Land of the Queen of Sheba, it boasts 13th century cave churches at Lalibela, medieval castles and churches at Gondar and what is believed to be the biblical Ark of the Covenant in Axum. Ethiopia is also the source of the Blue Nile with beautiful falls that create steam clouds and rainbows, known locally as Tis Issat, meaning “Smoking Water”. An Ethiopian holiday with A&K provides privileged access to the people and places that make this country special.
Visit Axum, Ethiopia’s most ancient city. Discover tunnels and caves of ancient rock-hewn churches at Lalibela. Trek the Simien Mountains. See painted monasteries and ancient mountain castles. Immerse yourself in the local culture with a traditional coffee ceremony in a private home. Explore what was once the Queen of Sheba’s palace. View the Blue Nile Falls and cruise Lake Tana. Visit Gondar, known as “the Camelot of Africa”.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
January: The three-day Timket or feast of the Epiphany is one of the biggest festivals of the year.
September: The two-day Meskal celebrates the Finding of the True Cross with bonfires, music, dance and priests in full ceremonial regalia.
Weatherwise: The best time to travel to Ethiopia is from October-April, although after the rains from June to October, the countryside is very green and full of wild flowers in September and early October.
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