Ethiopia is teeming with ancient history, culture, and beauty that will leave you dazzled. Archaeological finds here date back to more than 4 million years old, placing the emergence of Homo Sapiens here in Ethiopia. Lucy, the most famous hominid, was discovered in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia. According to tradition, the Ethiopian monarchy was founded by the Solomonic dynasty of the Queen of Sheba around 100 AD under her son Menelik I. This royal family ruled until the deposition of Haile Selassie I in 1974. In 301 AD, Ethiopia became the second country in the world to officially adopt Christianity. There are many beautiful rock-hewn Christian churches dating from these times. The rich, ancient history of Ethiopia is evident wherever you go. The country also has the largest continuous mountain range in Africa and has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. We encourage you to take a vacation to Ethiopia to experience the extraordinary natural beauty and the remarkable ancient civilizations of Ethiopia.
In Addis Ababa, you can see the National Museum of Ethiopia where the Lucy skeleton is located, along with many other fossils and archaeological finds. You can also take part in a traditional coffee ceremony or visit the bustling Addis Mercato. Bale Mountains National Park and Simien Mountains National Park both have great hiking and horseback riding if you are looking to explore the natural landscape. If you want to experience the ancient history of Ethiopia, then head to Lalibela where the rock-hewn churches were built in the 12th and 13th centuries. Further north, you can visit the ancient city of Aksum, the original capital of the Ethiopian empire and the site of enormous obelisks and underground tombs.
The best time to visit Ethiopia is generally from October to February, when the climate is dry and sunny. However, nighttime temperatures can drop quickly, so it’s important to pack layers. The wet season lasts from June to September, so it is best to avoid this time. One of the best ways to see Ethiopia is by taking a road trip to the many different parts of the country. You can hire a tour or a guide to take you around. There is so much to see in just one trip!
Traveling to Ethiopia is such an exciting adventure. However, before you start planning you need to do your research about important matters, such as visa and vaccination requirements. For vaccinations, make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations as well as Hepatitis, Yellow Fever, and Typhoid; these diseases are quite rare in Ethiopia but can be very dangerous if contracted. You can make an appointment at a travel clinic and they will have all the information you need to know. As for the visa requirements, your passport needs to be for at least 6 months from the date you will enter Ethiopia and you will need a tourist visa. The process is quite simple and can be done online. The cost is around $50 for 30 days. Some countries are allowed to receive a visa on-arrival, but you will need to show a valid residence document. Visit the Ethiopian government website for more information.