EthiopiaEthiopia is one of the oldest independent nation in the world called Abyssinia.Ethiopia features highest and most stunning places on the African continent, such as dazzling Simien Mountains and lunar landscape of Danakil Depression.
Ethiopia is also one of Africa's greatest cultural destinations, it represents a melting pot of ancient Middle Eastern and African culturesand. English is the most widely spoken foreign language. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, the forests of the Kaffa region that coffea arabica grew wild. Ethiopian coffee is compared with the finest coffee in the world.
Visitors to Ethiopia are generally amazed by the stunning natural beauty of a country that is also incredibly rich in culture and history. The striking diversity of landscapes, ancient traditions and the people. Ethiopia is used to being overlooked as a tourist destination, but the country's unique attractions are slowly taking pride of place in East Africa, today the oldest independent nation on the continent welcomes visitors to experience her mosaic of ethnicity, a long and proud history and an abundance of stunning scenery.
Ethiopia beckons visitors to explore from the tops of its highlands, where mountains soar over 14000 feet / 4300 metres high, to the depths of the Danakil Depression situated 155 metres / 509 feet below sea level; to discover Abyssinian culture and traditions that date back over 3000 years, to experience ancient Islamic folklore, as well as the fascinating rituals and sacred ceremonies of the Ethiopian Church.
Ethiopia is also described as the Cradle of Humanity, home to the oldest human remains in the world, while at the same time its capital Addis Ababa, New Flower in Amharic, is home to the modern problems of urban migration, where people roam the streets in search a better life.
Northern Ethiopia holds the greatest attraction for visitors as one of the country's richest regions for culture, history and natural splendour. The Historic Route takes in the medieval city of Gondar, with more castles, palaces and churches than any other city in Africa. The ancient capital of the Queen of Sheba and Ethiopia's holiest city, Axum, where the original Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments is said to rest.
Ethiopia's top attraction, is undoubtedly the 13th century rock hewn churches of Lalibela, among the most incredible man made structures in the world, revered among Ethiopians and foreigners alike, the venue for some of the most famous religious festivals in Ethiopia. Astounding rock churches are believed to have been created with the help of angels.
The north also boasts the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, encompassing the fourth highest peak on the continent, the park providing fantastic hiking opportunities and a variety of wildlife. Bahar Dar city situated on Lake Tana is popular as a base from which to explore the intriguing monasteries built on the many islands scattered about the Lake Tana, as well as the Blue Nile Falls, which are the most impressive falls in Africa.