one  enjoying  part on your first day.
Overnight: Hotel. Meals: Dinner 

Day 02 Morning Drive to  Tiya  UNESCO world heritage site, en route   near to Tiya  stales  you will discover the most attractive rock hewn church , Known as  Addadi  Mariam ,  Melka qunture an archaeological site, dating back to over 1.5 million years old. Late in the Afternoon   drive back to Addis Ababa.
Overnight: Hotel. Meals: full board
Day 03 :  Fly Addis-  Gondar
Morning transfer  to Bole international airport to fly to Gondar. Arrival at Gondar Airport  meet our tour managers there , after transfer to hotel for check in  , Take some rest  in your hotel then start discovering  the city of Casteless- ( Ancient African Camelot)  Gondar   after lunch late in the afternoon dive to Semien Mt National park Via Debark  .  Overnight   Camping in Semien Mountans national park.
Overnight: Goha /Taye -Hotel  Meals: Full board
Day 4: Semien Mountains National park
Short Trekking in the most beautiful World heritage national park with its endemic wild life. In the evening drive back to Gondar.
Overnight: Same - Hotel – Gondar.  Meals: Full Board
Day 5: The 8th Wonder of the world, Lalibela
Flight Gonder - Lalibela: after transfer to hotel visit the first and second group rock hewn churches. 
Overnight: Mountains View hotel – Lalibela. 
Meals:  Full Board
Day 6: Axum
Flight Lalibela – Axum: Arrival Afternoon visits the sites in Axum including the obelisks tombs and the palace of queen Sheba.
Overnight: Hotel Axum
Meals: Full Board 
Day 7: Addis – Departure Home 
Flight Axum – Addis Ababa in the aftwrnoon shopping and evening cultural dinner in one of the traditional restaurant transfer to air port for departure.

13 Days / 12 Nights  UNESCO World Heritage Historical and Omo Valley Tribal Tours

Tour code: My.T.T  0063
Package Title: World Heritage sites tours & Omo Valley tribal tour 
Duration: 13 days and 12 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa.
Guests will be met on arrival at   Bole International   Airport and transferred to Sheraton Addis 5* hotel. Relax   in   your   hotel,  sightseeing of Addis the capital of  Ethiopia  will be  one of  enjoying  part on your first  day.
Overnight: Hotel  Sheraton Addis 5* – Addis Ababa.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:-Axum
Morning Gusts be transfer to Bole international to fly to Axum. Upon your arrival  at Axum local airport  gusts  welcomed by warm traditional greetings and be transferred to  hotel for check in ,After relax  , start discovering 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.
Overnight: Hotel – Axum
Meals: Full Board

Day 3:- The 8th wonder of the world, Lalibela
Today morning transfer to Axum airport to flay to the 8th wonder of the world Lalibela   . Upon arrival you will met by Myseru Tour and Travel's   Lalibela  expertise then be transferred to you hotel for check in. After some hours for relaxing and Breakfast start discovering the first group of, 13th century Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela. After  Lunch break continue visiting the 2nd and 3rd group of churches and drive some kms out of the town for attractive maintainer scenic and other   rock hewn churches.
Overnight: Hotel - Lalibela.
Meals: Full Board.

Day 4:-   Gondar
Morning be transferred to Lalibela airport and fly to Gondar where you will discover the two UNESCO, World heritage sites. After check in  to your hotel and have good break fast  start visit of the 17th c. Royal Castel Compound, the Bath of king Fasiledes, the church of Debre  Birhan Selassie  and many more attractions in Gondar.
Overnight: - Goha / Taye Hotel 
Meals: Full Board

Day 5:-   Semen Maintains National Park
After breakfast in Gondar , drive for about   2 ½ hrs in and off-the-road vehicle passing through mountainous areas with spectacular panoramas, approaching Quara, the UNESCO site National Park of the Semien Mountains to Debark  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.
Overnight: Sankaber Camp  (3,250m)
Meals: ( L D)

Day6: Semien Mountains national park –Gondar
A last morning game drive at Semien   Mountains is followed by breakfast. Today you will have short trek to explore some wild animals in Semien Mt. late in the afternoon Drive back to Gondar. Lunch will at  Gondar city .
Overnight: Goha/ Taye - Gondar
Meals: Lunch and Dinner .

Day 7: Gondar – Addis Ababa- DebreZeth  Crater Lakes Leisure time 
Today transfer to Gonder airport to fly back to Addis Ababa . YOU WIL ARRUIVE IN THE MORNING, After transferred to your hotel   spent at leisure shopping or just relaxing by the pool at your hotel. Or Based on your interest for relax,  Before lunch drive to Debrezeith set at an altitude of 1900m   located at about 47 km south of Addis on the main road, is an easily accessible popular leisure. It is known for its scenic country side, villages and farmlands panoramic views of mount Zequala  to the right and M.t Yerer to the left and  the crater lakes of Debrezeit.  Lunch will be  in  CURIFTU Resort  very uniquely with unforgettable memories. I recommend staying here for today overnight at Lake Babogaya  Lodge.
The view of the lake Babogaya is exceptional. Its surroundings are wooded and the volcano Yerer emerges behind. You can see about 50 different birds from the garden. Emperor Haile Sellasie spent secretly his weekends on the lakeside.
The climate is like throughout the year to what is found in the south of France in May.
We want to offer a relaxing and enjoyable place for all those who love nature.
Overnight: Babogaya Lodge – Debre Zeith
Meals: (L &D)

Day8:  Arba Minch
Today in the Moring visit the Give River Gorge and you will be 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: Tourist Hotel / Paradise Lodge / Swaynes Lodge.
Meals: DINNER 

Day 9: Arbamich – Konso (  UNESCO SITE) – Jinka
In the morning have good breakfast then you will head down South to Konso. Arrival at Konso, you will be able to visit  your 6th  world heritage site in Ethiopia,   a local Konso village, their terraced farm fields and totems. The Konso Cultural landscape constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment.
Driving further down into the Lower Omo Valley  past the Weito Plains, you will be able to see the  Tsemai tribe. Further on at Key Afer, you will be able to visit the Bena tribe. Arrival in Jinka late afternoon.
Overnight: Eco-Omo Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel.
Meals: Full Board

Day 10: Jinka – Mago National Park – Jinka
In the morning, you will be 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 Mursis.
Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel.
Meals: Full Board.

Day 11:- Drive Back to Arba Minch
Leisure at Arba minch ( Natural hot springs)

Day-12:  Visit Nech Sar National Park and drive back to Addis Ababa.
Overnight:  Hotel Sheraton Addis
Meals: Full Bard.

DAY 13:- Spend at leisure / shopping and have free time for gusts 
Today evening you will have very unique farewell dinner by myseru representatives at Youd Abisinaya Cultural restaurant with traditional dance of ethnic groups . transfer service for check out home.

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