Luxury Holidays to Ethiopia


Sat at the crossroads between East Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopia is located within a peninsula known as the Horn of Africa. From the highlands of the Simien and Bale Mountains to the churches of Lalibela and the unique wildlife found roaming epic landscapes, an Ethiopia holiday has something for everyone.

As the only African country to escape European colonization, it offers a fascinating insight into the continent’s history, while Middle Eastern influences run throughout its culture and food. Travelling to Ethiopia is ideal for intrepid adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history lovers alike, and with Lightfoot Travel the itinerary is customized to every need.

Tour ideas

Ethiopia has much to offer wildlife lovers. The rare Ethiopian wolf lives in the Bale Mountains, while gelada baboons can only be seen in the Simien Mountains. Wild hyenas prowl in Harar, and the birdlife here is among the most diverse on the continent.

For culture and history lovers, the capital of Addis Ababa provides a melting pot of influences. You’ll find a rich variety of foods, entertainment and art, with plenty to see and do. Take in the sights of monuments and museums, go shopping, and get to know the friendly locals.

In Northern Ethiopia, discover the city of Bahir Dar. Here, you can enjoy the history and art of monasteries, churches and galleries, or the breathtaking sights of the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, and more.

In Southern Ethiopia, travel through the Great Rift Valley, glimpsing at African wildlife, before relaxing in the resort city of Hawassa. Or venture into South Omo, where you will discover ancient traditions from a variety of ethnic groups.

Things to do

The human story began in Ethiopia over 3.2 million years ago with Lucy, our oldest ancestor. Here, you can witness the ancient customs and traditions of Omo Valley tribes such as the Surmi, Afar, Anack, Mursi, Karo, Hamer and Nuer, stretching back to ancient times.

Alternatively, delve into the breathtaking nature of the country by exploring the Simien Mountains National Park. Hike up the mountain peaks to take in the incredible views, trek through dry desert land or skirt vast lakes and high plateaus. Wildlife lovers can go in search of the rare Ethiopian wolf or watch the graceful walia ibex cling to the rocky cliffs.

After your adventures, relax in one of the many charming cities the country has to offer, learning their history through museum visits, sightseeing, and strolling through vibrant markets.

Places to visit

As one of Africa’s earliest Christian countries, Ethiopia is blessed with medieval monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites all waiting to be discovered, from the obelisks of Axum to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the monasteries of Lake Tana. Wander the 368 alleyways of Harar, among mosques, markets and crumbling walls, and feast on the national dish, injera, feeding your mind and your soul with Ethiopia's distinct mix of flavours- something to satisfy every taste.

In the city of Addis Ababa, visit the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. This is the largest Oriental Orthodox Church and is one of the few Christian churches in sub-Saharan Africa that pre-dates the European colonization of the continent.

With Lightfoot Travel, enjoy a tailor-made itinerary for a luxury holiday that includes everything Ethiopia has to offer. Enquire today, or browse below for more inspiration.

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Country’s Info
  • Capital: Addis Ababa
  • When to go: All year
  • Currency: Ethiopian birr
  • Language: Amharic
  • Time Zone: GMT+3
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