Welcome to
Ethiopia

Ethiopia, the oldest independant nation in Africa, is a land of stunning natural beauty with a rich diversity of cultures and geography that will captivate the visitor. The welcome that comes from the mosaic of a people with over 80 different languages and as many cultures is warm and spontaneous. The attractions of Ethiopia are world renowned, but now visiting the land of the Queen of Sheba, the birthplace of the Blue Nile and the "cradle of mankind" is no longer a dream. This is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 metres below sea level, one of the lowest dry land points on earth.

The wealth of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes: Afro-alpine highlands, moors and mountains, white water rivers and the splendour of the Great Rift Valley. Recent archeological discoveries trace the country's heritage back to the beginning of mankind, details of these can be found in the museum in the capital, Addis Ababa. Other places of interest in the city include historic churches, palaces, monuments and the stunning view from the ridge of Entoto.

Axum, Ethiopia's most ancient city was capital of one of the pasts most glorious empires. The Axumite Empire flourished 3000 years ago. Its riches can still be seen in the form of magnificent stelae, the graves of Kings and the legendary bath of the Queen of Sheba. Also in Axum is the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, built in the 16th century it is the holiest church in Ethiopia.

Lalibela, is a place of pilgrimage and a World Heritage site. Its 11 subterranean churches, built 800 years ago, are still in use today. Some of them are quarried and enlarged caves, while others have been sculpted from volcanic rock. With arches, Greek pillars and Arabesque windows, the churches demonstrate a wide variety of styles. Attributed to King Lalibela (1181 - 1221) of the Zaghwe dynasty, archaeologists estimate 40,000 workers were required for their construction. However, according to legend, angels with masonry tools worked at nights to help.

Gondor was the 17th century capital and is notible for its medieval castles and churches. The city's unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1855 by the various Emperors who reigned during this period. Those dramatic castles, unlike others in Africa, display a richness in architecture that reveals the Axumite traditions as well as the influence of Arabia.

Bahar Dar is located on the shores of Lake Tana which, with its ancient island monasteries and the spectacular Tis Isat waterfalls, is the source of the Blue Nile.

Harar is a holy city famous for its ancient buildings, great walls and as a centre of learning and Muslim scholarship.

 

Ethiopia's many national parks enable the visitor to enjoy the country's scenery and its varied wildlife conserved in natural habitats and also offer opportunities for adventure and sports enthusiasts.

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When to go

The temperature in Ethiopia does not vary much over the year with average highs ranging from 18°C - 22°C and lows from 10°C - 14°C. The highest rainfall is expected between June and August peaking in August.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 3 Birr Amharic 5 hours