Both Illona and Bridget are totally captivated by Ethiopia. After heaven knows how many visits to Ethiopia, they can confidently steer you through the right choice of accommodation, itinerary and length of stay.
Why we like Ethiopia
Ethiopia's landscape is magnificent, the people incredibly welcoming and the sense of history tangible. The old decorative art in the churches, the castles at Gondor, the rock-cut churches at Lalibela and the 1,700-year-old monolithic stelae at Axum are all inspiring. Ethiopia is fascinating, both historically and culturally, a magical country to visit.
The focus of most holidays to Ethiopia is on the natural world, and there are parts of the country to delight any nature lover. The wildlife is truly unique with Ethiopian wolves, Gelada baboons and Walia ibex to be found in the Simien and Bale Mountains. A good starting point is our Highlights of Ethiopia itinerary.
What to expect on your Ethiopia Holiday
If spas, luxury hotels and fine food are high on your list of priorities, then Ethiopia is probably not for you. The standard of accommodation has improved with the emergence of a few new and exciting properties, but a holiday to Ethiopia is about what surrounds you rather than the luxuries in life.
What you will find is a safe, delightfully friendly country of dignified people. A country that will smash all your preconceived ideas. Ethiopia is one of the most unusual countries in Africa, complete with myth, wonder, relics and stories of emperors and queens. It is said to be home to the Ark of the Covenant and Harar is the fourth most important haj city of Islam.
One of the first countries to adopt the Christian faith, northern Ethiopia tells a story of persecution of Christians by the Arabs and dogged resolution. In the south, the roots of Africa dig deep into a remote and esoteric tribal wilderness.
Some ideas for an Ethiopian holiday
- Plan your visit to coincide with a Christian festival
- No visit is complete without seeing the remarkable rock-cut monolithic churches at Lalibela
- Try a few days trekking in the beautiful Simien or Bale Mountains
- If time allows head south to the tribal areas, where women have large lip plates and men indulge in bull jumping and stick fighting
- Soak in the tranquillity of Bishangari Lodge
- Visit Harar, the only predominantly Muslim city in Ethiopia, which was founded in the 7th century
Beyond the Ordinary
- Venture onto the depths of the western Omo (not on the tourist route) or to the hottest place on earth: the Danakil Depression
- For the ultimate holiday, explore Ethiopia by helicopter and visit otherwise inaccessible areas
Call our travel experts on 01285 655011 to start planning your Ethiopia holiday.