How to get around
The national carrier Ethiopian Airlines (www.ethiopianairlines.com) operates a daily "Historic Route Service" for tourists connecting Addis Ababa to the historic cities of the northern circuit i.e. Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela. Connecting flights also run daily between these northern cities.
There are also domestic Ethiopian Airlines flights to several other key centres including Arba Minch, Assosa, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Gondar, Jijiga, Jimma, Mekele and Semera. Flights to Robe for Bale Mountains National Park are scheduled to resume in 2016.
An increasingly popular option with tourists is to travel overland with one of many reliable operators in Addis Ababa offering group tours and a range of bespoke 4x4 itineraries. At least ten days, ideally longer, is required to drive around the northern circuit, so those with limited time or patience might wish to arrange an itinerary that combines some flights with road transport.
More remote parts of the country, such as the Danakil Depression and Erta Ale, or the tribal lands of South Omo, can only realistically be visited on an organised 4x4 expedition with a specialist local operator.
Although all-weather roads do run through Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains national parks, the most rewarding way to explore these biodiverse highland destinations is on a guided multi-day hike or trek.