Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Senior travel and product specialist
"Ethiopia offers a radically different African experience - the historical sites, unusual wildlife and the people - notably of the South Omo - are utterly fascinating."
Ethiopia

Places To Go In Ethiopia

Addis Ababa
The world’s third highest capital, Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s gateway city with more than enough to keep visitors entertained for a day or two. The starting point of any tour of Ethiopia, Addis is a busy and vibrant city, one of Africa’s most interesting urban centres. The...
Axum
Once the centre of a far-reaching empire, Axum is known for its extraordinary stelae and for the Mariamtsion Church, said to house the Ark of the Covenant. From around 200 BC to 700 AD, Axum was the seat of an empire that reached across the Red Sea to Arabia, traded with India and China, had its...
Bahir Dar & Lake Tana
Although an attractive little city in its own right, the chief reason for visiting Bahir Dar is that it is the gateway to Lake Tana and the Blue Niles Falls. The area is distinguished by an extraordinary concentration of monasteries, set round a wetland rich in endemic birds, fish and a pod of...
Bale Mountains
The 2400 sq km Bale Mountains National Park, 400 km south of Addis Ababa, is the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat in the whole of Africa. It is the best place to see Ethiopia's endemic mammals and birds and offers unbeatable mountain walking. Bale Mountain is a region of high-altitude...
Gondar
The former capital of Ethiopia, Gondar is noteworthy for its medieval castles, Timkat celebrations and the unique church of Debre Berhane Selassie. The Emperor Fasilidas founded Gondar as his imperial capital in 1636. It was the capital and a great commercial centre from the 17th to the mid-19th...
Lalibela
Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ethiopia’s 'must-see' destination, a mixture of intriguing legends, awe-inspiring architecture and an absorbing history. Its famous rock-hewn churches have been places of pilgrimage for over 800 years and continue to draw both the...
Omo (South Omo and Konso)
As our friend Philip Briggs wrote in the 7th edition of his superb Bradt Guide to Ethiopia, NOTHING can prepare you for region encapsulating Konso and South Omo. People come to this remote part of Ethiopia to see (and photograph) the truly remarkable people who live here - people...
Simien Mountains
The Simien Mountains National Park is one of Ethiopia's many UNESCO World Heritage Site and presents some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. Great volcanic plugs, formed 40 million years ago, have been eroded into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains. These...
The Ethiopian Rift Valley
Divided into two parts, the Northern and Southern Rift Valley, the former is one of the country’s least visited regions and includes the Awash National Park, a rewarding site for wildlife and birds of the Horn of Africa.The Southern Rift Valley or lakes region is far better known, including...
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