Thinking of doing some Ethiopia travel in the future? You're in for a treat! Bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea, Ethiopia is the oldest country below Africa's Sahara Desert. Ethiopia began with a Solomon dynasty, believed established by the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The following centuries established small kingdoms and feudal lands while the Christians and Muslims fought wars over the territory. All this history creates some great scenery. Landmarks from ancient times to the medieval period to contemporary times cover the entire country.
The terrain is challenging for hikers, yet worth the effort for exploration. The Simien Mountains is a natural wealth of scenic views, birds and baboons. Backpackers can explore the grottoes and hidden crypts carved out of volcanic rock and stone in the ancient city of Lalibela. Lake Tana houses an old island monastery, while the city of Aksum offers 17th century castles and Russian tank ruins from the 20th century.
Ethiopians are proud of their heritage. Craftsmen preserve the handmade methods for the fine skilled work of weaving, ceramics and woodcarvings from generation to generation. The baskets, bowls and incense holders are among the collection of crafts that serve functional purposes, as well as artistic ones.
Ethiopia travel can be a mentally and physically strenuous journey. The climate is often very hot and torrential downpours occur frequently in the rainy season. Ethiopia is currently in a major drought that has reached emergency conditions and is relying on aid from the USA.
Suspected terror attacks threaten Adis Ababa and military fighting occurs on the border frequently between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Vigilant travelers should carefully monitor travel advisories for this fascinating country.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Currency: Birr (ETB)
Electricity Voltage: 110/220V
Calling Code: 251
Popular Travel Destinations:
- The Blue Nile Falls (Tisisat Falls)
- The Sof Omar Cave
- The Rift Valley
Official Website: www.tourismethiopia.org
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.