A mystical yet often overlooked destination, Ethiopia is a land of various treasures. From historical and heartfelt to high-octane, this African destination spans the spectrum of adventure and presents an unforgettable experience for the steadfast traveller. You'll have the chance to explore ancient tombs one day, and hike through the Bale Mountains National Park the next. A number of available tours will assist in unveiling every experience, ensuring you get the most out your time spent in Ethiopia.
Don't miss these Ethiopia attractions
- Hiking tours through the highlands
- The tombs of Aksum
- Addis Ababa private tours
- The markets of Mercato
- World Heritage-listed Lalibela
Highlands and Lost Tribes
Located at an altitude of about 2,300 metres, you don't even have to trek to one of the ranges to encounter mountain mysticism in Ethiopia. The country's highlands reward travelers with a dramatic landscape of verdant cliffs, snaking rivers and impressive waterfalls. It is also peppered with historic ruins that tell the tale of one of the world's oldest civilizations.
Hiking tours are available through the highlands, providing the chance to explore these remote reaches with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Start in the capital Addis Ababa and begin a trek that will have you taking in such sites as the 11 rock-hewn churches at World Heritage-listed Lalibela, the unique wildlife found throughout the region and the Blue Nile Falls.
Life in the city
There is no better place to get a better feel for the Ethiopian lifestyle than the cities. Addis Ababa is a great place to start, offering up such amazing experiences as the Mercato – Africa's largest open air market. Tour this buzzing hub of activity to mingle with locals and pick up the unique wares of this country.
The once capital Gondar is where you can uncover a fascinating royal complex which has earned the city the nickname 'the Camelot of Africa,' while Aksum is where to get lost and found in a network of underground tombs and crumbling ruins of what is believed to be the Queen of Sheba's palace.