Ethiopia is an ancient country whose unique cultural heritage, rich history and remarkable biodiversity are reflected in a tally of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites - more than any other country in Africa. Within its borders, you'll find the world's fourth-holiest Islamic city, along with as the oldest continuously-occupied town south of the Sahara. Compelling antiquities include the mediaeval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and Gheralta, ruined palaces and temples dating back 3,000 years, the magnificent 17th century castles of Gondar, and the oldest human fossils unearthed anywhere on the planet. Add to this the beautiful Simien and Bale Mountains, the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Danakil Depression, and a wealth of mammals and birds found nowhere else in the world, and it's little wonder that Ethiopia has become the most attractive and popular emergent tourist destination in Africa.
Ethiopia’s fascinating and enigmatic recorded history stretches back 3,000 years to the reign of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.
Ethiopia's rich biodiversity is reflected in a varied flora and fauna embracing more than 50 endemic species of mammals and birds, ranging from the iconic Ethiopian wolf to the spectacular Raspoli’s turaco.
A stable and peaceful democracy since 1994, Ethiopia Today is a federal state whose progressive economic policies are reflected is a post-millennial average annual growth rate of around 10 percent.
A unique musical heritage and cuisine, together with an ancient coffee culture and thriving arts and crafts scene, ensure that the Ethiopian lifestyle has much to offer curious visitors.
Ethiopia's excellent network of national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other tourist attractions can be explored along several well-established routes.
A varied selection of exciting destinations awaits the visitor to Ethiopia. National parks include the scenic Simien and Bale Mountains, with their wealth of endemic wildlife, while historical sites range from the atmospheric rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the towering stelae of Aksum and castles in Gondar. Other highlights are the awe-inspiring Erta Ale Volcano, the cultural mosaic of Konso and South Omo, and bird-rich lakes strung along the Rift Valley floor. An array of five well-established routes can be followed to explore Ethiopia's best known destinations, along with some more off-the-beaten-track gems.Read More
From hiking and wildlife viewing to hot-air balloon trips and exploring museums, Ethiopia offers limitless possibilities to outdoor enthusiasts and curious travellers.
A wide range of outdoor and adventure activities includes scenic overland expeditions, hiking in lush forest and Afro-alpine moorlands, climbing active volcanoes, and ballooning around Addis Ababa .
From the coffee forests of the western highlands to the jewel-like lakes that dot the Rift Valley, Ethiopia's wealth of down-to-earth nature experiences includes the opportunity to track endemic wildlife on foot, and some of the finest birding anywhere in Africa.
Whether you are picking through venerable museums and palaeontological sites, or enjoying shopping fir handicrafts and exploring the unique and spicy cuisine, Ethiopia offers a rare variety of rewarding cultural experiences.