56 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

56 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Goba
— 3 nights
Fly to Awasa, Drive to Arba Minch
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Arba Minch
— 3 nights
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Jinka
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
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Axum
— 6 nights
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Hawzen
— 2 nights
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Mek'ele
— 4 nights
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Harar
— 3 nights
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Addis Ababa
— 18 nights
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Goba

— 3 nights
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Step out of Goba with an excursion to Sof Omar Cave in Bale Mountains National Park--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Goba trip itinerary maker app.

Nairobi, Kenya to Goba is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from Arba Minch to Konso to see Konso Cultural Centre about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Arba Minch trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Goba to Arba Minch takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Jinka

— 2 nights
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 13th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Jinka trip builder app.

You can drive from Arba Minch to Jinka in 4 hours. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:
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Bahir Dar

— 5 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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tana, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, and make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bahir Dar online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Bahir Dar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:

Gonder

— 3 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 21st (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuskuam Church, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Gonder travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela vacation planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:

Axum

— 6 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Step out of Axum with an excursion to Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat--about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription, and stroll around Ezana Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Axum trip planning website.

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 3:

Hawzen

— 2 nights
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Abraha Atsbeha.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hawzen route planner.

Getting from Axum to Hawzen by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Mek'ele

— 4 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Explore Mek'ele's surroundings by going to Wukro (Wukro Museum & Wukro Chirkos Church). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours, browse the exhibits of Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mek'ele online tour planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Mek'ele in 2 hours. In September in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Harar.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Harar

— 3 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Harar is known for museums and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall, browse the exhibits of Harar Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Harar visit planner.

Getting from Mek'ele to Harar by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mek'ele in September; daily highs in Harar reach 38°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Addis Ababa

— 18 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.
Step out of Addis Ababa with an excursion to Debre Libanos Monastery in Debre Libanos--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 13th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 19th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Harar to Addis Ababa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Harar in September, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 30:

Ethiopia travel guide

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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.