Simien Mountains National Park
The scenery in the Simiens is some of the most spectacular in the world.. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from around the world with awe. Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3’600 meters above sea level, covered with grasses, isolated trees and the bizarre Giant Lobelia are found on the high plateau. The wildlife in the Simiens is unique. Three species are not found anywhere else in the world. The favorite is of course the Gelada monkeys which can be gound in groups of up to 500. It takes time to see a Simien wolf but with a little patience they can be found. The Walia Ibex is also unique to this area. Leopard, klipspringer, bushbuck, jackal and hyena are also found. The rich wildlife and incredible landscape were the reasons why the park was given the UNESCO World Heritage label.
Bale Mountains National Park
Located 400 km southeast of Addis Ababa, Bale Mountains National Park contains a spectacularly diverse landscape. The high altitude, afro-montane Sanetti Plateau rises to over 4’000m and includes the highest peak in the southern Ethiopia highlands. This undulating plateau is marked by numerous glacial lakes and swamps and surrounded by higher volcanic ridges and peaks. The southern slopes are covered by the lush and largely unexplored Harenna Forest. Bale Mountains National Park is the perfect destination for hikers, wildlife watchers, culture and nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and more! Explore one of the highest parks in Africa by horseback, go fishing or experience an authentic community trying local coffee and honey! One of the best sites to spot the rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf is on the spectacular Sanetti Plateau as the sun rises.
Awash National Park
The Awash National Park is located in the lowlands at the heart of the rift valley, east of Addis Ababa (approx. 250 km) adjacent to the Awash River. It is one of the finest nature reserves in Ethiopia. The Awash River is one of the major rivers of the Horn of Africa and waters important agricultural lands in the northeastern parts of Ethiopia. The Awash National Park, surrounding the dormant volcano of Fentale, is a reserve of arid and semi-arid woodland and savannah, with riverine forests along the Awash River. Forty-six species of animals have been identified, including Beisa Oryx gazelles, wild pigs, dik-dik, baboons, kudus, giant tortoise, hippos, aardvarks, hyrax, and Colobus monkeys. Bird life is prolific, particularly along the river and in forest area, 392 species have been recorded.
Lalibela is a small town found in the northern Ethiopia highlands and is acclaimed as the holiest city in Ethiopia after Aksum. The area is mostly a rocky highland area where many pilgrims flock to some of the oldest churches in the world.
The town lifestyle resembles the life in Jerusalem although many of the people in Lalibela are orthodox Christians. The town hails from the 12th century reign of St Gebre Mesqul Lalibela from whom the town gets its name. At the tome the town was called Roha. Lalibela in Amharic means a swarm of bees which is a sign that surrounded the Gebre at birth giving a sign of his special status of a future king.
Rock Churches in Lalibela
The monolithic churches were carved out of rocks during the reign of Emperor Lalibela Gebre during the 13th century in Lalibela. The churches were built in 4 different parts of Lalibela with the north being home to Beta Medhane Alam the largest church popularly known for the Lalibela cross. In the west is Beta Giyorgist which remains in use to the present day and from the east is Beta Ammanuel which is believed to be the former royal chapel among others. There are 13 monolithic caves were carefully carved out of a red colored rock only attached to the original rock at the base and only 4 of these churches are free standing…Beta Medhane Alem (the house of the savior of the world), Beta Ghenetta mariam (house of Mary), Beta Giyorgist (Houts of St George) and Beta Ammauel (house ofEmmanuel). All these churches resemble normal buildings individual architectural designs with windows and large entrances.
Acting as the best way to get to the Lake Tana monasteries, the Bahir Dar is a city that is found in the south east of the Lake Tana making it one of the main cities in Ethiopia. Getting to Bahir Dar is quite easy as you can either use air transport or a bus since the roads are not all that bad and they are being worked on by the government. The city being next to Lake Tana, you will have access to a lot of things that will make your trip worthwhile and these are:
The Azwa Mariam monastery
The Azwa Mariam monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries in Bahir Dar despite the fact that it has been around for many centuries. It is after your visit to the Azwa that you will get to know that their bible has 88 books as compared to the bible that is used around the world and these 88 bible books are illustrated across the walls of the inside the church telling the different bible stories in pictures. It is also the one place where deacons go to sit for their exams before being ordained as full priests.
Blue Nile Falls
The Blue Nile falls are located in the south eastern part of Bahir Dar and they are some of the top tourist destinations in the city. Also known as the Tis Abay, the falls provide a good backdrop for all photographers and it is also the perfect relaxing place after hiking around the Bahir Dar. The Falls are just an hour away from the city Centre and some of the activities that you can carry out around the Tis Abay include picnics, bird watching due to the presence of the different bird species around the falls and not forgetting the trek around the falls.
It is hard to actually have access to the Blue Nile falls alone that is why you need to go with a tour guide to take you around the falls and to make sure that you do not get lost.
Gondar city is referred to as the Camelot of Africa because of the way that it was constructed and the beauty that it emits. Many tourists have visited the city just so that they get a proper look at the city which is also known as the city of royal blood and this name came about because most emperors of Ethiopia resided in this city and their mark can be felt by anyone who visits the city. When visiting Ethiopia, many people look at animals and other things but never think about the castles that are hidden within the country and this is where Gondar city comes in. it’s a home to the famous Fasiladas castle which was constructed by the Emperor Fasiladas and many churches which were constructed by different emperors.
