ETHIOPIA

HORN OF AFRICA

The Gifted Land

country of breathtaking scenery that changes constantly as you travel through the different regions.  A country of old and such rich culture which expresses itself in the many historical sites and cities.  A country of peace with a democratic elected government.

However it is the people of Ethiopia who truly round out the character of this intriguing land, with their deep rooted hospitality and always smiling faces, they will give you the welcome any guest of Ethiopia deserves.  It is not only the beautiful nature, wonderful people or the historical sites that make a visit to Ethiopia one you will never forget.  Also delight in…

Mountain bike through Ethiopia’s intriguing landscape.

Hiking in the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains

Fishing in Lake Tana or in one of the thousand rivers.

 

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Take a journey back in time, visit the many historical and cultural sites in Ethiopia

Because of the size of the country, and the great variety of its landscapes and climate, Ethiopia is a microcosm of all that Africa has to offer.

Comparable to none, picturesque Ethiopia holds all combinations of peerless geological formations varying from 116 meters below sea level at the radiant sulfuric inferno Danakil depression in the Afar region to the alpine moorland peaks that rise to 4550 meters at Ras Dejen in the ruggedly carved Simien mountains.

The worlds most phenomenal Great Rift Valley cuts Ethiopia into two parts, forming a series of thrilling lakes, around which many of Ethiopia’s national parks are centered.

The widely varying habitats, which includes mountains, lakes, desert, savannah, and everything in between, host an astonishing array of wildlife, many of which are endemic; unique to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is often referred as the water tower of Africa because of the many trans-boundary rivers like the Blue Nile that pours off its tableland, to the surrounding lowlands of the neighboring countries.

Religion in this fascinating country is unique as well. Many visitors know Ethiopia for its splendid rock-hewn churches and colorful ceremonies, symbolic of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.Perhaps best known are Lalibela’s amazing group of rock churches, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, but equally wondrous are the Churches carved into Cliff-side crevices in the mountains of the Tigray region; often reached only by the most determined and devout.

Islam too has strong and centuries-old roots in the country. Although religion is particularly epitomized in the romantic walled city of Harar, the elegant minarets and Mosques can be seen throughout most of the country side.

But it is Ethiopia’s people who join with the spectacular scenery, abundant fauna and fascinating religions making Ethiopia a cultural mosaic.

As a cultural mosaic Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state.

Many distinctions have been blurred by intermarriage over the years, however many also remain distinct.

The differences may be observed in the number of languages spoken, an astonishing 83, falling in to four main language groups: Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic, and Nilo-Saharan.

There are 200 different dialects. With over 65 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is Africa’s third most populous nation. Accordingly there are a bounty of fascinating costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance that makes Ethiopia a very worthy destination.

What to visit and explore in Ethiopia

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

Kenya’s Coast

Explore Kenya’s Coast starting with visiting the Tana River National Reserve for a coastal wildlife experience, next heading to the towns of Lamu and Malindi for a historic and cultural experience.  Access is easy via the port of Mombasa and flights are available daily between Nairobi and Mombasa.  Contact us for more information.

Nairobi

Nairobi offers a great diversity of activities for guests, from eating out at the famous Carnivore Resturant, staying at the Giraffe Manor, to taking time to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Educational center – Nairobi offers a great way of relaxing before heading off on safari.

Tsavo East and West National Parks

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya often known for the film made of  the Tsavo Man-Eating lions, they were a pair of notorious man-eating lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway, from March through December 1898.  Tsavo is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife.  Tsavo West is a more popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, the rich wildlife, good road system, the rhino reserve, rock climbing and guided [...]

Mt Meru National Park

Meru National Park is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya. Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy’s ashes were scattered on her gravesite. Joy Adamson released Pippa the cheetah in this park.

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills national reserve holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa.  The reserve is rich in flora and fauna hosting the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew and the bushy tailed mongoose.  The forest is an important bird area.  Horse back safaris are a popular activity.  Camps of the finest quality are found here.

Laikipia

Laikipia is diverse in culture, the Kikuyu form about 60% of the population, with the balance composed of Laikipia Maasai, Samburu, Meru, Borana, Kalenjin, Somali, European, Asian, and Turkana people. Conservation and tourism are very active, including locations such as Kuki Gallmans’s Ol Ari Nyiro; Kuki wrote the booked that was later made into the well known film ‘I dreamed of Africa’.  Laikipia offers very high standard accommodation on big five private game conservancies created from many of the old early white settler farms.  The area is primarily still owned and managed by these families.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is famous for the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, that sits in neighboring Tanzania, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.  The easily photographed elephants in this park with the back drop of Mt Kilmanjaro make Amboseli is a great place to start any safari.

The Highlands of Kenya

The highlands of Kenya are divided by the Great Rift Valley; a fertile plateau lies in the east and this is what is considered the ‘Kenyan Highlands’, which without doubt is one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. In this region you find Mt Kenya, Samburu Game Reserve, and the Abadares. All first class safari destinations, also found here are some of Kenya’s first safari lodge attractions like Treetops and The Ark.

  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park – Rift Valley Lakes

The Rift Valley Lakes (located in the great rift valley) comprise of ‘Salty’ water.  The best known is Lake Nakuru, famous for the large numbers of flamingos that eat the crustacians that live in it’s harsh conditions and the very reason it was chosen for protection.  Lake Elementaita; a smaller and less visited lake, and the least visited Lake Bogoria, offer a more private and intimate experience.  The Soysambu conservancy that borders Lake Elementaita offers opportunites to walk around part of the lake shore in a very private setting.  Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake, offers alot of opportunity for walking, boating, and enjoying Kenya life.  A great [...]

  • Cheetah at Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense that it is called the Great Migration.  Wildlife is not held within the reserve, many private reserves surround the game reserve offering very private and first class safari experiences.  The river crossings of the Mara River happen during August [...]

  • Solio Conservancy Ranch

Solio Conservancy

Solio Ranch or Solio Game Conservancy is a privately owned wildlife conservancy located in Kenya’s Rift Valley.  The ranch is privately-owned and works towards rhino conservation, playing a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. Solio Ranch is recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves. The animals live in harmony with other wildlife, including the buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plains game such as eland, oryx, impala, waterbuck, Thompson’s gazelle and warthog. By 2009, 635 black rhinos and 353 white rhinos have been introduced into various conservation areas around the country from Solio.  [...]

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  • Capital: Addis Adaba
  • Official languages: Amharic
  • Currency: Birr (ETB)
  • Time zone: EAT (UTC+3)
  • Drives on the: right
  • Calling code: +251
  • Motto: “March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia”
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