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Best time to visit Ethiopia

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The best time to visit Ethiopia is July-August

Are you looking to travel to Ethiopia and want to find out when the best times to visit are? You’re in the right place! The perfect time to visit Ethiopia is July-August due to the excellent weather conditions, and you might even find that the cost of flights and accommodation are lower than if you travel during the peak holiday seasons.

The warmest month of the year in Addis Ababa, one of the most popular travel destinations in Ethiopia, is March, where the average maximum temperature gets to around 24℃ (74℉). Temperatures can reach as high as 25℃ (78℉) on the hottest days in summer. In the winter, temperatures can get down to 5℃ (41℉) around November-time. In other areas of Ethiopia, temperatures might differ so be sure to compare other destinations below.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Ethiopia, you’re most likely to get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around January. July sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in December instead.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Ethiopia, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

April

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

January

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Ethiopia seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Ethiopia is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Ethiopia

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Addis AbabaJuly-August
22℃
8℃
23℃
10℃
24℃
11℃
23℃
12℃
23℃
12℃
23℃
12℃
20℃
12℃
19℃
11℃
20℃
9℃
21℃
8℃
21℃
7℃
21℃
8℃
LalibelaMay
20℃
9℃
21℃
10℃
21℃
11℃
22℃
11℃
23℃
12℃
25℃
13℃
23℃
14℃
22℃
12℃
22℃
10℃
21℃
8℃
20℃
8℃
19℃
8℃
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Top FAQs

Ethiopia is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Ethiopia:

The warmest month of the year in Addis Ababa, one of the most popular places to visit in Ethiopia, is April.
The driest month of the year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is usually around December each year.

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