Ethiopia Africa’s hidden Treasure
Some think of Ethiopia as the country of famine, drought & starvation. This is not true & this is not the Ethiopia experience!
- Ethiopia is not one thing. Ethiopia is many thing and diverse.
- Ethiopia is limitless; Ethiopia gives limitless happiness.
- Ethiopia is the nation that gave birth to the world’s most favorite beverage Coffee.
- Ethiopia is the land where humans first walked on the feet.
- Ethiopia is the land where three of the world major religions (Christianity, Islam and Juddaism) first took root in Africa.
- Ethiopia is a land that stretches from lowest point on earth in the Dankile Depression to the Roof of Africa in the Ethiopia highlands and you can find everything in between.
- Ethiopia is one country offering many contrast:- is the hidden treasure of Africa.
- Ethiopia have a unique wildlife, culture and a rich history that is hard to find anywhere else in the continent of Africa.
The major tourist spots in Addis Ababa are, the National museum where the ancient hominid “Lucy “ is seated, the Ethnological museum and a number of old and historical churches like the Trinity cathedral , St. George church, St Mary church at Mount Entoto. The grand open market in Africa is found in Addis as it is called “Merkato” and much to see at night too –a variety of night clubs, offering all manner of music from traditional Ethiopia to modern pop and more.
Around in Addis Ababa you can have an option of attractions to visit such as; Crater Lake Wonchi, Debre Libanos Monastery, Adadi Marim, Tiya Stela, Melek-Kuntre, Debre Brehan, Ankober Emperor Menelik Palace, Crater Lakes of Debre Ziet/ Bishoftu and others.
The North Historical Route: the northern route focuses on the historically important regions of Bahar Dar, Gondar, Axum & Lalibela and weaves the story of great and powerful kingdoms of the northern Ethiopia.
The South Cultural Route: the Omo Valley, in the south of Ethiopia, is home to a fascinating range of distinct tribal groups, isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and still very much following their own cultures and customs.
The Eastern Route: Awash Park, which is known for its wildlife, for the Mount Fentale caldera and for the Filwoha Hot Springs. The Harar city was renowned for Islamic scholarship and the production of a sizeable Islamic literature, a culture that is still alive and well. Jegol is also known for the beautiful handicrafts, including weaving, basketry, and bookbinding.
Western & South-West Ethiopia: This unknown & undiscovered route will take you through the Crater Lake of Wonchi, Jimma (Abba Jiffar Palace and Jimma museum), Kaffa-Bonga (the birth place of Coffee), Tepi and Bebeka the largest Coffee Plantation of Ethiopia, Wush Wush tea plantation, and different tribes such as; Surma, Diz, Sheka, Shekicho, Yem, and Gambella (Gambella Park, and different tribes such as Anuak, Nuer, and Mezhenger).
North-West Ethiopia: This route is the most obscure of Ethiopia’s regions, practically never visited by tourists, is Benishangul-Gumuz. The region is endowed with a great deal of natural and manmade attraction such as; Famasere Mountain in Kurmuk (known for its Gold deposit), Blue Marable, Dabus River, Hoha Waterfalls, the palace of Shiki Hojele in Assosa town, Yamesira Mosque in Tongo, and Assossa cultural museum.
Trekking in the Simien Mountains: The Simien Mountains Massif, also known as “The roof of Africa”, with the snow covered peak of Mount Ras Deshen. This mountain is 4,620 meters high and is the fourth highest peak in the continent. It is suitable for trekking and home of endemic Walia Ibex, Ethiopian wolf and different species of birds.
Trekking in the Bale Mountains: Trekking on the spectacular and scenic mountainous landscape of the Bale Mountains National Park. The Bale Mountains area is the best kept secret place of Ethiopia (largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent). It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget’s Rail.
Danakil (Dallol) Depression, also called Dallol Depression, is a desert with some areas that are more than 100 meters below sea level. This is special because it is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water.
The largest salt composition depression where you will visit Lake Asale, Salt excavating area on traditional way, Camel Caravan and hot spring waters. A trekking or hiking to the edge of Mount Ertale (Erta Ale, Active volcano). After the hike, back to camp and a bit of breakfast, you’ll drive back to Mekelle.
Bird Watching: Ethiopia has rightly become one of Africa’s leading birding destinations. Its avifauna represents an interesting mixture of eastern and West African, Palearctic and endemic components. In addition to over 800 species of birds, of which a staggering 37 are endemic or near-endemic, Ethiopia has a number of spectacular endemic mammals, and a scenic diversity and cultural uniqueness that are probably unequalled in Africa.
Coffee: Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that coffee arabica grew wild. Coffee is “Buna” in Ethiopia. Coffee Arabica is found in Kaffa, Sidama, Yirega cheffe, Harar, Limmu and different parts of Ethiopia. The Kaffa region in the South-west Ethiopia is the origin of the genetic diversity of Coffee arabica, the most popular type of coffee in the world.
Athletics (Sport) Tourism: Ethiopia is the home of distance running where many of the greatest runners of all time have come. Bekoji (Where Ethiopian Runners Are Born or Ethiopia’s Home of Athletics Champions) where most of Ethiopian Olympic gold medal winners seem to have chosen to be born here. Haile Gebreselassie, Derartu Tulu, Fatuma Roba, Kenenisa Bekele, and Tirunesh Dibaba.