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Ethiopian Odyssey

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £4,675 Current prices from: £4,675
The only African country that has never been colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual for its rich Orthodox Christian heritage, which was maintained even when all its neighbours embraced Islam in the seventh century. This journey travels through this enthralling and beautiful country, little explored by tourists, and discovers the layers of history that have shaped the land.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore the impressive Tigray & Lalibela rock-hewn churches
  • Spend 2 nights immersed in the spectacular Simien mountains scenery
  • Take a boat trip on Lake Tana & visit the Blue Nile Falls

Arniston

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2577 2272 2068 1966 1864 1864 1966 2170 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1661 1457 1254 1050 948 948 1050 1254 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 6 6 5 6 6 7 7 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 291 331 351 572 422 512 492 582 331 412 321 231
Rainy Days 7 8 9 10 11 11 11 13 10 10 8 7
Humidity E E VH H M L L M H VH VH E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1763 1661 1661 1661 1763 1864 1966

Cape Town

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 1050 846 846 846 948 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 5 6 6 7 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 321 311 432 823 1365 1897 1646 1636 964 612 402 432
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 13 14 11 9 6 6
Humidity L L L N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Cederberg Wilderness Area

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 1966 1661 1355 1355 1355 1661 1966 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 948 643 337 236 134 134 337 439 745 948
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 7 6 7 8 8 10 11 12
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 120 191 241 361 723 773 663 703 301 281 231 201
Rainy Days 2 3 4 5 7 7 8 8 6 4 3 4
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Constantia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 1050 948 846 846 948 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 5 6 6 7 8 10 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 341 351 422 1014 1576 1747 1667 1526 954 723 452 412
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 13 13 11 8 6 7
Humidity E E VH H M L M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1661 1763 1966

Durban

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2781 2679 2475 2373 2272 2373 2373 2475 2577 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1763 1457 1152 1152 1254 1559 1661 1864 2068
Sunshine hours 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1406 1255 1185 683 562 311 301 542 763 984 1165 1014
Rainy Days 16 13 12 9 6 4 4 6 10 15 16 15
Humidity M M M L N N N N N N L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M 4/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2475 2373 2272 2272 2272 2272 2475 2577

Franschhoek

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2781 2373 1966 1864 1661 1763 1966 2170 2475 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1355 1152 846 745 643 643 846 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 6 6 7 7 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 271 321 793 1416 1456 1416 1385 793 622 402 301
Rainy Days 4 4 5 8 10 10 10 10 9 7 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Graaf Reinet

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170 1864 1966 2068 2373 2577 2781 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1152 846 541 541 643 745 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 11 9 9 8 7 7 8 9 9 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 321 432 512 281 231 131 161 211 131 321 321 341
Rainy Days 5 7 8 6 4 4 3 4 4 6 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Grahamstown

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2577 2475 2272 2068 1966 2068 2272 2272 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1559 1457 1152 846 643 541 643 846 1050 1254 1355
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 622 713 77030 492 452 341 371 532 622 773 703 683
Rainy Days 9 9 9 7 5 4 4 5 7 10 10 9
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hermanus

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1966 1864 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1457 1355 1152 948 846 948 1050 1254 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 6 5 6 6 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 201 231 291 462 693 833 763 783 512 482 331 201
Rainy Days 5 5 6 8 11 11 11 12 10 8 6 7
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1661 1661 1661 1864 1966

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 2882 2679 2475 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2272 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1661 1355 1152 1152 1254 1457 1559 1457 1864
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 9 8
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 11 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1255 1195 873 562 432 281 291 392 412 984 331 934
Rainy Days 12 11 10 8 6 4 5 5 8 11 6 11
Humidity E E VH H M M M H VH VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Johannesburg

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2577 2272 2068 1763 1864 2068 2373 2475 2577 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1355 1050 643 337 337 541 948 1254 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 9 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1345 934 924 562 151 90 40 80 281 763 1124 1134
Rainy Days 14 10 11 8 3 2 1 2 3 9 13 14
Humidity L L N N N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Knysna

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2272 2272 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2170 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1457 1254 1050 948 1050 1050 1254 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 683 622 733 783 713 693 673 954 753 904 743 653
Rainy Days 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 10 11 12 10 11
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2068 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2068 2170

Kruger National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3493 3391 3290 3086 2882 2679 2679 2882 3086 3086 3290 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 2068 1763 1254 846 948 1152 1457 1763 1966 2170
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 8 9 8 9 9 9 8 9 9
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 813 622 381 301 100 60 70 90 131 422 572 823
Rainy Days 6 7 5 4 2 2 1 1 2 5 6 7
Humidity VH VH H M M L L L M M H VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Langebaan

