Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country and second largest in terms of population.
With a unique cultural heritage and home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – one of the world’s oldest Christian churches. Ethiopia’s monarchy only ended in the coup of 1974.
Over many years, Ethiopia has suffered periodic droughts and famines, leading to a long civil conflict in the 20th Century. A border war with Eritrea in the late 1990s ended with a peace treaty in 2000.
Ethiopia is a rare and epic journey into a land almost forgotten.
The “Simiens” were one of the first places to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. With incredible views and spectacular scenery in every direction, it’s fantastic hiking country is renowned.
Three of Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife, and mammal species live here. The graceful Walia Ibex, found nowhere else on earth outside of the Simien borders, rare Gelada Baboons and Ethiopian Wolves. Lammergeyers, the bearded vultures, soar over incredible drops of over 1500 meters to the valley floor below.
Home to eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches, believed to have been built by King Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th century.
These amazing medieval structures are carved, both internally and externally, from the volcanic rock in which they stand. Considered among the wonders of the world, each building is beautifully crafted and architecturally unique. Lalibela is a high place of pilgrimage and devotion.
The beautiful high country of the Bale Mountains is an absolute highlight of Ethiopia. Plateaus tower above 4000 meters, endangered Ethiopian Wolves roam, and mountain tarns and trout filled streams exist undisturbed.
This area is a ramblers dream. Horse trails, mountain biking and game drives are also on offer so its easy to explore off the beaten track.
The national park has one of the highest concentrations of endemic species in the world. Fern-laden Harenna forest is home to rare endemic Bale Monkeys, Black-Mane Lion and Leopard.
This is undoubtably one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world today. The Omo Valley is a rich kaleidoscope of tribal ceremonies and traditional people with the languid flow of one of Africa’s most important waterways. Providing insight into incredibly preserved pastoral lifestyles, simplistic yet so emotionally powerful to leave visitors in awe.
Ethiopia’s attraction is the incredible diversity of experience – particularly the land and its people.
Read about Rob’s latest Epic Ethiopia journey here.