Are you planning to visit the East African country of Ethiopia, located in the Horn of Africa? This country offers amazing experiences for visitors, including the beautiful Blue Nile Falls, the Simien Mountains National Park, and Erta Ale, an active volcano! Here are some top travel tips for you:
- The timezone of Ethiopia is GMT+3. This is 8 hours behind Canberra (Australia, GMT+11), 2.5 hours behind New Delhi (India, GMT+5.30), 3 hours ahead of London (UK, GMT) and 8 hours ahead of New York (USA, GMT-5).
- The capital of this country is Addis Ababa. It’s home to the famous, vast Mercato Market, the National Museum of Ethiopia, while beautiful Mount Entoto is nearby too.
- The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic. ‘Hello’ in this language is ‘Salam’. That said, fortunately, English is the most widely used foreign language here, spoken by around 35% of the population.
- The official currency is the Ethiopian birr (currency code: ETB). Tourists typically spend around 1,200 ETB a day on holiday here, equivalent to about 31 USD. US dollars and euros are widely accepted, especially in touristy areas.
- The climate of Ethiopia varies widely depending on where you are in the country. The north-eastern lowlands tend to be tropical, the south-eastern lowlands are temperate, while the highlands are cool. So pack appropriate clothing!
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