Ethiopia is a hidden gem, unknown to most people and praised by anybody who has been there.
It has magnificent scenery that’s a pleasure to explore by surface and ideal for trekking. The magical Simien and Bale Mountains or expedition to one of the natural wonders of the world the Danakil Depression. A stable country for over two decades and very safe to travel around. Ethiopia has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 1 Intangible Cultural Heritage listed. The 12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are the absolute highlight of most trips here. Ethiopia has a fascinating history, dating back over 3000 years, where facts and legends easily mingle. An exceptionally diverse population of 90 million people containing over 80 different ethnic groups with incredible distinctive culture awaits to be explored.
Nature lovers will marvel at the unique flora and fauna, a birdwatchers paradise with around 850 species including 39! near endemics. 35 endemic mammals with the larger ones often not hard to find. Experience one of the colorful religious festivals celebrated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church, among them Genna, Timket, Meskel and Hidar Tsion. The Ark of the Covenant is believed to be kept in a small chapel in Axum. Ethiopia is also known as the cradle of humankind and Home of 'Lucy', the 3.2 million years old hominid, one of our most famous ancestors. The highlights are too many to mention, Ethiopia is a developing tourist destination with fast improving infrastructure and facilities. Maybe not suitable for the luxury minded tourist but a very rewarding and fascinating holiday destination for almost anybody else. Ethiopia has a rich and magical history, an amazing diversity in culture and an extraordinary natural beauty.