When To Visit Ethiopia For Safari Holidays

When is the best time to visit Ethiopia for African holiday safaris?  
Ethiopia as compared to other Eastern Africa safari holiday destination is more of a cultural and historical travel destination than a wildlife safari destination. However this is not to say there are no wild animals in Ethiopia, as a matter of a fact it has specials such as the Ethiopia wolf, the Mountain Nyala, Semien fox, Gelada monkeys, and Walia ibex.  It’s also emerging as a top bird watching destination in Africa.

Ethiopia, like many other African countries is an all year round travel destination. From a tourist perspective, the best time to travel or visit Ethiopia, largely depends on compelling reasons why you wish to visit this destination. In most cases it normally boils down to questions such as;

  • Your interests such as historical, cultural events, wildlife and birds etc
  • Holiday safari activities – photography, walking and trekking;
  • Your bucket-list of holiday destinations in Ethiopia you want to visit,

As stated above, Ethiopia can be visited at any time of the year, however we advice guests not to make plans to visit Ethiopia during the wet season between the months of June and October, because the rains can deter movement and holiday activities. If you plan to visit Ethiopia for hiking and trekking in Simiens and Bale Mountains, please avoid the rainy season, trekking conditions are in their worst conditions, visibility is obscured by fog and thick clouds.

Which is the best time to visit to Ethiopia, according to local destination experts?
Well, nearly all local destination expert’s in Ethiopia concur with the view that Ethiopia is best visited during the onset of the dry spell between the months of October and January. Many of the Ethiopian cultural events and festivals calendar falls between this season and include; Ethiopian New Year (September), Timkat (January) and Maskal (September).The dry spell is viewed by local destination experts as the peak tourism season in Ethiopia.  Some local destination experts in Ethiopia are of the view that both the dry and wet seasons are ideal for visiting Ethiopia – each with its own merits and demerits.  In particular the wet season, is the low season for tourism in Ethiopia, which means that there are not many tourists flocking all the popular holiday destinations in Ethiopia.  Also during the rainy seasons the grounds that had been baked bear by the scorching sun are transformed to breathe taking sceneries with green and blossoming flowers all over.

Depending on which part of the Ethiopia you are visiting, it’s advisable to park warm and heavy clothes and at the same time very light clothing. Ethiopia exhibits varying climatic conditions, it could be very hot in the day and freezing cold during the night.