Well to be honest, Ethiopia’s reputation is tarnished by the turbulent history but there are tourists who are returning to this country in high numbers, eager to discover wondrous landscapes along with various religious sites as well as fascinating indigenous tribes.
Ethiopia is known to be the world’s oldest Christian nations with multiple cultures where the art of hospitality is still alive. Here the visitors are well greeted with a cup of coffee. Mostly Ethiopian Journey with a visit to the capital Addis Ababa, which is bursting city in the Entoto Mountains.
After the Ethiopian capital, just head north to Lalibela, a popular pilgrimage site reputed for its ancient churches which look like they have been built out of the cliff. Lalibela is known to be one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here pay a tribute to the fairytale castles of Gondor which is the walled city of Harar as well as the mysterious stelae of Aksum
The epic landscapes of Ethiopia will surely capture your imagination right from the verdant peaks of the beautiful Simien Mountains to Danakil Depression’s sulphur fumaroles. The scenery could gift you the perfect photograph of paintings as well as inspire to write poetry.
Get the feel of the wild environments with the ancient tribes like Bodi surviving on blood and milk or Hamer, who are famous for the dangerous bull-jumping ceremony.
Things to see in Ethiopia
Babille Elephant Sanctuary
While you are on a trip to Ethiopia, tracking elephants right on foot can prove to be major highlight. The sanctuary here is the home to birdlife, rarely seen leopards, cheetahs and lions along with gazelle. It is surely a easy daytrip right from Harar.
This depression is known to be one of the lowest as well as hottest places on earth at 100m (328 ft) below the level of the sea with the temperature rising above 50 degree Celsius. Here you can view the beautiful landscapes with twisted rock and lava lakes.
The people of Konso as well as people here still resemble the culture preserved in their maze-like villages as well as architecture. Some of the popular places to visit in this region are the town of Konso itself along with villages of Machekie and Busso.
Lake Chamo Crocodile Market
Well the crocodiles available at Lake Chamo are certainly not for sale but they are certainly very much alive and well basking and gliding through the water. Arrange for afternoon boat trips right on the lake and you can get to see the creatures very close and personal.
Lake Tana is known to be Ethiopia’s most fascinating places where you will see fisherman glide right across the shimmering lake surface in beautiful papyrus boats. The islands are surely the home to priest communities along with thatched monasteries.
Lower Omo Valley
This valley is the home to 16 culturally distinct tribes including Hamer along with Mursi. The marketplace offers a fascinating experience and a colorful one which can be travelled with time as well as patience.
Royal Enclosure of Gondar
This beautiful castle is Africa’s own fairytale castles, a beautiful surprising testament to the wealth as well as whimsy of Emperor Fasiladas. This one is now abandoned but it known to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site bearing rich history to past.
Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains is a grand treat for all sorts of nature lovers. You can easily trek along the escarpment which is surrounded by jagged pinnacles with Great Rift Valley tumbling down offering the world’s finest panoramas of the continent. This place is also known to Gelada ‘bleeding heart’ with offering opportunities of trekking.
There is another paradise which Ethiopia offers to hikers and horse-trekkers including the high altitude mountain scenery paving their way through remote villages as well as dense forests and high grasslands spotting wildlife here and there.
That is not all. Pay a visit to this exclusive land of Ethiopia and gather the marvelous experience to cherish for a lifetime.