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Welcome To Ethiopia

Safari In Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is a unique African country, which has been left out of the mainstream media since the defeat of the Derg in the 80’s, and the last drought which Bob Geldorf sought donor funding for relief for.

It is unique in Africa for several reasons. The northern two thirds of the country offer historical areas of interest found nowhere else. It is here that medieval castles still stand, from the 15th century and ancient Christian festivals attract 1000’s of worshippers annually.

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A Collection Of Life-enriching Experiences

Experiences On A Safari In Ethiopia.

Travel between destinations may be by vehicle, driving long distances to see the country side, or by scheduled flights which is very time consuming.

One tends to fly to specific destinations, and then drive from there to specific points of interest, as the landing strips are unreliable! Also, all destinations can only be visited by independent vehicle access, as nearly all of them are way off the beaten track.

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Axum

The capital of the AXUMITE EMPIRE. 400 BC – 10th Century. Located in the Tigray Region, near the ADWA mountains.

The Stelae or Obelisks: Axum was the first capital of ‘Ethiopia’, as we know it today, having been established in 5000BC! The massive stone carved obelisks are unique to this city, and are a prime reason for visiting. It is a World Heritage site, as well, and there are a plethora of historical sites in and immediately surrounding the city.

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Gondar

This wonderful mountain city is the site of possibly the most famous castles and palaces from the reign of KING FASILIDES. The ‘Royal Enclosure’ or FASIL GHEBBI, contains the finest examples of architecture of the period of 1635. Various castles and buildings remain in good repair, despite occupation by the Italian army, and subsequent damage during their defeat by British forces by the Italian army during the WW2.

One of the most important Christian ceremonies is held here annually, ‘TIMKAT’, at FASILIDES BATH, when the vast stone lined pool is filled with rainwater and the population believe that this ceremony heals and cleanses any who bath in it.

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Lalibela

Lalibela was named after a member of the ZAGWE dynasty (Gebre Mesel Lalibela) who ruled the country from the end of the 12th century to early 13th century AD. He was said to have seen Jerusalem, and modeled Lalibela after that city, before it was captured and plundered by the Muslim Saladin in 1187.

The famous rock-hewn churches are the biggest attraction here, and represent “humility and one-ness” within the church. These churches were created during his reign, and remain as functioning places of Christian worship to this day. There are twelve rock churches in a relatively small area in the town. Possibly the best known one, Saint Georges’ church, cut in the shape of a cross is the most photographed. It is possible to visit each one of the 12 which are in relatively close proximity.

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Omo Valley

The Omo Valley is the location of eight different tribes, comprising more than 20 different sub-groups, and each have their own customs and rituals which are totally unlike anything else found in the country. It is possible to drive into the Omo Valley, from a few lodges located within easy driving distance and see several of these tribes people in a day.

The Konso, Borana, Hamar, Bumi, Mursi and Karo are just a few of the tribal entities to see.

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Simien Mountains

The Simien Mountains are located in the very north of Ethiopia, and range in altitude from 3000 to 4550m asl. The sheer scale and inaccessibility of these mountains has kept them out of the way of 95% of western travelers. They were formed by a combination of volcanic activity and uplift. The basalt layer here is 3000m thick, and the three highest peaks are RAS DEJEN at 4550m, BIUAT at 4437m, and KIDIS YARET 4453m. Ras is the 10th highest mountain in Africa.

The best time to trek here is between October and February, as winter snowfall is common!

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