This nation is rich in culture, natural beauty and history. Its
stunning landscapes and ancient traditions leave people with a
lasting impression that dispels the myth that Ethiopia is just a
land stricken by drought and famine. Located in what is known as
the 'Cradle of Humanity', this nation provides an extraordinary
journey through spectacular landscapes and glorious vistas which
compete with wildlife reserves for the visitor's attention.
The Timkat - or Epiphany - religious festival is the most
important festival in the Ethiopian calendar. It is celebrated all
over Ethiopia but the best place to experience it is Lalibela.
Taking place in January, crowds of revellers dressed in white sing
in the streets to the sound of beating drums. Priests are adorned
in jewel encrusted velvet and satin robes where they perform mass
and bless the water. The procession culminates at the water source
where the followers baptise themselves by jumping into the water
The Omo River Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a totally
unspoilt area where a multitude of tribes co-exist in complete
isolation. The Mursi and Surma tribes are famous for the women who
wear large lip plates and the men who carry fierce fighting sticks.
Many of the tribes open their villages to visitors who will
experience old world charm and a fascinating insight into the lives
and cultures of these wonderful people.
The river running through the highlands of Ethiopia provides
unforgettable rafting adventures immersing you in deep forest
gorges and cascading waterfalls. Known as 'Africa's last great
wilderness', this region is also home to majestic wildlife such as
lions and elephants.
Simien Mountains National Park is a particularly stunning area
where you can stand atop this panoramic precipice and view the
amazing Abyssinian abyss. Sitting among the gelada baboons or
marvelling at the horned walla ibex, is a must for wildlife
enthusiasts. Fifty species of birds can also be seen in this area
but it is the protection of the rare mammals which inhabit this
lush region that offer the most rewarding experience.