Processing through the streets at dawn to Queen Fasilides Bath in Gondar for the Orthodox Epiphany ceremony of Timkat.
Amelia, Original Traveller
Ethiopia is one of the most fascinating countries on the African continent. It is an intriguing mixture of culture, religion, peoples and landscapes - what more could you want from an intrepid African adventure?
Why we think you’ll love it
- The diversity - the north is all about history and culture, whilst the south is all about tribes and landscapes. Combine the two and you're onto a winner
- The Tigrayan highlands in the north east of the country boast a spectacular landscape, as well as colourful endemic bird species and rare wildlife, including the black maned lion
- Ethiopians love to celebrate, dance and sing, so be sure to travel over a festival period for the ultimate Ethiopian experience - the people are happy, smiling, and some of the most beautiful you'll ever see
From the gallery
Ethiopia Holidays: The Detail
Ethiopia is a country of contrasting landscapes and an absorbing cultural heritage. Northern Ethiopia is a treasure trove of historical capitals where religious customs from the Middle Ages continue to thrive - the Queen of Sheba's Axum, Lalibela with its 13th century rock-hewn churches, and Gondar, capital in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here too is Lake Tana, home for hundreds of years to several island monasteries and also the source of the Blue Nile, which makes its way over the nearby Tissisat Falls and all the way to the White Nile at Khartoum.
Did you know
- More than 70% of Africa's Mountains are found in Ethiopia
- 84 languages are spoken in Ethiopia
- It is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites - more than any other African country
- Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia
- The Ethiopian national dish is called 'wat' and is a hot, spicy stew served with injera (a large spongy pancake)
The Original Travel team has extensive travel experience of the country and can arrange guided treks into the habitat of the gelada baboon in the Simien Mountains (nicknamed God's chess set for their weather eroded shapes), or through the Bale Mountains to the south, home to the endangered Ethiopian wolf.
South of Addis Ababa, the Rift Valley is punctuated with a series of lakes (many bordered pink with thousands of flamingos), and descends to Kenya via the territories of tribes whose way of life has not changed for centuries.
Ethiopia is home to some of the most spectacular, beguiling and beautiful landscapes in the world - and many of them are considered sacred.