Ethiopia

Discover a mysterious, diverse country with a rich history, fascinating traditions, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes.

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”.

When to Go

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.

Featured Ethiopia Journeys

Group of 1816 days, from AU$13,995
Tribes & Traditions of Ethiopia - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

An incredibly diverse country, Ethiopia is rugged and mysterious. Pack a sense of adventure on this exclusive journey which combines the rich history, culture and landscapes of the north with the tribal heritage in the south.

Group16 days, from AU$13,995
Private11 days, from AU$10,335
Ethiopia: The Historic Route

This little visited destination — source of the Blue Nile — offers a spectacular adventure for the intrepid traveller.

Private11 days, from AU$10,335
Group of 1811 days, from AU$12,125
Ethiopia: Historic Route & Simien Mountains - A Marco Polo Journey

​Reveal the secrets of this enchanting country as you discover the source of the Blue Nile, examine the Lucy skeleton, spot the Simien Mountains' gelada baboons and explore rock-hewn churches such as Bet Giyorgis (the Church of St. George).

Group11 days, from AU$12,125

Featured Accommodation

Mezena Lodge

​Situated on the eastern side of the city of Lalibela in extensive grounds, Mezena Lodge opened in late 2017.

Mayleko Lodge

​Located 15km from the famous ancient castles of Gondar the lodge has 20 well-appointed but simple traditional stone bungalows each with a private veranda overlooking the mountain or gardens.

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