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Ethiopia : When and where to go?
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Ethiopia: Climate & Weather
The climate can generally be described as temperate, especially in the large central plateau region.
13°C - 55°F
Addis Ababa, updated 03:00 GMT
What to do in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a fairly poor country with a tourist potential that is just about ignored, it is a charming country in many ways with varied landscapes and hospitable people despite their abject poverty.
The capital, Addis Ababa, is large and has some must-see places: The Ethnological Museum, the National Museum which houses famous "Lucy", the stained glass of the Giorgis cathedral, the vast and cosmopolitan market which seems to sell everything, these are just some of the main attractions.
The Simien National Park offers hiking fans beautiful landscapes inhabited by all kind of animals including baboons, jackals, and bearded vultures. The area is watered by rivers flowing into the green grasslands: You can book several days to explore this fascinating area on foot or by mule from Debark, north of Gondar.
The surrounding areas of Bahar Dar are also worth a visit: The small islands of Tana Lake with their secular monasteries and the Tissisat Falls, 400 m wide, are especially beautiful between October and December.
Finally, the seven lakes of the Rift Valley offer you an opportunity to discover a beautiful and fertile valley with a rich and varied wildlife, especially regarding birds and crocodiles, and there is the thermal springs of Wondo Genet where you can take a pleasant swim.
Ethiopia : The basics
By air is the easiest way to travel to Ethiopia with Ethiopia Airlines.
A visa is required.
The currency in circulation is the Birr.
Thirty Euros per day will enable you to eat well and stay in reasonable lodgings. Take into account there is high quality coffee here, Ethiopian coffee plantations are the oldest in the world.
Regarding health, you will need a yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. It is also advisable to keep normal vaccines up to date and add those for typhoid, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Protect yourself against mosquitoes and do not drink tap water.
For your safety, do not drive along the Eritrea border, and choose a stay organized by recognized professional tourism companies.
To travel within the country, Ethiopia Airlines offers many internal flights for reasonable prices, and the main cities are served by buses that charge relatively inexpensive fares. Renting a 4 wheel drive car is expensive but it is a good way to discover the country.
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