WHEN TO GO
Categorised by highlands in the north and lower lying regions in the south, Ethiopia’s climate is predominantly tropical monsoon.
Dry seasons from September to February, light rains from April to May and wet season from June to August.
LOCAL INSIDER TIP
Try Kitfo, an Ethiopian delicacy of ground raw beef. Reserved for special occasions, the best cut of meat is hand-minced and mixed with butter and spices. For the less adventurous, order your Kitfo heated and cooked. Visit Yohannes, a restaurant serving only Kitfo, touted as one of the best in Addis Ababa.
LANDSCAPES, NATURE, WILDLIFE
Natural beauty abound with lakes and waterfalls contrasted by mountain ridges and arid desert landscapes that stretch miles beyond the eye can see. Be surprised by fertile and green lowlands in the west made lush by long rains during the wet season. For wildlife lovers, Ethiopia offers the opportunity to sight the endangered Simien Fox and other endemic mammals such as the Gelada Baboons and Walia Ibex.
HISTORIES AND TRADITIONS
Legends and historical anecdotes dating back centuries unfolding itself through historical and religious sites dotted all over Ethiopia. Being one of the oldest civilisations in the world in addition to maintaining its independence during the ‘Scramble of Africa’ has been essential in retaining its cultural traditions and identity. Revel in tales of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the stolen Ark of Covenant and mysterious obelisks.
CULTURE, PEOPLE AND FOOD
Home to a diverse group of ethnicities have resulted in multifaceted flavours and textures, enjoyable for the adventurous though perhaps disconcerting at times for the conservative palate. The harmonious use of spices and fresh ingredients are the basis of all Ethiopian dishes. Stews, salads and sauces are served side-by-side on a large communal plate and mopped up with the national staple, Injera (a flat and spongy pancake). Further immerse in local culture by partaking in the many festivals, age-old ceremonies and celebratory events taking place within local communities or religious sites.