oldest hominid, whose remains were found in Ethiopia's part of the
Great Rift Valley in the place called HADAR, lived among her
companions. Being huge, Ethiopia represents an amusing natural,
cultural and historical diversity. Its favorable climatic conditions
and landscape make Ethiopia the home of bird life and mammals. After
the rains, it is decked with flowers and with more native plants
than most countries in Africa.
The country is endowed with peerless geological formations, varying
from 116 meters below sea level that is the radiant sulfuric
inferno. The Danakil Depression to the alpine peaks that rise to
4620 meters in the rugged Semien Mountains only the phenomenal Great
Rift Valley cuts Ethiopia in two, forming a series of marvelous
lakes, thriving with opulent in all life forms.
Ethiopia's awe-inspiring diversity is well represented in our
tailor-made and package tours. There are options of an exciting
adventure, off-road safaris, mobile camping, and guided trekking as
well as culture. Prices range from budget to family, luxury and
truly exotic vacation travel!
Ethiopia has a cultural, historical and linguistic identity quite
distinct from the rest of Africa, largely because it is the only
African country to have resisted European colonisation. The official
language of Ethiopia, Amharic is a Semitic language, although there
are more than 80 different languages, with innumerable dialects.
With its ancient history, its long connection with Christianity and
Islam, and its complex culture, Ethiopia is captivating. It’s known,
above all for its exceptional historical attractions, including
centuries old rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and grand castles of
Home to some famous archaeological finds, including Lucy
(Australopithecus Afarensis) Ethiopia is known as the cradle of
Humanity. Archeologically speaking, Ethiopia is to sub- Saharan
Africa what Egypt is to North Africa. Many monasteries are located
in the islands which populate Lake Tana, the largest lake in
Ethiopia, which is also the source of the Blue Nile.
In contrast with its international image as a land of desert and
famine, the word ‘diverse’ is the only way to describe Ethiopia.
Diverse in geography, peoples, cultures and wild life, the country
offers correspondingly diverse attractions. The Siemien and Bale
mountains offer spectacular scenic trekking, the rivers of the south
offer white-water rafting and fishing, and the country’s parks have
good wild life. Prolific birdlife flourishes everywhere. The
south-western regions offer memorable encounters with tribes
considered among the most intriguing on the continent, with their
unique body decorations and customs. The Danakil Depression, in the
North East has an otherworldly feel, with its bubbling sulphurous
pools and volcano which has been active since 1967. Salt mining
continues as it has done for hundreds of years.
As Ethiopia is approximately 60% Ethiopian Christian Orthodox, there
are wonderful festivals celebrating the days of the Holy Calendar.
Timkat (Epiphany) is celebrated in January and priests and followers
dress in colourful robes. Meskel (the finding of the True Cross) is
celebrated in Meskel Square in Addis, with a huge bonfire on
With its ‘little bit of everything’ but also much of each, Ethiopia
turns out to be a country rich in tourism potential. Ethiopia is
Africa’s best- kept secret. It is the continents’ dark side of the
moon’ get there before it’s brought to light. Wherever you travel in
Ethiopia you will be greeted with a smile and always be made to feel
welcome. You will also be seven years younger; by the Ethiopian
Julian calendar and you can look forward to thirteen months of