Ethiopia is a land of wonder and enchantment, a country with one of the richest histories on the African continent, a land of contrasts and surprises, of remote and wild places, home to cultured and friendly people who have descended from some of the world’s oldest civilizations. This is the land of the fabled Queen of Sheba, home of the Ark of the Covenant, the birthplace of Coffee. Ethiopia is where ‘Lucy’, the world’s oldest and most famous hominid skeleton, was discovered.
Ethiopia has so much to offer visitors: the Historic Route covers the ancient town of Axum, with its amazing carved obelisks, Christian festivals and relics, including the Ark of the Covenant; Gondar, with its castles and palaces; Lalibela, with its remarkable rock hewn churches; and the walled Muslim city of Harar. In Dire Dawa, you can see cave paintings considered to be thousands of years old. Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, houses remote monasteries nearly a thousand years old. A string of Great Rift Valley lakes reaching down to the
Omo Valley, hold many national parks, and are home to a wealth of bird and wildlife and tribal communities such as the Hammar and Mursi.
The high, rugged, Simien Mountains in the north and the Bale Mountains in the south are also home to rare and unique wildlife. These terrains are ideal for trekking, whilst some of Ethiopia’s fast-flowing rivers are becoming famous for white-water rafting.
Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, has so much to offer, too, with its first-class hotels and restaurants, museums, palaces, and the unbeatable, always vibrant Merkato, Africa’s largest open-air market.
Ethiopia, called ‘the land of a thousand smiles’, is our home, so contact Wanderlust Tours today to book your upcoming holiday in Ethiopia, and let us show you some of these smiles.