Finding a trip that's right for you

The scope of experiences on offer in Ethiopia cannot be understated. A few clicks of online research and you'll soon become familiar with the classic routes, but dig deeper and you'll find a world of extraordinary possibilities. When it comes to unlocking the potential in Ethiopia, nobody can match our experience, connections, and ability to design truly remarkable adventures

This page is designed to help you understand which kind of trip is right for you, as well as highlight some of what we believe are the most exciting destinations in the country

What's on offer in Ethiopia?

4 types of adventure

1. Classic routes & services

The mainstay of Ethiopia travel. With the exception of a few remote regions and camps, tailor-made adventures of this kind can cover the length and breadth of the country. Accommodation options can range from budget hotel to luxury lodges, and all aspects of these trips can be tailored to you. 

Transport: road transport by minibus or 4WD where appropriate, air travel by commercial domestic flights.

Guides: local guides only.

Accommodation: budget to luxury lodges, certain exclusive camps N/A.

Price bracket: 3000-3500 USD per person for a 2 week trip, based on 2 people travelling together.

What's on offer in Ethiopia?

Classic Routes & Services

Below you'll find examples of multi-week adventures in Ethiopia based on the classic routes and services. These trips are a synthesis of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, flora and fauna, ancient architecture, historical monuments and profound cultural experiences. These trips are our most popular adventures.

2. Classic routes with professional guiding

Part of what makes Ethiopia so special is its long list of incredible historical and cultural sites. If you are someone who values accurate, quality guiding when you travel, you can choose to travel with a professional, English speaking escort guide. 

Transport: road transport by minibus or 4WD where appropriate, air travel by commercial domestic flights.

Guides: professional escort guide, professional birding guide for birders

Accommodation: budget to luxury lodges, certain exclusive camps N/A.

Price bracket: 4000-4500 USD per person for a 2 week trip, based on 2 people travelling together.

What's on offer in Ethiopia?

Why choose a professional escort guide?

The Ethiopian Government requires visitors to use local guides employed by Local Guide Associations when visiting historical sites and national parks. Therefore, most itineraries will include a combination of local guides, one for each of the destinations visited. 

The local guides are generally enthusiastic and welcoming. While some will speak English (and often other languages) very well, others will only have a basic ability, which can hinder communication. Sometimes, they might have a limited education with an understanding of local history that seldom exceeds the basic. What they will know extremely well are the local myths and legends. These will often be entwined with accepted ‘fact’ until the join is difficult to see, which can be annoying if you value detail and the objective record. It can be fun if you take it in context.

Over the years, with our our local partners, we have developed a little black book of the best local guides and so use these whenever we can, but it is worth mentioning that some of the negative traits (to some) are shared by the best. Sometimes in peak seasons it is hard to secure favoured guides, or they will be randomly allocated and we can’t get those we know. 

So, if you value informative and charming guides, able to both make a trip run seamlessly in a tricky country, whilst also leading you through the labyrinth of Ethiopian history, we suggest you invest in an escort guide who will accompany you throughout your tour. Whilst these guides do vary from operator to operator, generally they are professional guides with years of experience who have often studied their subjects of interest like archaeology, history, or wildlife to an advanced level. They know when to give you space; they know just when to appear. In our opinion, a great guide is the difference between a good trip and a brilliant trip.

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3. Classic routes with premium services

These trips typically stick to the core destinations, but with an enhanced level of service. The quality of guides cannot be compared to the classic setups, and the emphasis here is on filling your adventure with special, magical moments that will stay with you forever. All aspects of the trip are tailored to you, and the partners we work with here are committed to quality, premium service in an otherwise semi-chaotic tourism destination. 

Transport: road transport by minibus or 4WD where appropriate, air travel by charter aircraft or commercial domestic flights where appropriate

Guides: professional escort guide, professional birding guide for birders

Accommodation: Luxury lodges & hotels, access to exclusive camps

Price bracket: 9000-15000 USD per person for a 2 week trip, based on 2 people travelling together.

Premium Services & Exclusive Camps

Luxury in Ethiopia is exclusive access to the country's most remarkable destinations. Specialist guides and travel by charter aircraft means you can craft bespoke itineraries that blend Ethiopia's most exceptional experiences into one, seamless adventure.

4. Exploring the Frontiers of Ethiopia

The upper echelon of Ethiopian exploration. Charter aircraft takes you into otherwise inaccessible regions of the country like Gambella National Park. In the Omo Valley, accommodation is in exclusive tented camps offering a completely different experience in the Omo than the typical, often run-down, lodge stays. Fly camps in the Bale Mountains and highlands in the south offer exclusivity that can't be found anywhere else in the country. Fly into the danakil desert by helicopter and drop in to explore the volcanoes, before returning to the skies to your onward journey, wherever it may lead...

Transport: road transport by minibus or 4WD where appropriate, air travel by commercial domestic flights.

Guides: professional escort guide, professional birding guide for birders

Accommodation: budget to luxury lodges, certain exclusive camps N/A.

Price bracket: 20,000 - 30,000 USD per person for a 2 week trip, based on 2 people travelling together. For Helicopter flyovers in the Danakil and beyond, prices extend to 80k per person. 

Frontier Adventures in Ethiopia

Travel to the furthest corners of Ethiopia by charter flight or private helicopter, camp overnight in luxury lodges or private tented camps that offer exclusive access into the most exciting regions of Ethiopia.

What to include in an itinerary?

Jagged peaks in the Simien Mountains, towering limestone cliffs in Tigray, thick jungle thickets in the Bale Mountains, neon acid springs of cinder cone volcanoes in the Danakil Depression. Combined with Ethiopia's cultural diversity and historic monuments, the possibilities for adventure are endless. 

Our aim is to help travellers explore much more of Ethiopia's attractions than the churches for which it is so rightly famous. We want people to consider the whole picture, to stab a finger at the furthest corner of the map and ask - what can I do there?

What's on offer in Ethiopia?

Natural Beauty, Trekking & Wildlife

Historical & Cultural Sites of Ethiopia

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