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Traveler Guide to Seasons & Weather in Ethiopia

Dry Season in Ethiopia

The dry season in Ethiopia, which lasts from mid-October through January, is the best time to visit. The rains have ceased, but left the countryside green, and the local wildlife is supplemented by migrating birds from the north.
This is peak tourist season, so plan ahead, but a wonderful time to attend the Timkat celebrations in Lalibela and Gondar in mid-January.
Average Temperature °C = 18°C Average Temperature °F = 65°F

Late Rainy Season in Ethiopia

The rains begin to let up during the late rainy season of September to early October. The countryside is at its greenest, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in local festivals, such as Meskel, which is celebrated in late September.
Average Temperature °C = 19°C Average Temperature °F = 66°F

Rainy Season in Ethiopia

The rainy season in Ethiopia starts in June, with peak precipitation in July and August in the central and northern highlands, especially in the highland towns of Gondar, Lalibela and Addis Ababa.
The season also brings in cooler temperatures, greener scenery and fewer travelers with whom to contend. Roads have also improved in recent years, making them less treacherous in wet weather.
Average Temperature °C = 19°C Average Temperature °F = 67°F

Late Dry Season in Ethiopia

The late dry season runs from February to May, but if you’re visiting in February or March, you’ll still be able to see abundant wildlife and local and migratory birds.
Average Temperature °C = 21°C Average Temperature °F = 69°F