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Ethiopia’s Traveller’s Tips

When to travel to Ethiopia | Best Travel Time

The rainy season in Ethiopia is between June and September. Some national parks and excursion destinations cannot be visited during this time, as the rain can cause landslides or the high water levels simply make it too dangerous.

November, December, January and February count among the busiest months.

I was in Ethiopia in March and found the temperatures super pleasant. Besides, I didn’t meet many tourists.

However, avoid holidays like Easter, as Ethiopians themselves are on holiday and buses and flights are quickly booked up.

Trip Length

The longer the better. In two weeks you can get a good first impression of Ethiopia and visit the classical, historical route in the north and also the Danakil depression.

Money in Ethiopia

Currency

The national currency in Ethiopia is the Birr – abbreviated B or ETB.

1€ equals (August 2018) approx. 31 Birr.So 100 Birr are approx. 3€.

You will hardly see any coins because they have such a little value. Banknotes are available in 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Birr.

Many of the banknotes are very worn out and have an unpleasant inherent smell.

In Ethiopia, almost everything is paid in cash or by cheque.

Paying in Ethiopia

Bring enough cash to Ethiopia, as ATM and credit cards are officially accepted in hotels and travel agencies, but the machines were out of order all the time. For my trip I had 350€ in cash with me, but I would advise to take 500€ and then change it in Addis Ababa at the airport. In addition, you can get a maximum of 4000-6000 Birr (approx. 120-180€) per transaction at the ATMs – choose the option credit card (even if it is an ATM card). The withdrawal charge is approx. 2.50€.

Be sure to disable GEOcontrol before you travel, otherwise, you run the risk of your card being blocked.

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