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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.
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Turmi, Ethiopia
On our last day in Turmi, we spent some time visiting a Hamar village. During the day, it’s most common to see women and children in the villages as the men are out in the field tending to their animals while they graze. To make money, Hamar...
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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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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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The Dassenech are a nomadic tribe that live in the region where Ethiopia borders Kenya and Sudan. We visited one village situated along one of the banks of the Omo River. Getting there was not easy though. We started with a long, bumpy ride over...
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Gondar, Ethiopia
Ethiopia was never colonized like most African countries. Its royal lineage is its own and one of the remnants of Ethiopia's imperial rule is seen in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fasil Ghebbi. The vast grounds include several castles and...
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Harar, Ethiopia, is a magical place for those who like aimless wandering and getting a bit lost. We strolled through Jugol, the medieval walled city at the heart of Harar, for a few days, straying down alleys and up winding lanes, but one of the...
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6, Ethiopia
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...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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....
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Gondar, Ethiopia
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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,...
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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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Turmi, Ethiopia
The small town of Turmi is the heart of the Omo Valley region where the Hamar tribe live. We timed our visit to arrive into Turmi on Monday, which is the big market day. The people of all the Hamar villages in the area walk for hours to trade...