Travelling to Ethiopia: final tips and advice
With mountains, savannah and acacia forests, Awash National Park is a magnificent place to go on safari: it is rich with unique wild fauna! You will see oryx, kudus (a type of antelope), Soemmerring's gazelle, Nile crocodiles, as well as many species of monkeys and birds, including baboons and ostriches. During your tour of Ethiopia, discover Addis Ababa, with 4.5 million inhabitants, and located in the very heart of the country. At a height of between 2300 and 2600 metres in altitude, it is the highest capital in Africa. You should stop here for the many museums, the Ethnographical Museum shows off the richness of Ethiopian cultural diversity and there is also the Ethiopian Natural History Museum and the Addis Ababa Museum. Your tour of Ethiopia continues to Harar in the east, the fourth most important Islamic town. Most loved for its narrow streets, colourful houses with carved wooden balconies, 110 mosques and numerous mausoleums and oratories! To the south of Addis Ababa, in the “Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region”, you may visit some of the seven superb lakes which form a water chain in this beautiful part of The Great Ethiopian Rift Valley. There is plenty of ornithological fauna as well hippopotami & crocodiles. Finally, in the south-west of the country you can meet the ethnicities protected from western influences. For example, accompanied by a guide, you can be introduced to the Mursi and Surma people who are the last African people to wear labial plates. Wait no longer to visit Ethiopia it’s waiting for you!