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Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy Africa Travel Specialist
"Ethiopia offers a very different wildlife experience: it is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Swayne's hartebeest, all of which number only some 500 individuals, globally. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized, furtive Bale monkey."

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 city...
Awash National Park
This 756km2 national park on the border of the Afar and Oromia regions is readily accessible, being just 190km drive from Addis Ababa.Habitat is mostly comprised of dry, grassy plains, acacia scrub and there is some riverine woodland along the Awash River, as well as Doum palm groves at the...
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 own...
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...
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...
About a 90 minute drive from the nearest airport, Dire Dawaw, Harar is the fourth holiest city in Islam and the scene of the nightly hyena-feeding ritual.
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 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...
Tigray Region
In harsh and dry northern Ethiopia, this region includes well known sites such as Axum with its stelae (obelisk) park, Yeha with the pre-Christian Temple of the Moon; the Adwa Mountains and the marvellous Gerhalta area with its rock-hewn constructions and mountains. Adventurous visitors can now also explore the remarkable Danakil Depression in the even harsher Afar region. (It is accessible from Mekelle in Tigray).
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