Ethiopia and Kenya
Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
Diverse. Breathtaking, Cradle of Civilization. Wild. Life-changing. I see these words every time I research Ethiopia and Kenya for my next big trip. These highlights capture the cultural and the primal experiences on my West Africa wishlist.
In the northern Ethiopian city of Lalibela, extraordinary stone-craved churches dating back to the 12th century are chiseled four stories down into the earth. Certain members of the priesthood live within the boundaries of these churches, sleeping...
Hora Lake, Bishoftu, Ethiopia
I visited Lake Hora, a resort that locals vacation, camp and honeymoon. The lake was near a wildlife refuge and the views of the hillsides around the lake (a volcanic crater) were amazing, with tropical birds, and parrots flying among the trees.
That's Geoff Watts, chief coffee buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee, and one of the world's leading experts on all things coffee. I spent a week and a half traversing the coffee landscape in Ethiopia with Watts. Here, pictured, Geoff is at a washing...
Lten-Kessup Road, Kenya
Below the hotel’s cottages, the Kerio Valley’s grasslands spread toward the horizon like an infinity pool. Take the plunge on mountain bike or on foot, or marvel from a distance while enjoying a goat barbecue. The restaurant also serves a hearty...
Duma Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Our fist night in Nairobi at The Giraffe Manor, a giraffe stuck her long neck into the dining room. Her 18 inch tongue curled around our fingers as she plucked giraffe food pellets from our hands and watched us with dark soulful eyes. The next...
KWS Central Workshop Gate, off, Nairobi, Kenya
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a center for orphaned elephants and other animals that are rescued in distress. The center though was founded to help primarily take care of Elephants. The are elephants that have either been abandoned by the...
Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Out in the leafy suburb of Karen, about 30 minutes' drive from central Nairobi, lies the Giraffe Manor. Famously home to the friendly, constantly hungry population of endangered Rothschild's giraffes, this is one hell of a place to spend a night...
City Center Inside Seven Olives Hotel | Next To The reception, Lalibela 1260, Ethiopia
There are 11 churches in total at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela. Built in the 12th century by King Lalibela, these churches were and are a sacred pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia. Because these churches are still...
Any visitor to Ethiopia, or any Ethiopian restaurant, is familiar with the ubiquitous injera. Made from the indigenous tej wheat, this crepe is the plate, fork, and bread at most Ethiopian meals. At the Lalibela Cookery School in the ancient...