Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and its landscapes are epic in both scale and beauty. Here is a place where you can trek more than 3000m above sea level (the Simien and Bale mountains) or visit the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression.
Ethiopia, the only African country to have escaped European colonialism, has retained much of its cultural identity and its story is one of Africa’s most fascinating. It all begins with Lucy, one of our most celebrated ancient ancestors, moves effortlessly into the realm of ancient Aksum with its oblelisks and echoes of the Queen of Sheba,
Welcome to Africa’s most underrated wildlife destination. The Ethiopian wolf, that charismatic canid from the high country around the Simein Mountains, Menz-Guassa and Bale Mountains, is the ultimate prize, the sighting of a lifetime.
When it comes to human cultures, Ethiopia has an embarrassment of riches. There are the Surmi, Afar, Mursi, Karo, Hamer, Nuer and Anuak, whose ancient customs and traditions have remained almost entirely intact. Venturing into these communities and staying among them is akin to receiving a privileged initiation into a forgotten world.
Ethiopia-one of the most fascinating countries in the world, Old beyond all imagination, dates back to the very beginnings of mankind, “LAND OF ORIGIN” offering a wealth of captivating riches, fabulous kingdoms and ancient mysteries. Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Besides, Ethiopia is a land of wonder and enchantment, a country with one of the richest histories on the African continent, home to cultured and friendly people who are descended from some of the world’s oldest civilizations. A unique and secluded country never been colonized by a European power, and as a result the people have retained a strong cultural identity and are renowned for their warmth hospitality.
Ethiopia (formerly known as Abyssinia) is located in the east of Africa, commonly known as the Horn of Africa. It covers an area of 1, 1 12,000kmq, twice the area of France, and according to the recent census has an estimated population of 95 million inhabitants with 80 ethnic groups. It is bounded on the northeast by Eritrea and Djibouti, on the east and southeast by Somalia, on the south by Kenya and on the west by Sudan. The Ethiopian landscape is dominated by a volcanic plateau with an average altitude of 2000 meter above sea level, which decreases towards the country’s borders on three sides. The Great Rift Valley which begins at Jordan, Red Sea and traverses long distance all the way the Danakil depression (which contains one of the lowest point on the earth 120 meter below sea levels) continuing towards the south of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and finally Mozambique. Ethiopia has a very strong cultural identity, which has been preserved thanks to a long period of independence, lasting practically until present times. Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and one of the lowest place on earth the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape. Ethiopia is old; old beyond all imaginations Ethiopia known as cradle of human kind, it is almost certain that human beings and their hominid ancestors evolved in the eastern zone of the Rift Valley: Lucy, our most distant ancestor, who lived 3.2 million years ago, was found in the rift Valley region a place called Hadar. As Abyssinia, its culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years.
As scholars say Ethiopia unlike other African countries is a nation of three in one, has so much to offer visitors; having long history, very rich culture and diversified nature both in flora and fauna, People interested in history, nature, or culture should not miss these unique treasures of Ethiopia. And for sure, any kind of traveler will take home with him some unforgettable impressions; experience the hidden treasures with us. Ethiopia is a large country with varied landscapes, ranging from the ruggedly carved steeples and spires of the Simien Mountains which offer breathtaking views, to the lunar-like Danakil depression. The Great Rift Valley decorates the country with a beautiful chain of lakes, where different tribes practice their own unique cultures and religions. This is the land of the fabled Queen of Sheba, home of the Ark of the Covenant, the birthplace of Coffee. ‘Lucy’, the world’s oldest known almost complete hominid skeleton, more than three million years old, was discovered here.
The historic route is one of the greatest treasures of Ethiopia. Nowhere else in the world can you see riches of man’s past such as those in the northern part of Ethiopia, A history that stretched back to the time of prehistoric man; the 5th century B.C pagan temple of Yeha, to more than 3000 years old history of Axum, the 12th century rock hewn churches of Lalibela; the medieval castles of Gonder, the famous Blue Nile fall with the 13th century painting monastery of Lake Tana at Bahirdar and the medieval walled city of Harar. Riches that encompass the history of Ethiopia ; From the 1st early beginnings to the modern day, riches that arte set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Ethiopia and where our people work today, just as their ancestors have done for generations as scholars say “Lalibela represents the supreme wonder and mystery of Ethiopian civilization, Gonder it’s pride, Bahirdar is natural bounty and Harar its exotic mosaic culture known special for its old town within the sturdy wall built between the 13th and 16th centuries. It is a city with a rich and wonderful history; famous architecture; a friendly people who really knows how to roll out a red carpet and Axum stands as the fountain head of all this, where civilization born and fertile.
The Lower Omo valley; living cultural museum; an astonishing mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups uniquely known for their natural artistic impulses. Meet and greet some of the very colorful local tribes who live in this area amazing things you’ll be doing capture the memories of a lifetime in the Omo valley – Ethiopia’s largest nature sanctuary and rich in spectacular game and yet one of the least visited areas on earth. A voyage to the Omo Valley is a true expedition to encounter some of the most remarkable tribal peoples with their vibrant local market with number of festivals and cultural ceremony conduct throughout the country in different seasons.
The stunning nature on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and one of the lowest place on earth the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape, Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, the national parks home to a wealth of bird and animal life .The high, rugged Simien Mountains in the north and the Bale Mountains in the south with their utmost tranquility are also home to unique and endemic wild life, and are ideal for trekking, whilst some of Ethiopia’s fast-flowing rivers are becoming famous for white-water rafting and the miracle Ethiopian Rift Valley, which is part of the famous East African Rift Valley, comprises numerous hot springs, beautiful lakes and a variety of wildlife.
In general Ethiopia is truly a land of discovery, brilliant and beautiful, secretive, mysterious and extraordinary. Ethiopia has been called the land of a thousand smiles and beginnings of mankind, “LAND OF ORIGIN”