Tailor-made Ethiopia tours
Ethiopia is a very unique country. Here 12th century rock-hewn churches are in daily use. And 17th century castles are only recent history. Currently it is enjoying modernization. Yet it is able to hold on to the values of its past. In the north of the country, interesting small hotels are opening and others are being updated. So if you have ever held back from Ethiopia because the hotels were lacking, this could be the time to act.
We show some sample Ethiopia tours below. But in reality all our tours are tailor-made around your time, specific interests and budget.
Why visit Ethiopia?
Ethiopia is blessed with extensive natural variety and beauty. The landscape is very varied. The Great Rift Valley cuts through Ethiopia and creates a string of lakes towards the south. As you head down into the valley, you get to the depths of the Danakil depression in the Afar. This is actually 125 metres below sea level. This contrasts with the peaks of the Simien Mountains at 4,533m. In the Danakil the temperature can reach 50°C. Whilst elsewhere snow is not uncommon in the Simien or Bale highlands! In between the weather is mild and sometimes wet. This results in a green and lush landscape through much of the country.
Ethiopia is a very peaceful destination with so much to offer the traveller. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, look no further. An Ethiopia holiday could include the mysterious rock-cut churches of Lalibela, the enigmatic Stele park of Axum or the timeless Lake Monasteries of Lake Tana. You may like to hike in the Simien Mountains. Here you experience the dizzy heights of the Rift Valley Mountains with views of the valley 1500 m below. Or perhaps visit the historic walled city of Harar with its 99 mosques?
Ethiopia Tours: Religion & Culture
Religion is very much part of everyday life in Ethiopia. The Orthodox Church (dating from the 4th century) was established in the north. But in the south some tribes still follow their traditional beliefs. Whilst the Islamic faith is predominant in the west. Apart from some monasteries which do not allow women, everyone is welcome to visit. (Provided they remove their shoes and dress appropriately.)
Music is everywhere in Ethiopia. It is used as an accompaniment to the local dance which involves a lot of shoulder movement.
Coffee comes from Ethiopia. Everywhere you can participate in traditional coffee ceremonies, involving much smoke and incense, performed in many restaurants and at the roadside stalls.
Ethiopian Wildlife & Landscapes
The Simien Mountains are a great high-altitude trekking destination in northern Ethiopia. Here you will find the endemic Gelada baboon and a great number of birds. Further south in the Bale Mountains you will see mountain nyala and the rare Ethiopian wolf. And maybe even its odd-looking prey, the giant mole rat. Most of our Ethiopia tours include one of these wildlife areas.
Which Ethiopia Holiday to choose?
If you are torn between seeing the natural beauty of the country or the best of its history, then our Ethiopian tour, Northern Ethiopia History & Scenery offers both. This has the perfect combination of Ethiopia’s varied scenery as well as its famous churches and monasteries.
Below we offer a selection of Ethiopia tours. Have a look at the various regions of Ethiopia to decide what interests you most. Or check out Kate’s enthusiastic post on Why visit Ethiopia.
Also check out our blog on Ethiopia’s early and later history.