Ethiopia

Travel to Ethiopia’s amazing destinations

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.

Historical Treasures of the North

Lake Tana – Source of the Blue Nile

Simien Mountains

Tribes of the South

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Ethiopia Overview

Soaring mountains, a vast lake and breathtaking landscapes combine with a rich history and diverse cultures to make Ethiopia one of Africa’s most fascinating countries.

Northern Ethiopia has an ancient Judaeo-Christian heritage and many historic cities containing stone churches, forts and castles. The country’s many tribal peoples still retain traditional lifestyles, each with their own language, customs, religious beliefs and body decoration.

The climate varies according to the topography with the highlands having a temperate climate whilst the lowlands are very hot. The dry season runs from October to May and is the best time to visit. June to September is the rainy season and travel can be difficult.

A wildlife safari in the national parks of neighbouring Kenya or in Tanzania farther south, to see big game.

There are regular flights to Addis from Nairobi, Dubai (with Emirates), and from Johannesburg in South Africa.

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