High Season (Jan–Mar)
Expect sunny skies and warm days.
Good for wildlife watching and Ethiopia’s most colourful festivals, including Timkat and Leddet.
Book accommodation through an agent at festival time.
Shoulder Season (Oct–Dec)
The country is green, skies are sunny, trekking is great and there are fewer visitors.
Wildflowers bloom in October and birds arrive en masse in November.
December is excellent for the Danakil Depression.
Low Season (Apr–Sep)
The rainy season in southern Ethiopia with scorching hot temperatures in the lowlands.
Visibility is often poor with overcast conditions and seeing wildlife is a challenge.
Elsewhere it’s uncomfortable rather than impossible to get around