Travel in Ethiopia

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Welcome to Ethiopia, a land like nowhere else that you will never forget. Ethiopia isn’t a country that can be described; it has to be experienced. Every traveller has their own perception by discovering historical sites, and by following in the footsteps of the Queen of Sheba and the Emperor Haile Selassie. This land has a lot to offer in the diversity of its landscapes and animals from North to South and from East to West. The kindness and the openness of the Ethiopian people will make you feel at home and enrich your life.

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Guide to travelling in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a vast country, which holds lots of surprises for curious travellers! In the north, Lake Tana is one of the natural wonders of the region. At 1840 metres in altitude, it is the biggest Ethiopian lake and the source of the legendary Blue Nile, one of the two rivers which join together to form the Nile. During your trip to Ethiopia, you will discover that the islands that are scattered throughout this lake are inherently tied to orthodox Ethiopian spirituality: 19 of the 37 islands are home to, or were once home to, a monastery…not far from there are the great Blue Nile Falls, at 400 metres high in the rainy season, these are the second largest waterfalls in Africa after Victoria Falls on the Zambezi river! Further north, The city of Aksum is rich with history. Located in the heart of a large orthodox Ethiopian region, Aksum was supposedly the centre of the ancient kingdom of the Queen of Sheba who is said to have been married to the King of the Jews, King Solomon. This town holds the Tablets of Law of the Ten Commandments. Many of the historic sites are still viewable today…also in the north of the country, Lalibela is an incredibly spiritual place: the town is home to some rather intriguing findings which have been wonderfully preserved and are still inhabited by monks and hermits today. The 12th century churches called “monoliths” are carved, almost as if they were “buried”, into the rock. Ethiopians sometimes say that angels helped man to build these churches…So are you ready to travel to Ethiopia?

When to go in Ethiopia?

It's possible to go to Ethiopia practically any time of the year : in fact, temperatures are always pleasant, at around 20 degrees. If you're allergic to the heat, avoid the summer months in the east and west of the country. Generally avoid summer, as the rain can be heavy throughout the country. Please note also that in the South, the rainy season stretches from April to September. Apart from that, you'll enjoy sunny and warm weather in Ethiopia whenever you choose to visit the country.
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Lynne Marston
Ethiopia has long been suggested to me as an interesting off-the-beaten-track destination. Being more interested in culture, I did the northern heritage circuit, two weeks solo trip with driver. The highlights were, as expected, the Timket festival in Gonder, the unearthly landscapes of the Danakil Depression, and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Skip the Blue Nile Falls (trickle, really), and fly to and from Lalibela because the road is long and ghastly.
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Lake Tana monastery, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Lalibela churches, Lake Chamo hippos, Dorze tribe, and Maze national park camping.
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