Why Ethiopia is the New Happening Travel Destination for the Arab World?
Known as the ‘Roof of Africa,’ Ethiopia offers some diverse sights – from churches carved out of stone to stunning attractions, lush mountain views, and wildlife such as the rare Ethiopian wolf. Sounds tempting? We thought so.
With astonishing and eye-popping landscapes, Ethiopia is a perfect mix of adventure, history, nature, culture, and gastronomy and it is simply superb and unreal. From Lake Tana and the Blue Nile to the red-rock Gheralta Mountains, the arid Danakil Desert, and the lush Omo Valley, the landscapes in Ethiopia are brilliant and incredibly varied, and they look like they’ve leaped off a National Geographic magazine page.
Off-late the quiet country is catching up with Middle East tourists. Here’s Why?
- It’s just few hours away from the major cities in Arab World.
- Flight Duration from Dubai: 04h 15m
- Flying time from Kuwait: 03h 45m
- Flight Duration from Cairo: 03h 55m
- Flying time from Dammam: 04h 20m
- Affordable as currency has high conversion ratio
- 1 KWD = Approx. 91.72 Ethiopian Birr
- 1 AED = Approx. 7.52 Ethiopian Birr
- 1 EGP = Approx. 1.57 Ethiopian Birr
- 1 SAR = Approx. 7.37 Ethiopian Birr
- Beautiful sights and hosts of diverse things to do for families, friends, etc
- Visa on arrival for Kuwait citizens.
- Halal-friendly destinations
Top Places & Things to do in Ethiopia
The rock-hewn monuments of Lalibela are the most extraordinary man-made monuments in sub-Saharan Africa. The monuments have no blocks, no bricks, and no evidence of joints also. Instead, the rocks carved out of single solid chunks of pink volcanic rocks that underlay the region’s hillsides.
Get Mystical in Lake Tana
Roam through the 30 monasteries on the islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana, the birthplace of the Blue Nile.
Trek the Semien Mountains
Spend four to five days trekking in the Semien Mountains to spot the endemic Gelada Baboon and the endangered Walia Ibex, and be spellbound by the amazing views.
Take a Day-Trip to Wenchi Crater Lake
Ride on horseback to the Wenchi Crater Lake and hop on a boat to see the old monastery on the island.
Ride through Bale National Park
Spend four days horseback riding and camping through Bale National Park, where you can spot waterfalls and the rare Ethiopian Wolf.
Go For a Swim in Langano
After completion of all the adventures, then go for a swim at Lake Langano or soak up in the sun.
Tip: Take a boat trip to spot some hippos and crocodiles.
Visit Omo National Park
Omo National Park – It has long been one of the most remote parks in Ethiopia and traveling here can be incredibly tough as it is surrounded by mountains. But getting to the park has just got a whole lot easier – with two new bridges over the Omo River.
Get ready to spectate the most breathtaking vistas of Blue Nile Falls
Also known as Tis Issat, Blue Nile Falls are considered one of Ethiopia’s best-known tourist attractions. This is a must visit place for all photography lovers to take a beautiful selfie with Africa’s’ largest waterfall, and it’s a lifetime opportunity! The best time to visit the Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia is August and September.
Best Time to Visit Ethiopia:
With the average temperature below 20°C, Ethiopia enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. Generally, the best time to visit Ethiopia is – between October and June.
- Pack some warm clothes.
- If you’d like to visit during a festival, Ethiopia hosts some jubilant celebrations – from the Timkat festival in January, celebrated by Orthodox Christians to the Hidar Tsion; a pilgrimage to Axum by Ethiopians from all over the country.
From 5 star hotels to resorts to budget hotel accommodation, there is a lot to choose from for stay in Ethiopia.
- Hilton Addis Ababa
- Capital Hotel & Spa
- Jupiter International Hotel Bole
- Bole Ambassador
- Jupiter International Hotel Cazanchis
Getting Around Ethiopia:
Ethiopia is an extremely mountainous country and many of its major attractions lay on the central plateau. So, getting anywhere in the country can be a challenging task on its less-than-desirable roads or unpaved mountain dirt tracks.
While the government is building new roads at lightning speed, still many of its roads remain in terrible conditions. So it’s better to wander on bicycle across a city/town in Ethiopia. The easiest and comfortable way to get around Ethiopia (Entire country) is by flight. Ethiopian Airlines connects all the airports of the country.
How to Reach?
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is a primary hub in Africa, and the national carrier of Ethiopia (Ethiopian Airlines) flies direct from many major destinations around the world. The other airlines that travel to Ethiopia are:
Why You Should Visit this Beautiful African Country?
Ethiopia is truly unique – historically, culturally, and scenically. And it is an extremely mountainous country and boasts highlands rather than the vast savannahs that are often associated with Africa.
A Quick Look into Key Facts:
Capital: Addis Ababa
Official language: Amharic but English is widely spoken and understood
A passport valid for six months is required by all nationals. The payment fee for Ethiopian e-Visa is as follows:
- For single entry with validity up to 30 days, the fee is USD 52.
- For single entry with validity up to 90 days, the fee is USD 72.
Note: Kuwait residents can travel to Ethiopia with Visa on arrival facility.