How was Gondar city formed?
Gondar city was formed one of Ethiopia’s Emperors known as Emperor Fasiladas in the 16th century. The Gondar city is extremely fertile and that is why the emperor chose it and settled here. There is a legend that the emperor was led to the place by a raging buffalo to the pool in the area and when he got there, he was advised by a wise man who told him that he would prosper if he built his city there and that is exactly what he did. The pool was filled and then construction of the castle started and that is how the Gondar city was built. When the construction of the palace was done, the emperor also built churches during his time and that is why you will find several churches in the Gondar city.
Tigray Rock Churches
The Tigray churches are located in the highlands of Ethiopia in the North Eastern part in the towns of Axum and Makele. They were declared a UNESCO heritage and they are the oldest Orthodox churches in Ethiopia and they are a bit hard to access especially if it is your first time to access them. The churches in Tigray amount to over 120 in number and these are divided into five main groups. The groups allow you easy access to the churches because you cannot visit them one at a time as it is extremely hard for one to see one church at a time. The Tigray churches are believed to have been built using hands and from rocks which makes them a good site to visit for anyone who loves adventure. Most tourists visit the Tigray churches to get to know more about the ancient churches, trekking up the mountains in the Tigray and meeting up with the locals. Sometimes we do not want to take tour guides with us when visiting the different places in Ethiopia but if you have decided to visit the Tigray churches, then you will need to go with one because they will help you while climbing up the mountain, translate for you when there is need and tell all the history that you need to know about the churches.
The Tigray churches are like caves and they are believed to have been constructed in the 15th Century and they were all constructed at the top of the Mountain. The journey up to see the churches is quite hectic in that you will reach a point where you will have to rock climb with your bare hands before getting to your final destination.
The Danakil Depression marks the northern end of the Great Rift Valley on the African mainland, the point where Earth’s forces are most actively tearing the continent apart. It is an extremely arid, hot desert area which stretches from the coastline of Eritrea through north-eastern Ethiopia and western parts of Djibouti. The Danakil is an area of outstanding geological interest, providing a unique window on the underlying processes which have created the Earth’s continents and land masses. Here, in relatively close proximity, geological features associated with the splitting of continental land masses are clearly seen, including intense volcanic activity (with one of the few permanent lava lakes on the planet on Mount Erta Ale), hot sulphur springs elaborately decorated with extraordinary coral-like formations as well as salt-encrusted lake beds. An expedition to the Danakil Depression will always be a unique adventure!
Erta Ale volcano
Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression. It is famed for its persistent lava lake which has been active during most of the past decades since it was first discovered in the 1960s. Erta Ale is only 613 m high, but as typical for a shield volcano has a very gentle slopes and a large 40 km diameter base. The summit is truncated by a complex, elongated 1700 x 600 m wide caldera which contains vast lava flows and several larger and smaller pit craters, most notably the active north and south crater, which contains the lava lake at present. Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil, and had become a popular tour destination in recent years.
The Omo Valley Ethiopia
The Omo Valley is located in the southern part of Ethiopia and it is one of the few regions in the country that is filled with a sub Saharan touch and tropical feel in Ethiopia. The border of Kenya is just 30 kilometers away from Ethiopia and it is believed that the current population in the Omo valley migrated from Kenya due to the fact that they used to travel in between the two countries when moving with their animals in search of water and food.
The Omo valley is one place in Ethiopia where you get to see the numerous things that you might not find anywhere else in the country. The beauty about visiting this place is that it is extremely secure to visit and you will have a tour guide with you all the time and they will help you when it comes to translations, keeping you safe since most of them are licensed to carry guns and explain all the things that you might not understand.
As earlier on mentioned there are several things that make the Omo valley a paradise that you should visit and this is why we are here to make your trip memorable. We will help you organize a trip to the Omo valley by providing you with the best itineraries so that you get to enjoy your stay without worry. Below are some of the experiences that you will have when you visit the Omo valley in Ethiopia.
Cultural experience in the Omo valley
The Omo Valley has several groups of people who are live in the Omo valley and these give it the uniqueness especially when it comes to cultural practices, religion, dress code, rituals and other practices that will make your trip to the valley memorable. Some of the tribes that you will find when you visit the Omo valley include:
Harar was established by Sultan Abu Beker Mohammed in 1520. Harar, the Holy City of Ethiopia’s Muslim community, is believed to be the fourth-holiest city for Muslims after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The old City Wall of Harar is the main attraction and symbol of Islamic architecture. Harar has approximately 90 mosques, which form the largest concentration of mosques in the world. At one time, non-Muslims were forbidden from the old city, but today, all visitors are most welcome to walk its alleyways with their unique homes, colorful markets, and numerous mosques. Everry night just beyond the old city’s walls, hyenas gather to be fed by a brave Harari. While tourists enjoy or may even participate in the show, the tradition actually has roots in an old belief that taking care of the hyenas would result in peace and prosperity for the city.