With human civilisation dating back thousands of years, Ethiopia is a land rich in history, culture and legend.
It is also a country with breathtaking scenery, with towering misty mountains inhabited by rare and unusual creatures, and an enormous lake that is the source of the Blue Nile.
Visit the medieval archaeological wonders of Axum, believed to be the ancient capital of Sheba, and the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is home to many fascinating tribes, each with their own culture and customs. The Mursi are best known for their women, who display distinctive clay plates in their lower lips while the Bena and Ari adorn themselves with fabulous jewellery including intricate necklaces and metal armlets. The Hamer colour their hair, and their women wear beautiful beaded collars. If you are lucky, you may even witness their thrilling bull jumping ceremonies. This remote region has only recently become more accessible to outsiders, and sadly the traditional lifestyles of its peoples are already fast disappearing.