Things to do and see in Ethiopia

Best Areas to Explore?

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union and is acknowledged as the capital of Africa due to this. It has a wonderful combination of safety, great people, and cheap living. Visit a home to gorgeous churches, cathedrals, mosques, largest market in Africa and incredible night life. You can also unearth the museum that houses the oldest humanoid in the world. Don’t forget the lively and interesting capital, Addis Ababa, which can easily be called the capital of Africa. Once you head to the East you can visit the fourth most religious city for Muslims in Harar and feed hyenas.

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

642 kilometers from Addis Ababa is the so entitled “Eighth Wonder of the World” internationally renowned for its rock hewn churches. These monumental churches are thought to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of King Lalibela however some have been old-fashioned to the 10th century. These include; the most delicately finished and best preserved church, Bete Giyorgis and a residence to the Lalibela Cross at Bete Medhane Alem alleged to be the largest monolithic church in the world.

The Castles of Gondar

It is located 748 kilometers from Addis Ababa. Set up by Emperor Fasilidas in 1635, Gonder is a stylish city and was Ethiopia’s capital until the reign of Emperor Tewodros II, also well-known as Theodore. The settlement emerged as one of the prime and most popular cities with a great centre of commerce, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north-east. Decoration of its churches, design and many medieval castles still stand in such an excellent state of repair that it is possible to climb its stats all the way to the roof, which commands a breathtaking view over much of the city. Visit Gondar that happens to be the real life Camelot of Ethiopia with an entire castle complex that includes an entire complex of castles.

Axum historical and archaeological sites

This sight happens to be one of the oldest cities in Africa and a capital of the Axumite kingdom was once one of the four kingdoms of the world and a home to the Queen of Sheba whose ruined palace and bathing pool can still be found in and near the town. Axum is the hypothetical site of the Ark of Covenant and you can find some of the other best relics and artifacts in the center of the city.

The Blue Nile Falls

These shimmering falls can easily be reached 225km from Addis Ababa. Recognized in the vicinity as Abbay, the Blue Nile comes from Lake Tana that flows from Ethiopia to meet the White Nile in Khartoum to form the great river that gives life to Egypt and the Sudan. Nowhere is it more magnificent than when it thunders over the Tisisat Falls near Bahar Dar. This is one of the most awe-inspiring displays in Africa where millions of gallons of water tumble over the cliff face and into a gorge creating spectacular rainbows.

Lake Tana

With 37 islands spread about the surface of the Lake, Lake Tana (the largest lake in Ethiopia) shelters fascinating churches, monasteries with the most interesting being Birgida Mariam, Dega Estefanous, Dek, Narga, Tana Cherkos, Mitsele Fasiledes, Kebran and Debre Maryam. It is the source of the Blue Nile from where it initiates its elongated journey to Khartoum later to the Mediterranean. Cruising on Lake Tana is one of the most pleasant excursions for visitors to this region. For birdwatchers Lake Tana shores is an ideal place for both local and migratory birds. Other different species and a variety of habitats, from rocky crags to rain forests and important wetlands can be spotted. Male tourists can visit a principal monastery Kebran Gabriel with its impressive first built at the end of the 17th Century Cathedral Building.

The Rift Valley

Visit this landscape that is a part of the prominent East African Rift Valley with numerous hot springs, warm and enjoyable climate, a diversity of wildlife and fine-looking lakes that are suitable and safe for swimming and other water sports. Lakes Abiata and Shalla are ideal places for bird watchers.

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