Often overlooked, Ethiopia has a huge variety of experiences on offer with stunning scenery, unique wildlife and extraordinary historical sights.
From the vast Simien Mountains National Park to the lunar landscape of the remote Bale Mountains, Ethiopia has such varied scenery that every stop offers something different. The arid Danakil Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth, is a stark contrast to beautiful Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile also famed for its monastic churches.
Combine this incredible and dramatic scenery with some of Ethiopia’s best wildlife, many species of which are endemic including the gelada monkey found in the Simien Mountains National Park or the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale Mountains. Exploring on foot is a great way to immerse yourself in the rural landscapes, whether on a day walk from your lodge or an overnight trek using community-run guest houses.
Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and is known for its 11 rock hewn churches built in the 12th century, a must see on any visit to the country. The ancient capital of Axum, in the far north, is said to be the home of the Ark of the Covenant which is housed in a small chapel. While here you can also visit the colossal rock stelae standing stones, which date back to the 3rd century. The dramatic 17th century castles at Gondar, the former imperial capital located north of Lake Tana, are also well worth exploring during your visit.