Ethiopia is an ideal destination for those craving a cultural experience – a chance to immerse yourself in the presence of ancient relics, and feel the significance of centuries of mankind…
As the only African nation to avoid colonisation, Ethiopia's landscape offers a unique glimpse into the ancient civilizations that have shaped its rich history.
Experience a unique journey through time by visiting these remarkable destinations:
This UNESCO World Heritage site showcases 11 thirteenth-century monolithic churches carved out of solid rock, nestled deep within the mountains.
Once the capital of the Aksumite Empire, this area, continuously inhabited for centuries, boasts ruins dating back to 100 AD.
Known as the 'Camelot of Africa,' Gondar features a collection of medieval castles, churches, and royal chambers.
The Lake Tana Churches
Scattered across the largest lake in Ethiopia, these 14th-century monasteries and churches depict vibrant biblical scenes on their colourful round walls, housing mystical relics at their centres.
Not a history enthusiast? Fear not! Ethiopia's cuisine will take you on a journey of its own…
Coffee, the magical bean that fuels entire days, tasks, and smiles, finds its origins in Ethiopia.
Legend has it that a goat herder noticed the invigorating effect of these specific beans on his flock and decided to give them a try. The word spread, and Ethiopia became one of the world's leading coffee producers
Renowned for its distinct and rich flavours, Ethiopian coffee is highly sought after worldwide. It is best enjoyed during a coffee ceremony, where raw beans are processed, communities gather for discussion, and the roasted beans produce ‘liquid gold’ - an experience blessed by the exchange of ideas.
In fact, the entire repertoire of Ethiopian cuisine has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, thanks to its unique flavours and communal eating traditions.
To indulge in these delectable delights, head to ancient citadels like Harar, a city with a 1 000-year-old history that boasts striking architecture, ancient markets, and a wide array of culinary offerings.
“Ethiopia appears to belong to an atlas of imagination; part of legend, part far-tale, part Old Testament book.” - Stanley Stewart, The Telegraph
A Natural Narnia
For nature lovers, Ethiopia is a veritable paradise brimming with awe-inspiring landscapes.
The Great Rift Valley
Stretching from the Red Sea, this colossal valley offers towering peaks, lush forests, and deep canyons, inviting intrepid explorers to venture into its depths.
Blue Nile Falls
Witness the majestic tapering of the river from Lake Tana, as it cascades down a sheer chasm to create a mesmerising spectacle of mist, rainbows, and verdant surrounds.
Referred to as the 'Roof of Africa,' this mountain range presents breathtaking panoramas and dramatic cliffs, and is a favourite destination for avid hikers. It is also home to elusive wildlife such as the Ethiopian wolf.
Africa's lowest and hottest point, this seemingly inhospitable place showcases surreal and vibrantly coloured landscapes, sulphur lakes, and an active volcano.
Home to some of the world's oldest human remains, this valley offers a glimpse into the past and an opportunity to visit and learn from the indigenous tribes that still thrive there.
What many don’t know is that Ethiopia is home to numerous endemic species, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
Amidst the spectacular array of animals, one can often spot a pair of unique eyes belonging exclusively to the region…
Among these remarkable creatures are the resilient Walia ibex, the elusive Menelik's bushbuck, the majestic Swayne's hartebeest, the rare Simien Wolf, and the fascinating Gelada baboon.
Did You Know?
Female Gelada baboons display a brightened, heart-shaped red spot on their chests when seeking a mate. How romantic!
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