Photo Tours

With its reliably sunny skies, lovely scenery and wealth of unique subject matter, Ethiopia is a popular destination with photographers.

  • Landscape photographers will find inspiration everywhere - from the yellow tef fields around Addis Ababa to more obvious landmarks such as the Blue Nile Falls and Erta Ale. Bear in mind that light in the tropics tends to be very harsh, so that early morning and late afternoon are usually the best time to capture big scenes.
  • Wildlife photographers will find the high mountains - Simien and Bale - particularly rewarding. Endemic large mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf and gelada baboon are often very habituated and can be approached closely enough to photograph well with a medium-magnification lens. Successful bird photography, by contrast, usually requires a more specialised high-magnification lens.
  • Historic monuments such as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and castles of Gondar make for spectacular photographic subjects. There are few restrictions on photographing these sites, but flash should never be used for church interiors, as it can damage the sensitive pigments of ancient wall paintings. Carry a tripod instead, or push up your ISO.
  • The people of Ethiopia are wonderfully photogenic and often willing to pose for tourists. It is, however, important to ask permission before photographing anybody and to respect their wishes if they refuse. This is particularly the case with the fragile tribal cultures of South Omo, where consideration for local cultures should be taken into account before taking any photographs.