Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains

The park is made up of a rocky massif, which slopes down to grasslands – the massif is cut by streams and gorges. The national park has three general botanical regions. The lower slopes have been cultivated and grazed, while the alpine regions (up to 3600m) were forested, although much of it has now disappeared. … Read moreSimien Mountains

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Rift Valley Lakes

Lakes Lagano, Abiata and Shala are perhaps the most popular of the seven – one lake is blue, one is silver and one is brown. Abiata and Shala form a designated national park, but this doesn’t mean much in practice. Lake Abiata is shallow, with heaps of birds, while Lake Shala sits at the bottom … Read moreRift Valley Lakes

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History & Background: Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Sub Saharan Africa. The earliest evidence of Ethiopian history was in about 1000BC when the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon. Unique among African countries, the Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from the colonial rule throughout the twentieth century, with the exception of the Italian … Read moreEthiopia

Blue Nil Falls

Bahar Dar

Lake Tana is scattered with islands, many of which are home to monasteries. Some of these monasteries were built as long ago as the 11th century, and most were built before the 16th century. The most popular monasteries are Ura Kidene Meret, Kebran Gabriel (not open to women) and Debre Maryam. Known locally as Tis … Read moreBahar Dar

People Outside the church

Addis Ababa

The city’s Ethnographic Museum is an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia’s rich ethnic diversity. It has an impressive array of religious crosses, triptychs and murals, as well as Haile Selassies’s bedroom and bathroom. The National Museum is much smaller, but it does have the fossils of the 3.5-million-year-old ‘Lucy’, perhaps our earliest ancestor. … Read moreAddis Ababa

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