32 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

32 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip planner

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Addis Ababa
— 11 nights
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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Hawzen
— 1 night
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Axum
— 3 nights
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 11 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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 3rd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, and contemplate the long history of Adadi Maryam.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Addis Ababa, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 24 — Sep 4:

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nechisar National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dorze Village.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch road trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in September, things will get a bit warmer in Arba Minch: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jinka day trip planner.

Getting from Arba Minch to Jinka by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:
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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 8th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours and then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument and then pause for some serene contemplation at Wukro Chirkos Church.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mek'ele day trip tool.

You can fly from Jinka to Mek'ele in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hawzen trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mek'ele to Hawzen takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hawzen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, contemplate the long history of King Ezana's Inscription, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Axum online day trip planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Axum in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Lalibela

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehana Krestos Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela day trip planner.

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Gonder trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Bahir Dar

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tana, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

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.