Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country and the second largest in terms of population.
Ethiopia boasts extraordinary natural features, a vast range of wildlife, and a captivating historical and cultural heritage.
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 offers a rare and epic journey into a land almost forgotten.
Simien National Park, or The “Simiens”, was one of the first places to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. With incredible views and spectacular scenery in every direction, its 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 more than 1500 meters to the valley floor below.
Lalibela is 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.
Bale Mountains National Park and its beautiful high country 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.
The Omo Valley is undoubtably one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world today. The 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 will 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.
November – March
October – April
Allow 12-14 Days
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14 Days Epic Ethiopia
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A safari to Ethiopia offers a fascinating mix of the markets of bustling developing city of Addis Ababa to the ancient Coptic Christian rock hewn churches of the Tigre region, to the traditional pastoralists tribes of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. The route takes you through dramatic scenery of the Simien Mountains to view Gelada Monkeys and Walia Ibex to the Bale Mountains to see the critically endangered Ethiopia Wolf hunting mole rats on the high montane plateaus. Ethiopia offers a unique cuisine and is the original home of coffee and offers plenty of opportunities to be active. Lodges and camps are comfortable and homely without being luxurious to the standards of South Africa and Botswana or Eastern Africa. This destination is suited the well travelled traveller who wishes a unique travel experience to a comparatively rarely visited country.Best Months
November – March
October – April
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