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Ethiopia’s Top Destinations

Aksum, Tigray, Ethiopia

Aksum

The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles [...]

Gondor Castle Ethiopia

Gondar

Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa”, is home to the World Heritage site of Fasil Ghebbi. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, the city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private […]

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela

Lalibela is famous for its 11 rock-hewn churches and takes its name from King Lalibela who is credited with their creation in the 12th century. One of the world’s most incredible man-made creations, they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God. Most travel writers describe these churches as the “eighth wonder of the […]

Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Tigray Region

Simien Mountains National Park - Gelda

Simien Mountains National Park

One of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Simien Mountains National Park is a spectacular landscape formed millions of years ago. The area is made up of deep valleys and jagged peaks – many of which are over 4000m high – and includes Ras Dashan, Ethiopia’s highest site. Observation points at Gidir Got and […]

Afar Region

Afar Region

Tana Lake - Ethiopia

Lake Tana

Ethiopia’s largest lake is a place of great natural beauty, as well as great cultural and historical significance. Of its 37 islands, roughly 20 encompass ancient churches and monasteries dating back as far as the 14th century and containing exquisite frescoes and antique treasures. Lake Tana is also an excellent bird-watching site, with many migratory […]

Tumi Region

Tumi Region

Tumi is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region, one of the ethnic divisions of Ethiopia which is the homeland of the Amhara People. The region is known for the largest inland body of water, Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and Blue Nile Falls. In addition, Tumi forms part of fascinating […]

Bahir Dar - Nile Falls

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana which by some complication is not the source of the Blue Nile. The city, Ethiopia’s third largest grew from a Jesuit settlement, founded in the sixteenth or seventeenth century, and is home to one of Emperor Haile Selassie’s palaces. On the islands in the […]

Awash National Park

Awash National Park

Awash National Park

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

With a population of more than two million people, Addis Ababa is not only the political capital but also the economic and social nerve-centre of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, this big, sprawling, hospitable city still bears the stamp of his exuberant personality. More than 21,000 hectares in area, Addis Ababa is situated […]

Wonchi Crater Lake

Wonchi Crater Lake

Oromia Region

Oromia Region

Arba Minch

Arba Minch

Named after the many springs found in the area, the resort town of Arba Minch is located on the edge of Lake Chamo where it has a stunning view of the aptly named “Bridge of God”, an isthmus that separates Lake Chamo from the neighbouring Lake Abaya. This stretch of land is home to zebras, […]

Lake Chamo

Lake Chamo

Located in the Great Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia, the stunningly blue Lake Chamo is most famous for the large population of crocodiles that can be found on its shores. For those looking for tamer wildlife, the waters are also home to a variety of fish that includes tiger-fish, cat-fish and giant Nile perch, making […]

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Amhara Region

Located here is Ethiopia’s largest inland body of water, Lake Tana, which is the source of the Blue Nile river. The region also has the Semien Mountains National Park, which includes the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashan. Amhara is bordered by the nation of Sudan to the west, and the Ethiopian regions of Tigray […]

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Benishangul-Gumuz Region

Due to its lack of transportation and communications infrastructure, this region faces major challenges to economic development. The Abay divides Benishangul-Gumuz, and there is no bridge crossing this major river in the region. To travel between the regional capital of Assosa and Gilgil Beles, the capital of the Metekel Zone, one must pass through Walega […]

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Gambela Region

Previously known as “Region 12”, its capital is Gambela. The Region is situated between the Baro and Akobo Rivers, with its western part including the Baro salient. Located in Gambela is Gambela National Park, which covers approximately 5,061 square kilometers or 17% of the Region’s territory.

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Harari Region

Formerly named Region 13, its capital is Harar. It has the smallest land area of the Ethiopian regional states.

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Somali Region

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Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region

The SNNPR borders Kenya to the south (including a small part of Lake Turkana), the Ilemi Triangle (a region claimed by Kenya and South Sudan) to the southwest, South Sudan to the west, the Ethiopian region of Gambela to the northwest, and the Ethiopian region of Oromia to the north and east. Besides Awasa, the […]

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Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa lies in the eastern part of the nation, on the Dechatu River, at the foot of a ring of cliffs that has been described as “somewhat like a cluster of tea-leaves in the bottom of a slop-basin.” It is the second largest city in Ethiopia. The city is an industrial centre, home to […]