Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. In the long and disturbed history of the African continent, Ethiopia remains the only country which has never been colonised. Ethiopia was a founding member of the UN and is home to the African Union’s headquarters. The Old Testament of the Bible records the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Jerusalem. In fact, historians believe that Ethiopia may well be the beginning of mankind. The fossils of the oldest living mankind or “Lucy” was discovered in the the northern section of Ethiopia. The remains of the fossil is said to be 3.5 million years old. There are so many things to discover on an Ethiopia tour.
After a long and difficult period under communist rulers, the country is now back on its feet. The long history assures that there are many historic sites in the country available for Ethiopia tours. The natural beauty, with high mountains, lakes, waterfalls as well as arid deserts are among the natural attractions travellers will find on an Ethiopia tour.
Highlights of an Ethiopia tour include the cities of Harar, Addis Ababa as well as the churches of Lalibela in the North. Rafting on the Omo River is spectacular too, but beware of crocodiles! There are also the numerous cultural villages and markets that make up the Omo Valley and are a must on an Ethiopia tour!
Ethiopia has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Unique among African countries, Ethiopia was never colonized, maintaining its independence throughout the “Scramble for Africa”, except for five years (1936-41) when it was under Italian military occupation. In 1974, its monarchist government was deposed, and replaced with a pro-Soviet military junta, which ruled Ethiopia for 17 years until the end of the Cold War.
Ethiopia was historically called Abyssinia, derived from the Arabic form of the Ethiosemitic name ḤBŚT, modern Habesha. In some countries, Ethiopia is still called by names cognate with “Abyssinia”, e.g., Turkish Habesistan, meaning land of the Habesha people. The English name “Ethiopia” is thought to be derived from the Greek word Αἰθιοπία Aithiopia, from Αἰθίοψ Aithiops “an Ethiopian”, derived from Greek terms meaning “of burnt (αιθ-) visage (ὄψ)”.
Ethiopia tours will delight and are a real immersion in culture. Explore below our range of Ethiopia tours and discover an Ethiopia tour today!
With a population of more than two million people, Addis Ababa is not only the political capital but also the economic and social nerve-center of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, this big, sprawling, hospitable city still bears the stamp of his exuberant personality. More than 21,000 hectares in area, Addis Ababa is situated in the foothills of the 3,000 meters Entoto Mountains and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillsides and gullies cut through with fast flowing streams.
Gondar (also spelled Gonder) is a royal and ancient historical city of Ethiopia. It was the home of many emperors and princesses who led the country from the 12th century to the last decade of the 20th century, including Emperor Suseneos, Emperor Fasiledes, Empress Mentwab, Iyasu I, Tewodros II and Empress Taitu. It is the home of the highest mountain in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, and the Simien Mountains National Park.
The Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe. Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 meters above sea level (m asl), covered with grasses, isolated trees (Erica &bored) and the bizarre Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) are found on the high plateau that ends abruptly at 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments.