About Ethiopia

Ethiopia Selected Winner of World Best Tourist Destination for 2015. Ethiopia is one of the largest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country covers 1.14 million square kilometer occupying a large part of the Horn of Africa. The country is endowed with a unique combination of natural, historical and cultural heritage, impressive scenery, pleasant climate, rich flora and fauna and recognized archaeological sites. It is the home of the earliest known humanoid. Lucy or Australopithecus Afarensis-3.2 Million-year old was discovered in the Afar Region. Its capital, Addis Ababa is the political capital of Africa being the seat of many international organizations including the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a fascinating religious history and traditions. The country's oldest mosque (the Al -Nejashi Mosque) is a symbol of tolerance and peaceful co-existence of the different religions in Ethiopia. The oldest church in Africa is also found in the country

Ethiopia is a beautiful land and a major global region of great biodiversity. There is a rich and extremely diverse flora of more than 7,000 species of plants of which almost 1,000 are endemic. Almost 900 species of birds (23 endemics) make the country a birdwatchers paradise and it is one of the world's best birding countries. There are 277 species of mammals (7 endemics) which can be seen in the National Parks and elsewhere as one travels around this spectacular and dramatic country. The Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Mountain Nyala are among the rarest animals in the world and all are easily seen in the national parks where they are protected.

In Ethiopia you can travel from the lowest place in Africa in the Danakil desert at 120 meters below sea level to the alpine world of the Simien Mountains which at 4,500metres are the fourth highest range on the continent. There are a myriad of landscapes and cultures to encounter between these two elevation extremes.  These provide travelers with spectacular photographic opportunities while moving around the country. Deserts, savannah, rainforest, lakes, volcanoes and alpine landscapes provide an ever changing kaleidoscope of great beauty.

The mountains, the lakes, and the rivers of the country have many fascinating features. There are 25 mountains in central and northern Ethiopia, which are over 4000 meters high.  Ras Dashen at 4533metres is the highest peak in the country and a world class trekking destination.

The biggest rivers are the Blue Nile, Awash, Wabi Shebelle, Omo, Tekeze and the Baro. Not only do they flow through spectacular landscapes but together they are critically important for the country's socio-economic development. Large natural lakes are also found in the main Rift Valley region of Ethiopia. Lake Zwai, Langano, Abiata, Shala, Abaya, Chamo and  Awassa lakes are superb birding  locations with their own rich fauna. Lake Tana in the north is the country's largest lake and source of one of the great rivers of Africa, the Blue Nile. It is also home to rich birdlife and many ancient island orthodox monasteries. One of Africa's great waterfalls Tis Abay not far from where, the Blue Nile flows out of  Lake Tana.

Ethiopia  has an impressive history. There are nine world heritage sites -Axum obelisks, the castles of Gondar, Konso cultural landscape, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the stelae of Tiya, Lower Valley of the Awash-Hadar (where Lucy was found), the lower Omo Valley palaeo-anthropological site, the ancient walled city of Harar and the Simien Mountains National Park. Together these  testify to Ethiopia’s great past and. A tour to all or some  of these sites provides an opportunity to experience the history, diverse landscapes and cultures which are to be found in the country.

So come on a journey of a lifetime  and experience the fascination and diversity of our people, our history, our magnificent landscapes, our wildlife and flora and above all the warmth and traditional hospitality of which we are very proud.

 

 

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