30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 8 nights
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konso
— 1 night
Drive
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Jinka
— 1 night
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly
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Afar Region
— 1 night
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Addis Ababa

— 8 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ethiopia and Asni Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Abyssinia Ballooning and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Debre Libanos (Portuguese Bridge & Debre Libanos Monastery). Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Adadi Maryam, look for gifts at Sabahar, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Addis Ababa online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Addis Ababa. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): wander the streets of Dorze Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nechisar National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in April: high temperatures in Arba Minch hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Konso.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Konso trip planner.

Getting from Arba Minch to Konso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jinka trip planner.

Drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:
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Bahir Dar

— 3 nights
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lions Art Gallery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Visiting Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours and Lake Tana will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls and pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar online holiday planner.

You can fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Gonder

— 2 nights

Camelot of Africa

A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
On the 17th (Mon), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daytime highs in Gonder are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Lalibela

— 6 nights
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Ethiopian Landscape Tour. Explore hidden gems such as Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Biete Medhane Alem. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Step off the beaten path and head to Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. Get a sense of the local culture at Queen of Sheba Palace and Chapel of the Tablet. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, don't miss a visit to King Bazen's Tomb, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum attractions planning site.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 28th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Assale and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Mek'ele journey planner.

You can drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Afar Region

— 1 night
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Afar Region trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Mek'ele to Afar Region in 4 hours. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.