Ethiopia in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jan–Mar)

  • Expect sunny skies and warm days.
  • Good for wildlife watching and Ethiopia’s most colourful festivals, including Timkat and Leddet.
  • Book accommodation through an agent at festival time.

Shoulder Season (Oct–Dec)

  • The country is green, skies are sunny, trekking is great and there are fewer visitors.
  • Wildflowers bloom in October and birds arrive en masse in November.
  • December is excellent for the Danakil Depression.

Low Season (Apr–Sep)

  • The rainy season in southern Ethiopia with scorching hot temperatures in the lowlands.
  • Visibility is often poor with overcast conditions and seeing wildlife is a challenge.
  • Elsewhere it's uncomfortable rather than impossible to get around