HISTORY AS OLD AS TIME ITSELF
For this is a land of origins. It is the cradle of humanity, it was in Ethiopia where humans first began to walk upright, including our celebrated ancestors - Lucy (3.2 million years old), Salam, (3.3 million years old) and Ardi (4.4. million years old) that are among Ethiopia’s rich prehistoric and paleontological heritage. It is also the source of the Blue Nile and the origin of one of life’s best pleasures – coffee, Ethiopia’s gift to the world.
Today, Ethiopia has a dynamic present, but its history stretches back to before recorded time. This land abounds in mysteries- the Queen of Sheba, the resting place of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant – and in the extraordinary achievements of ancient civilizations– Axum, the first Hejira from Mecca to Alnegashi , the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the colorful holy Islamic city of Harar, all of them shows the extraordinary achievement of Ethiopia’s past.
The only uncolonized country in Africa, Ethiopia has also its own alphabet, calendar & numeric system Ethiopia is a land of origins and its history- mysterious mix of myth, legend and fact, therefore Ethiopia invites to discover why it is the origin of so much history.
A MOSAIC OF CULTURES LIVING IN HARMONY
Ethiopia’s rich diversity, arising from its history and in tune with its beautiful settings, is dynamic and alive with energy and excitement. Here you can witness how churches and mosques are neighbors and you will feel welcomed both at the extraordinary underground churches of Lalibela and inside the walled Muslim city of Harar.
This is a living kaleidoscope of peoples drawn from many different ethnic backgrounds and speaking more 80 different languages, united in mutual respect and a genuine warmth towards guests in the land of which they are so proud.
Flamboyant and spiritually uplifting, Ethiopia’s religious and cultural festivals give you the chance to be part of an experience unlike any other. Ethiopian food is one of the world's most unique, fascinating and delicious cuisines. In addition to its flavorful dishes, stews, and spices, Ethiopian cuisine also features a strong culture around how food is served and shared with friends and family.
DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES OF EXTRAORDINARY CONTRASTS
Traveling across Ethiopia you experience great heights and plummeting depths unfolding at every awe-inspiring turn. From the majestic Afro-Alpine Simien Mountains and the softer Bale Mountains, both in the highlands, to the Danakil Depression - the lowest and hottest place on Earth.
For Ethiopia has peaks over 4000m, weird and wonderful geothermal features, hot springs, active volcanoes and huge salt beds but also lush rain forests and fertile farmlands, rolling savannah and cool underground caverns. And fast flowing rivers, stunning waterfalls and glistening lakes such as those dotting the Great Rift Valley - the only geographical feature visible from the moon.
A LAND OF RARE SPECIES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITATS
The range of terrain and climate make Ethiopia the fourth largest biodiversity zone on Earth – with more unique species of flora than any other country in Africa – and a wildlife lover’s paradise.
Touring Ethiopia you will see the world’s rarest wolf, the twisted horned, shaggy mountain Nyala and the shy Walia ibex. You will enjoy mingling with the gelada baboons in their natural habitat and you may even have the chance to spot the Abyssinian lion with his black mane. There’s all this plus typical African fauna such as elephants, hippos and zebras.
So diverse and precious are all these natural resources that Ethiopia now has 24 national parks and four Biosphere Reserves to preserve and protect them.