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2882 2577 2272 1966 1864 2068 2272 2577 2781 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1661 1355 1152 1050 1254 1457 1661 1864 2068
Sunshine hours 11 11 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 60 60 90 261 392 532 492 361 271 161 120 80
Rainy Days 3 2 4 6 10 10 11 10 9 6 4 5
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Montagu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2882 2475 2170 1864 1763 1966 2170 2373 2679 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1355 1050 745 439 439 541 745 948 1254 1355
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 7 6 6 7 7 8 9 9 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 141 181 251 392 381 412 371 442 261 271 251 171
Rainy Days 5 5 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mpumalanga

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2475 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763 1763 1864 1966 2068 2272 2373
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 100 100 80 60 20 20 40 30 60 70 90 90
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Paarl

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2984 2577 2170 1966 1864 1864 2170 2475 2781 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1254 948 745 643 745 948 1457 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 11 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 171 211 261 743 1185 1335 1175 1094 161 492 291 211
Rainy Days 4 3 4 7 11 11 11 11 10 7 5 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M VH VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 9/VH 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Paternoster

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2373 2170 1966 1763 1763 1763 1864 2068 2170 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1355 1152 1050 948 948 1050 1152 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 60 40 100 201 331 452 371 381 191 120 90 70
Rainy Days 3 2 3 6 8 9 9 10 7 5 4 3
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Pilanesberg National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2882 2679 2373 2068 2170 2475 2882 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1559 1152 745 337 337 643 1152 1152 1661 1763
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1064 1014 773 522 151 90 40 30 161 572 793 1245
Rainy Days 11 9 9 5 1 1 1 1 3 7 10 12
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Plettenberg Bay

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2577 2373 2272 2068 1966 1966 1966 1966 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1559 1355 1152 948 846 846 948 1152 1355 1559
Sunshine hours 9 8 8 7 6 6 7 7 7 8 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 663 743 773 753 683 693 974 793 904 773 663
Rainy Days 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 10 10 11 10 10
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2170 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2068 2170

Port Elizabeth

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2475 2272 2170 2068 2068 2170 2272 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1763 1457 1152 846 846 948 1152 1355 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 351 392 502 522 512 492 422 582 542 552 492 341
Rainy Days 8 8 10 8 8 7 7 9 8 11 10 8
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2170 2068 1864 1864 1763 1763 1864 1966 2068

Pretoria

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2781 2475 2272 1966 2068 2272 2679 2781 2781 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1457 1152 643 337 337 541 1050 1254 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 9
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1345 753 793 552 120 90 30 60 201 753 1034 1144
Rainy Days 13 10 10 7 2 2 1 2 3 9 12 14
Humidity E E E VH H M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 5/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Stellenbosch

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2679 2373 1966 1763 1661 1763 1864 2170 2475 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1355 1050 846 745 643 643 745 948 1152 1254
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 341 291 452 803 1325 1656 1506 1566 894 653 422 442
Rainy Days 5 4 5 8 12 13 12 13 11 9 6 6
Humidity L L L N N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Swellendam

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3086 2882 2577 2272 2068 1966 2068 2272 2475 2781 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1763 1559 1254 948 643 643 745 948 1152 1457 1559
Sunshine hours 10 9 8 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 371 452 482 653 512 442 452 602 381 502 402 311
Rainy Days 6 6 7 8 9 9 10 10 9 9 7 7
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 3/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

The Drakensberg Mountains

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1966 1661 1661 1966 2170 2272 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1050 745 236 -228 -228 134 541 846 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 8 7 7 8
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1978 1697 1536 572 181 131 120 231 311 773 1205 1757
Rainy Days 18 17 16 9 4 2 2 4 6 14 16 19
Humidity E E E VH M M M H VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 4/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Winelands

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2882 2577 2170 1864 1763 1864 2068 2373 2679 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1457 1254 948 745 643 745 846 1152 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 12 11 10 8 6 6 6 7 8 9 11 12
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 251 221 351 622 1225 1486 1275 1245 723 502 321 351
Rainy Days 4 4 4 7 11 11 11 12 10 18 5 5
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864

Worcester

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 2882 2577 2170 1966 1864 1966 2170 2475 2679 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1254 846 643 541 643 846 1050 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 11 10 9 8 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 11
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 100 131 151 321 502 673 632 612 361 331 201 131
Rainy Days 4 4 5 8 10 10 10 10 9 7 6 6
Humidity E E VH H M M M M H VH E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M 3/M 4/M 6/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Discovery Group Tour in brief

