With a wealth of history, culture, archaeology, endemic wildlife, spectacular natural wonders, and the only un-colonized country in Africa, it is no wonder Ethiopia is labelled as unique.
Majestic mountains, fresh-water lakes, a lava lake, hot springs, UNESCO World Heritage sites, endemic wildlife, ancient history, culture, you name it, Ethiopia has it. The only un-colonized country in Africa, Ethiopia offers its visitors history, culture, and adventure, leaving you marvelling at the uniqueness of this diverse country.
Known as the Cradle of Mankind, it is Lucy’s home, a female 3.2 million year Australopithecus afarensis discovered in 1974 and fondly known as Dinkinesh (you are unique) in Amharic.
Several endemic wildlife and birdlife are found in Ethiopia. The Simien Mountains is home to the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian wolf, Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s bushbuck. The Bale Mountain Vervet monkeys are found in the bamboo forests of the Bale Mountains. Another habitat of the Bale Mountains is the black-maned Ethiopian lion. One of the most endangered animals in Ethiopia, the few remaining lions, wander the beautiful mountain forests and plateaus. In Ethiopia’s arid east are the Somali Wild Ass, found in the Afar region and further down south, you find the Swayne’s Hartebeest in Senkelle Sanctuary and Maze National Park. The Yellow-fronted parrot is located in the highlands and central Ethiopia.
Interesting fact: Coffee originated from Ethiopia and has remained one of its most popular drinks. You will find coffee shops and cafés at almost every corner of Ethiopia.
Best features of Ethiopia
Ancient Kingdoms of Axum, Lalibela and Gondar
Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
The Gheralta Mountains
The Danakil Depression
Simien Mountains National Park
Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls
Bale Mountains National Park
The Omo Valley
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region