Ethiopia is arguably one of the hidden gems of Africawhich has been attracting a large number of tourists for last few years. Ethiopia is a country full of unique cultural heritage. Our country is blessed with a number of historical and natural landmarks out of which seven sites are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other than its rich history, Ethiopia is home to some of the most beautiful rugged mountains, rivers and lakes. Our incredible country also features a number of parks and forests which are home to exotic wildlife. Top it off with the beautiful tribal people of our country, the scrumptious food and the famous home-grown coffee. No matter which part of Ethiopia you are visiting, there is always something in every corner. Our country has so much to offer to its visitors but we are only going to mention top 7 must to do things in Ethiopia:
- Simien Mountains National Park
Widely recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Simien Mountains National Park is one the most beautiful tourist destination of Ethiopia. The park is often named as the “Grand Canyon of Africa” due to its deep valleys and plateau. There are many treks which go towards the park where you cannot only find the surreal landscapes but also a number of animals including walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf. You can book a guided tour that will take you around the park and will also explain you about its diverse history.
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Lalibela is truly a breathtaking landmark of Ethiopia. Lalibela consists of a unique church complex that includes 11 rock churches which were built in 12th or 13th century. All the churches are dug into the ground and they have unique architecture like no other in the country. Among all these churches, the Bete Giyorgis Church is by far the most beautiful and popular among visitors. The area around the churches is too remote with no population or any developed streets. Lalibela is also considered as the most important pilgrimage center for the Christians living in Ethiopia.
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- Danakil Depression
Danakil Depression is a place like no other on this earth. It is also considered as the hottest place in the world. The area consists of boiling hot springs, active volcanoes, salted basins and lava lake. The area looks spectacular due to its changing color. You cannot really think of walking around the area due to its hottest temperature. It is recommended to book guided tour to Danakil Depression and keep yourself well prepared in order to avoid any unforeseen circumstances due to extreme heat.
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- Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the largest city of Ethiopia and is definitely a must-see destination. The city is home to a number of incredible sites including Museums, cathedrals and monuments. Besides the tourist destinations, you’ll find delicious Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa. The city also offers some of the best coffee you’ll ever have in your entire life. When in Addis Ababa, you’ll find coffee from nearly every café and restaurant but you must try coffee from a local food chain called ‘Tomoca’. In short, there are plenty of interesting things to do in this amazing city of Ethiopia.
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Harar is a beautiful holy city of Ethiopia which is dating back to around 1500. It is also the oldest Islamic city in the continent. Harar is widely known for its spectacular city walls and historic buildings. It is home to around 100 Islamic mosques. This city is also very famous for its hyenas which come out at night. These animals get really friendly with the visitors especially those who feed them. Besides the mosques and hyenas, Harar features a number of unique museums and scrumptious traditional food.
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- Rift Valley
The Rift Valley is another hottest tourist destination of Ethiopia. The valley is home to a number of stunning lakes, hot springs and exotic African wildlife. For all the nature and animal lovers, Rift valley is no less than a paradise. You can stroll around the valley, witness the wildlife and even bathe in the hot springs which are widely known for their therapeutic purposes.
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- Omo Valley
If you want to meet the tribal people of Ethiopia, Omo Valley is a place to go. This valley is home to some of the friendliest indigenous people who are still living their true culture and haven’t been inspired by the modern world. You’ll find more than dozen tribes of people with painted faces wearing beautiful body ornaments. The valley is also very famous for its African Safaris which you won’t find anywhere else in Ethiopia.