- Meet unique tribal groups and learn about their cultures
- Visit the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
- Hike in the Simien Mountains, home of Geladas
- Feel the heat at the Danakil Depression
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With an absorbing cultural heritage, ancient historical treasures, religious monuments, dramatic scenery and remarkable wildlife, Ethiopia is a captivating country with sites and experiences, unlike anywhere else on the African continent. Meet some of Africa's most fascinating ethnic groups in traditional villages whose tribal customs and traditions remain intact. Explore the rock-hewn churches, castles, temples and palaces, many of which are sacred sites. Nature lovers will be blown away by hiking the epic landscapes and spotting endemic wildlife species, including the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and the Old World monkey commonly known as the gelada baboon.
- Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a landlocked country that lies in eastern Africa, between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer.
- There are over 83 languages spoken throughout Ethiopia, and Amharic is the official national language of the country. Many Ethiopians can speak English, Arabic, Italian and French in the larger towns and cities.
- The best time to travel to Ethiopia is during the dry season. October to January is the most popular time to visit as the countryside lush and green. From February to May, the scenery becomes dryer and browner during this period.
The immense cultural, palaeontological and natural beauty of Ethiopia is reflected in its tally of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most of any country in Africa. Eight of these nine sites are cultural, and one, the Simien Mountains National Park, is natural. Five other sites in Ethiopia are currently under consideration by UNESCO as Tentative World Heritage Sites. Ethiopia is full of fascinating history, unique tribal cultures, immersive religious festivals, and breath-taking mountains perfect for hiking and encountering wildlife.
Our team are always on the lookout for the best experiences Ethiopia has to offer, here are a few our favourites:
- Simien Mountains National Park
- Fasil Ghebbi at Gondar
- Lower Omo Valley
- Danakil Depression
Dating back to the 12th century, the rock-hewn churches at Lalibela are some of the most breath-taking historical sites in sub-Saharan Africa.
Simien Mountains National Park is a premier hiking destination with dramatic scenery and home to the Walia ibex and gelada baboon.
Founded more than 3,000 years ago, Aksum was the capital of the Aksumite Kingdom. View towering obelisks and ruined palaces dating back to its glory days.
Fasil Ghebbi in the city of Gondar is renowned for its fairy-tale castles and intricately decorated churches built by Emperor Fasil in the 17th century.
The Lower Omo Valley is the most culturally diverse region in Ethiopia, supporting 16 unique ethnic groups, including the Mursi, Suri, Nyangatom, Dizi and Me'en.
Danakil is the hottest inhabited place on earth; comprising of sun-cracked salt-flats and more than 30 active volcanoes, including the iconic Erta Ale.