Many consider Ethiopia to be Africa's most interesting and least-known tourist destination. Ethiopia, for example, has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in Africa, including Egypt. Ethiopia will undoubtedly call into question everything you thought you knew about Africa.
What to do once and see once you have arrived to Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
Travel to the heartland of mother Africa – Ethiopia
Many people believe that Ethiopia is the most intriguing and least well-known tourist destination in all of Africa. For instance, Ethiopia is the country in Africa with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites, even more than Egypt. Ethiopia will undoubtedly make you rethink everything you believed to be true about Africa.
It is where I was raised and spent my early adolescent years. More than fifty years later, I still find the site to be fascinating. I adore it. I can provide you with an unusual, intimate, and one-of-a-kind travel experience in this stunning and ancient country thanks to my knowledge of Ethiopia gained from my many years spent there, my fluency in the Amharic language, and my large network of friends and contacts.
Top Ethiopian travel destinations...
Addis Ababa – the capital of Ethiopia
At 2,355 m above sea level, Addis Abeba is the third-highest capital in the world and is home to more than 3 million people. The diplomatic and nightlife epicenter, Addis Ababa was established in 1887 by Emperor Menelik. Enjoy the nightlife, distinctive restaurants and cuisines, Italian fascist architecture, hospitable Ethiopians, tradition, and culture. Although Addis Abeba is regarded as a safe city, caution should be exercised due to its reputation for minor crime and skilled pickpockets.
Lalibela – the city of rock churches
Lalibela, a small town of about 15,000 people, is one of Ethiopia’s most holy cities in the Orthodox Christian tradition, as well as the most important destination for pilgrimages by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians from all over the country. Lalibela is famous for its 11 churches carved from solid rock in the 12th century. The floors, columns, windows, doors, and even the roofs of these church buildings are architecturally ancient, having been carved into deep layers and pieces of solid rock. Many scholars believe King Lalibela built them as a safer pilgrimage destination after Muslim forces captured Jerusalem in 1187. From the late 12th century to the 13th century, Lalibela served as Ethiopia’s capital.
Axum (or Aksum) – The religious capital of Ethiopia
The Axumite Empire was one of the most powerful empires in history. From the first to the thirteenth centuries CE, it became wealthy and powerful by controlling lucrative trade routes between the Roman Empire and ancient India. In pre-Christian times, the capital Axum’s ruins included the world’s largest obelisk or stelae carved from a single piece of granite. The largest is still standing and stands 21m tall (70ft), but there were larger stelae, with the heaviest, now fallen and broken, weighing in at around 500 tonnes. There are numerous royal tombs as well. Ethiopians believe that the Ark of the Covenant is kept in a church in Axum, with only a single priest granted access who may never leave.
Simien National Park, magical mountains
The Simien National Park is located in the heart of Africa’s largest mountainous region, known as the Roof of Africa, and offers breathtaking views of the rugged landscape. UNESCO designated the park as the second-ever site of outstanding beauty in 1978. Ras Dashen, at 4,550m, is the highest peak in the Simien Mountains and Africa’s tenth highest. The Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex, Caracal, and Simien Fox are among the spectacular endemic mammal species found in this region. The national park contains over 180 bird species, five of which are found nowhere else. This includes large birds of prey like the Lammergeier, which has a 3 m wingspan.