Testing, awe-inspiring and heartbreaking – a journey you’ll never forget. You don’t explore Ethiopia for a relaxing getaway, you venture here to be moved. And moved you shall be.
Although it’s anything but desert wasteland or a perpetual home of famine and war, Ethiopia is monetarily poor and travel here is tough, both physically and mentally. However, those willing to take some doses of displeasure with Ethiopia’s bounty of treasure will be pleasantly rewarded.
Wade through incense into a medieval world hewn from stone in Lalibela, and watch the line between past and present blur while taking part in striking Christian ceremonies that haven’t changed in 1000 years. Ethiopia)’s storied and sovereign history has left its wide-ranging and fertile highlands laden with historical treasures, ranging from the ancient tombs and obelisks of Aksum to 17th-century castles and burnt-out Russian tanks. Many are more than a peek into the nation’s past; they are a giant two-footed leap. Ethiopia’s landscapes are no less dramatic, and range from the Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park, which proffer tremendous trekking and innumerable interactions with dozens of animals and birds seen nowhere else on earth, to the Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia, an enchanting and unforgivingly hostile environment offering extreme adventure. The remote lowlands in the sultry southwest are also home to untold adventures and house some of Africa’s most fascinating tribes.
For the truly brave to travel on your own, there are bargains to be had- however highly recommended to truly explore the country would be a small group tour as per Lonely Planet’s recommendations. Here are a few for your perusal…..
- Comfort Travelling: Peregrine’s Lost Tribes of Ethiopia– a 14 day trip experiencing the culture, the people, the scenery and the wildlife priced from just $3345. Why not consider adding on a couple of destination extensions- a visit to historic Lalibela or Harar- located on the east wall of the Great Rift Valley.
- A moderately paced trip Discover Ethiopia with Exodus- 13 days from $2975. This trip offers a wide variety of travel and is highly rated by many of their travellers. Another possibility offered with Exodus is their Wildlife of Ethiopia trip priced from just $1925 for 11 days, or even their challenging Ethiopia: Simien Mountains Trek priced at $3060 for 13 days.
- For those with a lower budget looking to immerse yourself in the country, consider an Intrepid Basix trip- Ethiopian Highlands, travelling overland and with accommodations including both hotels and camping. Priced from just $2033 for 21 days, this trip will be an adventure to remember….not for those who like their creature comforts however!
For these trips, plus more to Ethiopia, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can explore possibilities together!