"Not all those who wander are lost."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Ethiopia Travel Guide

Semien Mountains

Simien Mountains National Park, located to the north of Gondar, is perhaps the main reason to why Ethiopia deserves being named the roof of Africa. 1500 meter cliffs, and a view that will make you shake your head in disbelief, is the reason why the Semien Mountains has been portaited in BBC nature programs again and again.

Simien Mountains became in 1978 one of Africas first UNESCO sites.

Southern Tribes

Along the banks of the Omo River to the south, we find some of Ethiopias until recently isolated tribes.

The tribes have preserved their lifestyle practically intact up to the present. The people express their creativity and their esthetic sensibility through painting their body and by creating colorful hairstyles.

The different tribes are active on market days, and our tours to the south are planned with that in mind.

The coffee tree originates from Ethiopia, from the region known as Kaffa.

The coffee tree carries highly scented white flowers, and the berries takes nine months to ripen. Harvest season is october - december.
"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls."
- Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

Lalibela is home to Ethiopias pilgrimage and home to one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Eleven churches are carved from the living rock, and is today widely accepted to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem.
Bale Mountains

The Bale Mountains National Park covers 2200 square kilometers with alpine terrain, and is concidered a hotspot for many of ethiopias endemic species.

The park also contains the Harenna Forest, a rainforst situated to the south of the mountains which is a largely unexplored area thought to contain many undiscovered species of reptile, as well as lion, leopard and various types of antelope.
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, and is also referred to as hub of Africa. It is the seat for African Union's headquarter and many international organizations.

Addis Ababa is famous for its numerous hotels, restaurants and pulsating nightlife. If you are a music lover, you will also appreciate Addis Ababa's famous concert venues for jazz and reggae.
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- Michael Palin