The land of Thirteen Months of Sunshine, Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, comprises a vast highland complex of mountains and dissected plateaus, and is divided by the Great Rift Valley.
It is a land blessed with an incredible combination of peerless history, breathtaking geographical features and marvelous wildlife.
- Best time to visit:
October to June
- Recommended minimum duration:
4 nights/5 days
Culture and Heritage
There are three different ways to explore this spectacular destination. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose the right one.
Toehold Photo Travel
Our team of ace photographers will guide you on exciting journeys across the planet to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.
- Photography Tours led by award-winning professional photographers.
- Designed specifically for photography enthusiasts.
- Real-time photography guidance and off-field photography sessions during the Tour.
- Non-photographers are recommended to explore the other two travel options.
Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departures are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals.
- Group Tours led by ace naturalists.
- Optimum group sizes to balance efficiency and budget.
- A wealth of wildlife learning.
- Fun and safe group travel.
For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of Vacations destinations across the world.
- Completely customised vacations to suit all your needs.
- Flexibility of dates, class of travel and lodging based on your requirement.
- Exclusively planned for you and your family.
- Leveraging the knowledge and experience of our team of travel experts.
Does this sound like what you need? Allow us to serve your wanderlust now!
From an archaeological dating reference of 3 million-year-old fossilised hominid remains in Addis Ababa to the astonishing rock-hewn churches, hidden crypts and grottoes in Lalibela, Ethiopia takes you deep into the pages of human history.
Then the 500-year-old monastery islands of Bahir Dar, the magnificent castles of Gondar, the giant obelisks that rise out of Axum, and even the rumored home of the Ark of the Covenant. In northern Ethiopia, you can take in unforgettable views of the Blue Nile and explore the Simien Mountains to meet the Ethiopian wolf, gelada baboons and other wildlife.
In Ethiopia, you can trek more than 3000m above sea level (the Simien and Bale mountains) or visit the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression.
It is the only African country to have escaped European colonialism. It has retained much of its cultural identity and its story is one of Africa’s most mesmerizing. And unlike many other places in Africa, the ancients here have left behind some astonishing monuments.
Ethiopia is home to about 31 endemic species of mammals and over 856 species of birds. The Ethiopian wolf, the gelada baboons and other primates like the walya ibex, and many endemic, exotic birds like the bearded vulture, the tawny eagle and the thick-billed raven will mesmerise you.
When it comes to human cultures, Ethiopia has an embarrassment of riches. There are the Surmi, Afar, Mursi, Karo, Hamer, Nuer and Anuak, whose ancient customs and traditions have remained almost entirely intact. Learning about these communities and staying among them is like receiving a privileged initiation into a forgotten world. A highlight of any trip here is witnessing one of the many traditional festivals, which will remain special in your memory for a long, long time.
At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime.
Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:
How different are your Personalised Vacations from other holidays?
Unlike travel agents who plan your vacation from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Personalised Vacations offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the knowledge of experts who know the places first-hand. Besides, your holiday will be meticulously planned by making use of the best local contacts we have at every destination.
For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of the forests, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.
What are the requisites to participate in this Tour?
Apart from interest, a valid visa and related documents, and a minimum level of fitness are essential. Visa assistance will be provided.
How do you apply for the visa?
Ethiopian Visa is provided on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport or can also be applied online. Assistance in visa application will be provided once you sign up for the Tour.
Are rains predicted during the Tour?
The weather in the Ethiopian March is dry but with slight chances of raining. So please carry adequate rain protection for yourself as well as your camera equipment.
Are earlier yellow fever and polio vaccinations valid?
Yellow fever vaccination is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of administration, but polio vaccination is valid for only a year. Please check your vaccination cards to verify validity. Please note that the vaccination must be valid as on the date of your return to your country after the Tour.
Is vaccination against yellow fever and polio mandatory?
Yes; the vaccination is mandatory in many countries including India. Please talk to us for advice on how to get one.
What is the scope of services you offer as a part of a Personalized Vacation package?
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Do you rent camera equipment?
Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on Toehold Personalised Vacations