Best Time to Visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia is best explored between October and March, with the rainy season typically falling between June and late September in the north, and March to June in the south. Temperatures aren’t as hot as you might expect, with most highland destinations seeing highs of up to 28˚C, although the climate is cooler in the Simien and Bale Mountains.

For an unforgettable, spiritual experience, plan your Ethiopian adventure around Timkat, an Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of Epiphany, usually held on the 19th January (20th January in a leap year) corresponding to the 11th day of Terr in the Ethiopian calendar. Pilgrims plunge into waterfronts across the country, including Gondar’s Fasilidas pool, celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. The best places to join in the festivities are Lalibela, Gondar or Addis Ababa, but celebrations are held across the country.

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Climate guide for Ethiopia

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia 21°C 0mm 22°C 70mm 23°C 71mm 23°C 131mm 0°C 0mm 0°C 0mm 0°C 0mm 21°C 97mm 22°C 119mm 19°C 10mm 20°C 12mm 19°C 2mm
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