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Ethiopia

A tapestry of natural wonders

Ethiopia is a vast country in the Horn of Africa with perhaps the greatest variety of culture, history, landscapes, habitats, and natural history of any African country.

Home to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and Tigray, the medieval castles of Gondar, monasteries on the shores of Lake Tana near Bahir Dar, and ancient animist traditions in the Omo Valley. The beauty of the architecture and the stories behind these historic sites is mesmerising.

Among wildlife highlights are the Bale Mountains, home to Africa’s rarest carnivore, the Ethiopian wolf, and the spectacular Simien Mountains, where endemic gelada monkeys and walia ibex can be seen.

Ethiopia’s diverse population includes over 80 different ethnic groups, and meeting these wonderful people, notably those in the southern Omo Valley is extraordinary.

We Recommend…

Visiting at least one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the most in Africa), ranging from religious sites to natural landscapes and parks.

 

Ethiopia when to travel

Full Name
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Population
100 million (UN, 2016)
Capital
Addis Abba
Area
1,133,881 million sq km (437,794 sq miles)
Major Languages
Amharic (official), Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali
Major religion
Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, Islam
Monetary Unit
Ethiopian Birr
Main Exports
Coffee, vegetables and fresh flowers
Flight time from London
7 hours to Addis Abba
Time Difference
GMT + 3
Some of our Ethiopia Highlights