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Sat at the crossroads between East Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopia is located within a peninsula known as the Horn of Africa. From the highlands of the Simien and Bale Mountains to the churches of Lalibela and the unique wildlife found roaming epic landscapes, an Ethiopia vacation has something for everyone.
As the only African country to escape European colonization, it offers a fascinating insight into the continent’s history, while Middle Eastern influences run throughout its culture and food. Traveling to Ethiopia is ideal for intrepid adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history lovers alike, and with Lightfoot Travel the itinerary is customized to every need.
Ethiopia has much to offer wildlife lovers. The rare Ethiopian wolf lives in the Bale Mountains, while gelada baboons can only be seen in the Simien Mountains. Wild hyenas prowl in Harar, and the birdlife here is among the most diverse on the continent.
For culture and history lovers, the capital of Addis Ababa provides a melting pot of influences. You’ll find a rich variety of foods, entertainment and art, with plenty to see and do. Take in the sights of monuments and museums, go shopping, and get to know the friendly locals.
In Northern Ethiopia, discover the city of Bahir Dar. Here, you can enjoy the history and art of monasteries, churches and galleries, or the breathtaking sights of the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, and more.
In Southern Ethiopia, travel through the Great Rift Valley, glimpsing at African wildlife, before relaxing in the resort city of Hawassa. Or venture into South Omo, where you will discover ancient traditions from a variety of ethnic groups.
The human story began in Ethiopia over 3.2 million years ago with Lucy, our oldest ancestor. Here, you can witness the ancient customs and traditions of Omo Valley tribes such as the Surmi, Afar, Anack, Mursi, Karo, Hamer and Nuer, stretching back to ancient times.
Alternatively, delve into the breathtaking nature of the country by exploring the Simien Mountains National Park. Hike up the mountain peaks to take in the incredible views, trek through dry desert land or skirt vast lakes and high plateaus. Wildlife lovers can go in search of the rare Ethiopian wolf or watch the graceful walia ibex cling to the rocky cliffs.
After your adventures, relax in one of the many charming cities the country has to offer, learning their history through museum visits, sightseeing, and strolling through vibrant markets.