Because of the elevation, temperatures rarely exceed 250C in most of the country, although in some of the lower lying areas (Awash, Omo and Mago parks ) it can get considerably hot.
Pack light clothes for the daytime and a jacket or sweater for the evenings and a good pair of walking shoes even if you are not going trekking –pathways around historic sites are usually uneven and stony.
Trekkers in the Simien and Bale mountains will need warm clothes, waterproofs, and 3-4 season sleeping bags. On a cultural note – Ethiopian are generally modest dressers, and visitors should be sensitive about going underdressed (shorts, tank tops and barebacked ) into places of worship. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques-for getting around sites like Lalibela with its many churches airline socks are very useful.
Bank Hours: open from 08:30 in the morning to 16:00 in the afternoon on weekdays and half day on Saturdays. However, banks at Addis Ababa Hilton and Sheraton Hotels are open daily including holidays from 0600-2300 hours. You can also cash visa & Master Card at the banks or use the ATM machine inside the hotels.
- Official currency: 1 birr =100 cents
Traveler's cheque is best taken in US Dollars or pounds sterling and cash is best taken in US dollars or Euro. Some credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, American Express and Dinners club are accepted at major hotels. Time and electricity
- Ethiopia is three hours ahead of GMT(+3 GMT)
- Electric supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC.