A diverse country packed full of history, scenery and some of the lesser-known animal wonders on the African continent, here’s why we believe you should head to Ethiopia right now...
Africa has long been known for its incredible diversity of wildlife, making it a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts. However, one country which has often been overlooked within the African continent is Ethiopia, which is finally emerging as a top pick for wildlife lovers. The country boasts some of the rarest animals on the continent, many of which are only found here. We believe Ethiopia is Africa’s hottest new destination for wildlife enthusiasts and here's why…
When To Go To Ethiopia
The climate in Ethiopia varies depending on elevation. The capital Addis Ababa stays quite cool throughout the year, with daily high average temperatures rarely exceeding 20C. Harar is much warmer and drier. If you are planning to visit the Omo Region in the south, be prepared for very hot temperatures.
The Dry Season - October to March
In October, the temperatures start to rise. The weather is usually sunny and dry.
This is the time of year when most visitors choose to come to Ethiopia and hence can be classified as its 'peak season'.
There is some rainy weather, although this is usually nothing more than the odd light shower.
The Short Rainy Season - April and May
Short and moderate rainfall occurs during these months, but are not heavy or consistent enough to spoil a visit.
Whilst it is quite cloudy at this time of year, visitors can usually enjoy at least a couple of hours of sunshine each day. The rains do however affect the roads and that may make your travel difficult.
The Rainy Season - June to October
Heavy rain falls in June, July and August considered the Kiremt or Meher (Summer). If you're doing the "northern circuit" and covering Ethiopia's historical route, most of the rainfall tends to come during June, July, August and September. It rains pretty well every day, some is drizzle but much is heavy tropical rain and the roads get very muddy. July and August are very wet in Addis Ababa and in the Ethiopian highlands.