The best time of year to visit Ethiopia is between October and March. There's less rainfall and the heat is less intense in the extreme north and south. However, Ethiopia's size means there are plenty of fantastic experiences available from June to September.
What is the best month to visit Ethiopia?
The country is warm and dry, with average temperatures of 22°C in most parts. January is right in the middle of peak season, so we recommend booking well in advance avoid missing out on top spots. There are a number of fantastic festivals this time of year which are well worth experiencing.
This month is considered one of the warmest with an average temperature of 24°C in most of the highland areas. Due to the dry weather, it is easy to explore the length and breadth of the country. February is prime trekking and wildlife watching season. February is typically the most popular year for tourism in Ethiopia so if you're planning on visiting in February, it's advisable to book a fair distance in advance.
March signals the end of peak season in Ethiopia and the days remain warm and dry. Trekking and wildlife watching are still great options. If you're heading south, March is a great time to see a bull jumping ceremony in Lower Omo Valley.
April marks the beginning of the off-season as rains begin to appear along common routes, although nothing too extreme and it's still well worth visiting. April is the perfect time to visit Lalibela, which attracts hundreds of pilgrims from all over the country on account of Fasika (Orthodox Easter), which represents the end of the longest fasting period in Ethiopia (55 days).
May is the beginning of the rainy season, which makes renders visit to the Lower Omo Valley challenging due to inaccessibility. Classic northern routes are still possible and the country becomes covered by beautiful blooming flowers.
Temperatures are generally low in the highlands but reach extreme highs in the Danakil (45 degrees Celsius is not uncommon). The heavy rain makes accessibility in many parts of the country very difficult. If possible, plan visits outside of these months.
Although rain often continues into September, they are less intense (especially towards the end of the month). The flowers are in full bloom and the country is lush. What's more, the colourful Meskel (the finding of the true cross) is celebrated across the country on September 27 or 28th in leap years). The Ethiopian New Year is also celebrated on 11th September.
September is a great time to visit to avoid the bigger crowds that come in October and the landscape during this time is stunning.
October marks the beginning of the high season in Ethiopia, and is often one of the most popular months. Pleasant weather and green landscapes characterise the month. Trekking in the Simien Mountains is particularly spectacular as this is the time when wildflowers are in full bloom.
This is a perfect time for visitors to national parks as you will get the chance to see plenty of wildlife. Migratory birds will also begin arriving in huge numbers. November is another great month for the Danakil Depression, as temperatures become more comfortable.
The weather is mostly dry with a clear sky in in many parts of Ethiopia. Like November, this is a great time to explore the Danakil Depression and Omo Valley as there will be little or no rain. This is an ideal month for trekking in the Bale or Simien Mountains.
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