Africa + Indian Ocean
The destination that should be at the top of any adventurer’s wish list
Ethiopia has emerged as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations – a land of contrasts that is home to some of the oldest civilisations in the world, but also a thrilling developing art and culture scene.
The country has so much to offer from the moment you arrive. Addis Ababa alone boasts the remains of ‘Lucy’, the world’s oldest known almost complete hominid skeleton as well as the Mercato – Africa’s largest market.
For adventurers we recommend hiking through the Simien Mountains in search of its endemic mammals, while culture fans can delve deep into its more recent history by exploring its emperors’ castles in Gondar and visiting the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, which are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.
Luxury tourism is still a relatively new concept for Ethiopia and hotels tend to be comfortable rather than lavish, often with a faded grandeur charm. This is part of the adventure, and what they lack in facilities the staff make up for in kindness, living up to their reputation as some of the most friendly people in Africa.
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Stories from Ethiopia
"A travel destination to put on your bucket list is Ethiopia, that is if your tastes run to places that are distinctive, authentic, and rich civilizations with centuries old history with their own culture, food, music and dance."
"We went from the capital city of Addis Ababa with its buoyant Ethio - jazz scene and museums, to the Simien mountains where we viewed up close and personal the red-breasted gelada baboon, dramatic natural scenery, and historic sites including one of the eight wonders of the world."
"The diet is heavily reliant on vegetables and legumes with an absence of sweets; low on carbs; and a two day a week fasting plus normal religious fasting periods during the year. We felt as if we were at a wellness retreat!"
"In travelling around the country for over a week, never once did we feel unsafe or insecure. Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming, with big smiles complementing their oversize sparkling eyes."
"It was through seeing a photography exhibit of the Omotic peoples by Hans Silvester at the Marlborough Gallery in New York , that I first came to put Ethiopia on my list. I recommend our tour operator from the UK, cazenove+loyd. They’re very good at customising a trip to special interests, are responsive, reliable, and offer quality and value."
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