Ethiopia Family Safaris, Locations, Accomodation & Travel Itineraries
Why Ethiopia for a Safari?
Ethiopia Family Safari Itineraries
Most trips to Ethiopia start and end in its capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is vast and with poor road infrastructure, so the most efficient way to get around is by flying. A connecting flight to cities like Gondar (for Simien Mountains National Park) or Awasa (for Bale Mountains National Park) is a better option than via road. If you do drive, it is recommended you get there by 4x4 vehicle with a guide.
The stunning landscapes, rare wildlife and fascinating cultures of Ethiopia can be easily combined for family safaris with countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Imagine spotting Big Five on the vast plains of the Masai Mara, gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and meeting indigenous tribes of Ethiopia's Omo Valley all in one safari. Or taking your family to the Simien Mountains to spot endemic wildlife and then visit Lalibela's medieval monolithic churches in Ethiopia, before heading to Tanzania for a traditional big game Serengeti safari. Whichever destinations in and outside of Ethiopia are on your radar, contact us and we'll guide you through every step of putting together a seamless safari for your family.
Ethiopia Safari Accommodation options
Ethiopia's camps and safari lodges range from relatively basic, to a modest selection of luxury accommodation options.
In Addis Ababa and other major tourist centres, there is an increasing number of high-end stayovers which include mid-to-high-end international hotel chains as well as private family villas. Scarce, however, in Ethiopia are smaller, boutique hotels and lodges.
Top family-safari destinations in Ethiopia
The Omo Valley
To experience Ethiopia's enchanting cultures, nowhere is better than the beautiful Omo Valley. In this land of verdant valleys, perennial rivers and Great Rift Valley lakes, guests can make connections with southern Ethiopia's indigenous people. Witness and participate in ancient customs like body painting and tribal dancing, and even spend a memorable night camping in a traditional Mursi village...
In the far north of Ethiopia is the dramatic highland landscape of the Simien Mountains, recognised as a World Heritage Site since 1978. This is a mystical world of primaeval forests, misty peaks and endemic wildlife such as Walia ibex and Gelada baboon. Simien's unique rock formations make it a hiker’s nirvana and multi-day treks along these breathtaking escarpments are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the region.
With alpine lakes, forests, moorlands, waterfalls and wildflowers, the Bale Mountains National Park is a place of unimaginable beauty. Of the twenty animals endemic to Ethiopia, five mammals can only be found here. Crucially, it is home to over half the remaining population of Ethiopian wolf. Family activities available from the park's single lodge include high-altitude trekking, horseback riding and birding.
The hottest place on Earth and situated 125 metres below sea level, the Danakil Depression is the most inhospitable place imaginable. Yet its complex geology makes the alien landscape of volcanoes, salt pans, lava lakes and steaming hot springs an extraordinary place to visit. Unforgettable experiences to take home include standing on the rim of an active volcano, floating on a salt lake and sitting around a campfire under star-studded skies.