You will be transported back in time as you experience ancient cultures and traditions that date back over 3,000 years. Ceremonies and rituals of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church open a window to the world of the Old Testament. Ethiopia is also the earliest known home of humankind, with the discovery of “Lucy,” the skeleton of a woman who lived 3.5 million years ago. Ethiopia is not for the luxury safari seeker; rather for the intrepid traveler searching for awe-inspiring scenery and cultural and religious experiences that are truly life changing.
Where to Go
Lalibela – Famous for its medieval monolithic, rock-cut churches that are still today a place of pilgrimage and devotion. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities.
Axum – One of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Africa. Massive ruins dating from the 1st and 13th century AD include monolithic obelisks, royal tombs and ruins of ancient castles.
Gondar – Ancient sites demonstrate a remarkable convergence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church with Ethiopian Jews and Muslims. There are also Hindu, Arab and Jesuit influences.
Blue Nile Falls – “Smoking water” as it’s known is one of the world’s great waterfalls. The flora and wildlife around the falls are unique, many species endemic only to that specific area and to Ethiopia.
Simien National Park –Jagged peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices are the backdrop to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. It is also home to extremely rare and endangered animals such as the Gelada baboon and Walia ibex.
Omo Valley – Undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth, Omo Valley in the southern part of Ethiopia is home to some of the most fascinating tribes in the world with over 200,000 tribal people inhabiting this region.
When to Go
Throughout most of the country there are two seasons: the dry season from October through May, and the wet season from June to September. In Addis Ababa, the temperature is virtually the same year round hovering around 70 ̊F. In the Southern Omo Valley, the main rains are from March to June and shorter rains in November.