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Day 1: Fly to Addis Ababa

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Addis Ababa. (N)

Day 2: Addis Ababa

Arrive in the third highest capital in the world. Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). Pre-dinner welcome drink. (L, D)

Day 3: Fly to Mekelle • Hawzien

Morning flight to Mekelle. Short tour of Mekelle, including Bete Yohannes. Drive to Hawzien. En route, visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukro Cherkos and Abraha Atsbeha. Stay overnight at the Gheralta Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Days 4-5: Axum

Morning drive to Axum. Stay 2 nights at Sabean Hotel (or similar). The next day visit the tombs of King Kaleb and Gebra Meskel, the Queen of Sheba’s swimming pool and palace, King Ezana’s Stone and the magnificent stele (obelisks). Afternoon visit to the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the Chapel of the Tablet, said to contain the Ark of the Covenant, as well as the Axum Museum. (B, L, D)

Days 6-7: Fly to Lalibela via Gondar

Fly to the world heritage site of Lalibela, via Gondar. The site features 11 rock-hewn churches. Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster of churches, including the Church of St George. Stay 2 nights at the Mezena Lodge (or similar). Morning walk the following day up to Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit the cave church Nakutelab, accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the southeast cluster of churches. (B, L, D)

Days 8-9: Fly to Gondar • Simien mountains

Fly to Gondar, located at the foot of the Simien mountains. Visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie to see its murals. Drive to the Simien Mountain Lodge (or similar) and stay for 2 nights. Evening talk on gelada monkeys, endemic to this area. Morning drive the following day to Chennek, home to the endemic walia ibex. Stop to view gelada monkeys and walk to a waterfall. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Gondar

Drive to Gondar and stay 1 night at the Mayleko Lodge (or similar). Afternoon tour of the castles of Emperor Fasiladas and the Palace of the Queen Mentuab. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Gorgora • Zege peninsula • Bahir Dar

Drive to Gorgora and visit the monastery of Debre Sina Mariam. Cross Lake Tana by boat and visit Narga Selassie. Continue to URA Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam on the Zege peninsula. Stay 2 nights at the Kuriftu Resort & Spa (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 12: Blue Nile Falls • Bahir Dar

Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat. Afternoon visit to the Bezawit Palace and the market in Bahir Dar. Optional spa treatments available. (B, L, D)

Days 13-14: Fly to London via Addis Ababa

Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Day room at the Golden Tulip Hotel. Short visit to the Mercato. Dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport. Fly to London. Arrive the next day. (B, L, D) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Morning drive to Axum. Stay 2 nights at Sabean Hotel (or similar). The next day visit the tombs of King Kaleb and Gebra Meskel, the Queen of Sheba’s swimming pool and palace, King Ezana’s Stone and the magnificent stele (obelisks). Afternoon visit to the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the Chapel of the Tablet, said to contain the Ark of the Covenant, as well as the Axum Museum. (B, L, D)

Discovery tour:

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some rougher road journeys and some basic accommodation. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the country’s cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies (please note that some churches are not open to female travellers). Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors.

Group tour manager:

This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Addis Ababa.

Festivals of Ethiopia

Some of the departures have been scheduled to coincide with Ethiopia’s most celebrated festivals listed below.
Timkat: Taking place in Bahir Dar in January, Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. The 9 January 2020 departure leaves and returns on a Thursday. The Timkat festival departure has an extra night duration of 15 days & 12 nights.
Meskel: Celebrated in Addis Ababa in September, Meskel commemorates the finding of the true cross by Queen Helena. The 16 September 2020 departure includes time to enjoy this festival.
Hidar Tsion: Celebrated in Axum in November, Hidar Tsion is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and is a joyous annual pilgrimage. The 26 November 2020 departure is timed to coincide with this celebration.

Single supplement

From £640pp.

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery group tour accommodation

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Dates & prices

ETH2020

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
9 Jan 2020 - 22 Jan 2020 £3,795 £0 £640 Sold Out
7 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020 £3,425 £0 £640 Tour Cancelled
20 Mar 2020 - 2 Apr 2020 £3,625 £0 £640 Tour closed – on request
16 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020 £3,475 £0 £640 Tour Cancelled
11 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 £3,425 £0 £640 Reserve
26 Nov 2020 - 9 Dec 2020 £3,425 £0 £640 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 3-star accommodation
    • Average group size - 10 people (max 18)
    • Direct international and internal flights
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 11 breakfasts, 12 lunch, 12 dinners
    • Welcome drink to meet the group and guide
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Special festival departures, including Timkat

Destinations on this tour

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