The oldest independent country in Africa, and perhaps one of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia sits at the heart of history and culture in the African horn. This is the only African nation to have escaped colonisation, making it a unique marker of cultural identity.
Here, you can witness the ancient customs and traditions of the Surmi, Afar, Mursi, Karo, Hamer, and Nuer tribes. You can hike the Simien or Bale mountains, trek through dry desert land, or skirt vast lakes and high plateaus. You can go in search of the Ethiopian wolf, or watch the graceful walia ibex cling to the rocky cliffs. You can see the breathtaking rock-hewn churches of Lalibela during a religious festival, when hundreds of white-robed pilgrims bear witness to Christianity in its most moving form. You can wander the 368 alleyways of Harar, among mosques, markets, and crumbling walls, and feast on the national dish, injera, feeding your mind and your soul with Ethiopia’s distinct mix of flavours – something to satisfy every taste.
With so much culture, history, and spirituality in one place, it is difficult to convey the full breadth of experiences available in this country. The fossils of the oldest once-living humans were discovered here, and 3.5 million years on, Ethiopia is still making history, one day, one journey, one memory at a time.
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