Holidays in Ethiopia
Africa’s cultural centre
Steeped in rich history, and home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ethiopia is a destination for explorers.
From the paleontological significance of Addis Ababa, to the historical ruins of Axum or the churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia is a valuable insight into a thriving continent, relatively uninfluenced by Western civilisation. Not for the faint-hearted, Ethiopia makes for a fascinating sidetrack from your safari, or a rewarding exploration of sub-Saharan Africa.
The Churches of Lalibela
Dating back to the 13th century, and the time of King Lalibela, the Churches of Lalibela are hewn from red volcanic rock – a site of significant importance to Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, and a pilgrimage site for much of the country.
Founded outside of tradition by Emperor Fasiledes, Gondar became home to Ethiopia’s emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries – the fortress and its complex of buildings comprise many fascinating rooms that give a valuable insight into the country’s history.
Simien Mountains National Park
Part of the Simien Mountain massif, the Simien Mountains National Park is a significant biodiversity site, home to a number of threatened species including the Ethiopian wolf and the critically endangered Walia ibex. The park also includes Ras Dashen Mountain, the country’s highest peak.