Ethiopia hides an incredible variety of places and ever diverse in nature, culture and History than any other African Country.
A must see places
Ethiopia hides an incredible variety of places and ever diverse in nature, culture and History than any other African Country. We have listed here some of these unimaginable places for you in short:
Lalibela “the Jerusalem Blacks “ and “ the Petra of Africa “ is a small town situated to 2500m of altitude ,where 100,000 people live basically of subsistence from agriculture and Tourism . It is famous for its array of eleven churches carved from a single blocks of rock exposure, between the late eleventh century and early twelfth, carved from Red Tuff. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The fabled seat of the Queen of Sheba and the reputed home of the Arc of the covenant .Axum used to be the capital city of the ancient Axumite Kingdom and a place to see giant granite carved stelae. It is the most mystic land with unexplored treasuries still to come out by the world scientists.
Located 50Km north of Lake Tana, at the foot of the famous Semien mountains, at 2200m above sea level .Also known as the “Camelot of Africa” was the capital of Ethiopia from its foundation 1632 by Emperor Fasil until 1886.See the medieval castles in a Camelot like setting and also the famous painted ceiling of the black angels of Debre Birhan Selassie church.
The Tribes of the Lower Omo River Valley
This part of the country possesses the cultural part of the tourism industry and is home of many indigenous, diverse and fascinating peoples and culture with over some 45 languages spoken by different ethnic origin. The southern region is rich in culture and diverse indigenous ethnic groups. The lower Omo valley is the home to an astonishing mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups like – Nyangatom, Karo, Konso, Tsemai, Bana, Ari, Mursi, Bodi, Hamer, and Dasenech people to name some among the most fascinating people and culture, whom you will visit during the cultural safari in the lower Omo valley.
Wonder around Erta Ale active volcano, and a rarity in the whole world for it is one of the only four volcanoes that have an active Lake of molten Lava in their summit crater .At this time the southern Lava Lake is more active and developing ever changing at the surrounding fissures .The level of both the Lava Lakes vary considerably,from about 200m below their crater rims to the very top and occasionally they overflow into the caldera like what happened in recent time of 2017 eruption and the construction of another fissure eruption at some point further down south . Dallol is another hydrothermal activity in the Northern part of the Depression at the bottom of the African rift, a salt dome - full of geysers, hot springs, acid lakes and fluorescent green pools encrusted with sulfur - emerges from an overheated plain. The hydrothermal site of Dallol results from the interaction between the salty Red Sea waters, the runoff and the heat from a magmatic chamber located well below 2,000 meters of salt.
Get closer to the rarest wolf in the world from the highest all weather road in Africa, 4000m above sea level. On the high Sanetti plateau, where the clouds hover over the sky and enjoy to be on top of the world. The Bale Mountain National Park is home to more locally endemic species of mammals than any other area of equivalent size on the planet. It belongs to the Bale-Arsi Massif, which forms the western part of the southeastern Ethiopian highlands .A large part of the park is above 3000m.a.s.l and actually this is the largest area at this altitude in Africa. The mountains preserve habitat and sustain life of many endemic and endangered species .It is home for the five distinctive mammals namely Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Bale Monkeys, Giant Mole Rat and Meneliks Bushbuck.
Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray
In the North West of Mekele and around, there are about 120 rock-hewn churches amid the most scenic of sedimentary mountains .Many of these amazing churches have beautiful paintings of the apostles ,the saints and others . The majority of these churches have been hewn out of the sandstone but not cut free from the rock so that, when you look up from the plain, in most cases they are not visible but you can walk easily from one to the other especially on the Geralta Mountains. People and the priests maintain the idea of carved during the 6th century but much more likely were carved, excavated and decorated by monks from the eastern Tigray during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Semien Mountain National Park
Take the road over the high plateau to visit the spectacular Landscape and sheer cliffs that will take your breath away. The Semien Mountain National Park is situated at 130Km North of Gondar. Covering an area of more than 400 Square Km situated at an altitude of 1900 meters at its lowest point and 4,533 meter a.s.l.at it’s highest, was established in 1969. It was one of the sites to be recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO .The Park is globally important for its biodiversity conservation it is home threatened species including the Iconic Walia Ibex, The Gelada Baboon, and the Ethiopian Wolf.
The Rift Valley
Ethiopia is cut diagonally by the Ethiopian Rift Valley, a Low- lying strip of land that separates the western and southeaster highlands by this remarkable feature of our earth. Visit national parks; see the aligned huge lakes, volcanoes, savanna grasslands, acacias and African wildlife including the beautiful Zebra and Oryx.
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