Tribal. Historic. Wild. Ethiopia
Collected by Julee K., AFAR Local Expert
Overshadowed by more popular tourist destinations in Africa, Ethiopia is not on many adventure traveler's bucket. However, those who are willing it rough it out a bit will will discover an enchanting country that is rich in history, is filled with diverse and fascinating tribal cultures and that offers up stunning scenery from mountains to lakes and desert.
Abijatta-Shalla National Park is located about 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. Most tourists visit the park on their way back to Addis from the Omo Valley. As you enter the park, the first denizens to greet you are a small flock of ostrich...
Transport yourself to back to the 13th century. Imagine taking a hand tool and chiseling down in to a mountain to create the four exterior sides of a building and then using those same hand tools to hewn out the interior space for the building....
Debre Birhan Selassie is a small church located in the heart of Gondar, Ethiopia. The original church was was built by Emperor Eyasu II, grandson of the great Emperor Fasilides, in the 17th century. The present day church was rebuilt in the 1880s...
The Dorze are a small ethnic group in Ethiopia. Home for the Dorze are villages near the small towns of Chencha and Arba Minch which are located in the southern highlands of the Rift Valley. Historically, the Dorze were feared warriors but these...
Jegol, Harar, Ethiopia
Tucked inside the walled city of Harar, Ethiopia is a wonderful market loaded with local Berber spices, fresh coffee beans, herbs, and incense. The smells and sights are terrific, but the friendliness of the people sets this shopping area apart...
The Mursi tribe of Ethiopia lives within the boundaries of Mago National Park in one of the most remote regions of the country. As is true with other Ethiopian tribes, the Mursi live difficult and often dangerous lives. But as I learned, they also...
It was man who created the hand hewn rock churches at Lalibela but it was Mother Nature who added the colorful touches to the rock faces that are the exterior walls of many of the churches. Centuries of lichen have created a palette of red,...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I've loved Ethiopian cuisine since the first time I tried it. Until I visited Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, I'd never heard of kitfo. This delicacy, which can probably be found at some Ethiopian restaurants in the United States if you look...
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