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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.
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
It’s mid April, which is the hot, dry summer in Ethiopia, but up here at 11,500 feet the mornings are cool in the thin air. My accommodation for the night has been a stone tukul – the local style of round stone house with a thatched roof. Five of...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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...
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Lake Tana in Northern Ethiopia is a lovely place to spend a few days. In addition to being the source of the Blue Nile, it's home to a stunning array of holy places. If you make your way to the friendly town of Bahir Dar, you can hire a boat to...
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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.
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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...
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Gondar, Ethiopia
Gondar's Royal Enclosure houses an incongruous collection of medieval castles started by Emperor Fasilades in the early 17th century. The Italians hid out here when they briefly occupied Ethiopia in the late 1930s and early '40s and damage from...
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Toward the end of a three-day trek through the Simien Mountains, we stopped for a break in a village on the way out of Simien National Park. The hosts offered us a homemade beer, which they served out of metal vegetable cans and which tasted like...
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To get to Yemrehanna Kristos from Lalibela, you have a few options: go by foot, go by mule or go by 4x4 along one of the worst roads you're likely to encounter anywhere. Given that it's about 40 km from Lalibela, those pressed for time will opt...
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On our honeymoon, my wife and I stayed at Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Every morning we awoke to the sounds of animals and sat down to a fantastic breakfast on a patio looking out over the...
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After spending a few days camping in a nearby park and exploring the animal reserve the Maasai Mara Tribesman took us on a hike where we gathered fruit and herbs that they later used to cook us a home cooked meal. Half way through the hike we...
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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...

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My family and I are big cat lovers. I mean BIG CAT lovers, such as lions, leopards, and especially cheetahs. Our son's 13th birthday was fast approaching and traditionally, kids in our New York neighborhood would celebrate their bar/ bat mitzvahs...
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One from a pack of seven lions was relaxing following a kill earlier in the day. Fortunately, I didn't witness that.
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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...
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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...
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East Africa
My colleagues and I at e2 education & environment (www.e2education.org) booked a stay at Bush Adventures (http://www.bush-adventures.com) to augment research for our distance learning program, The Mizizi Project. We went in wanting a rich...
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A 2, Kenya
Welcomed into the village by a typical dance. Getting a glimpse of the daily life of a Samburu tribe was a humbling experience.
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Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
We enjoyed a 3-day safari in Masai Mara. We saw many beautiful animals including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and many more. The Kichwa Tembo camp provided great food, service, and wonderful privacy.
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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...
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I'd dreamed of going to Kenya for years and I've always loved African animals. Getting to see them roaming freely in their own environment is something I'll never forget.
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Nakuru, Kenya
Film fans may remember the scene in Out of Africa when Denys Finch Hatton's little yellow gypsy plane swooped above the pink flamingo–filled waters of Lake Nakuru to the sound of the John Barry soundtrack. The...
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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...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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...