Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia? If you're planning to go to Addis Ababa, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Based on the climate and weather in Addis Ababa, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

Important essentials for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Addis Ababa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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  • A vaccine card protector

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  • Hand sanitizer

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  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

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  • Travel insurance

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

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General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by month

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January

If you vacation in Addis Ababa during January, you might notice that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

February is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

March here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

April here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

May in this region is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

June in Addis Ababa is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

July in Addis Ababa is crisp and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

August in Addis Ababa is cool and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

September in Addis Ababa can be chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

If you are traveling to Addis Ababa in October, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

November in Addis Ababa is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

If you visit Addis Ababa during December, you may see that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the beautiful Anwar Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Addis Ababa tourism authority.

If you see the Addis Ababa Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Addis Ababa.

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