Welcome to Ethiopia The land of Origins

Ethiopia is a land of wonder and enchantment, a country with one of the richest histories on the African continent, a land of contrasts and surprises, of remote and wild places, home to cultured and friendly people who are descended from some of the world’s oldest civilizations.

This is the land of the fabled Queen of Sheba, home of the Ark of the Covenant, the birthplace of coffee .Lucy, the world’s oldest known almost-complete hominid skeleton, more than three million years old, was discovered here.

Ethiopia has so much to offer to visitors

batchthe Historic Route, covering the ancient town of Axum, with its amazing carved obelisks, Christian festivals and relics, hides – we believe – the Ark of the Covenant; Gondar, with its castles and palaces; Lalibela, with its remarkable rock-hewn churches; Nejash, one of the earliest holy Muslim centers from the era of the Prophet Muhammad with the Negash Amedin Mesgid; the walled Muslim city of Harar; and Lega Oda, near Dire Dawa where you can see cave paintings considered to be thousands of years old.

Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, is our largest lake with 37 islands and 22 Monasteries dating back to the14th Century, notably monasteries like Kibran Gebriel and Ura Kidanemhiret. Many of the Great Rift Valley lakes are national parks, and they are home to a wealth of bird and animal life. The high, rugged, Simien Mountains in the north and the Bale mountains in the southeast are also home to some unique wildlife and rich flora, and are ideal for trekking, whilst some of Ethiopia’s fast-flowing rivers are becoming famous for white-water rafting. There are more than twenty national parks and four sanctuaries where 277 species of wildlife and more than 900 species of birds can be found. The Simien Mountains National Park is registered by UNESCO as a natural World Heritage site and is home to endemic mammals, such as the Walia Ibex, the Gelada Baboon and the Abyssinian Wolf. Ras Dashen, the fourth highest peak in Africa with an altitude of 4,620 meters, is also located within the National Park.

Other National Parks include Bale Mountains and Abijatta-Shalla in Oromia; NechSar, Mago and Omo National Parks in the south and Yangudi Rasa in Afarl Gambella National park in Gambella, as well as Awash in both Oromia and Afar Regions.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s friendly and safe capital city also has so much to offer,, with its five-star hotels, international restaurants, museums and palaces, and good shopping which includes the bustling Mercato area (Africa’s largest open-air market) and the much more sophisticated Bole suburb with its boutique shops and stylish restaurants. Thanks to its altitude of 2350 meter above sea level (the fifth-highest national capital in the world) it has a pleasant, “spring” climate all year round (although we do have a major rainy season from June to mid-September).

The majority of Ethiopians belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, established in the fourth century AD, while about 30% of Ethiopia’s population is Sunni Muslim. But Ethiopia’s Christian roots may go back much further. Even the New Testament of the Bible records St Peter converting an Ethiopian returning to his country. Ethiopian Christians believe that their spiritual tradition goes back even further, to the Jewish early first temple period when our first Emperor, Menelik I, whom we believe to bethe son of the Biblical King Solomon and Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to northern Ethiopia as told in our holy book the Kebra Nagast.

Ethiopia is a mosaic of people with more than 80 languages, different lifestyles, costumes and cultural dances. People’s livelihoods vary from pastoralists and farmers to factory workers, business people and academics. Ethiopia has been called “the land of a thousand smiles”. Visit us and you can be sure of a great welcome, a memorable holiday, and the experience of a lifetime.

Some Important facts about Ethiopia

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  • Some of the oldest hominid fossils were found in Ethiopia
  • Coffee is Ethiopia’s gift to the world
  • Ethiopia is the only African country with its own alphabet (one of the world’s oldest), numerals and calendar (the year 2016 is 2008 in the Ethiopian Calendar!)
  • Ethiopia has never colonized by Europeans. During the “Scramble for Africa” it was recognized as an Empire in its own right.
  • Ethiopia was the second country to accept Christianity as its official religion
  • Ethiopia has 10 UNESCO listed World Heritage sites
  • Ethiopia is mentioned many times both in the holy Bible and holy Qur’an
  • Ethiopia is the land of some of the world’s greatest long distance runners (perhaps the most famous is Haile Gebrselassie)
  • Ethiopia is the fourth largest biodiversity zone in the world
  • Ethiopians Christians believe that the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia by our first Emperor Menelik I and is still hidden in a church Axum (in Ethiopia’s north)
  • More than 70% of Africa’s mountains are found in Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile river which contribute85% of the Nile river
  • Ethiopian Christians believe that St Mary’s Church at Geshan holds a piece of the true cross on which Jesus was crucified
  • The Great Rif t Valley cuts Ethiopia in to two crossing the country from top to bottom
  • Ert’ale in Danakil Depression is one of the few places on earth where one can see active, live, continued and dramatic volcanic eruptions
  • Ethiopia has more endemic species of flora than any other country in Africa
  • The sun dictates the Ethiopian time, at 07:00 a.m. you start by counting one and you end up at twelve when the day ends, and start counting again from one from7:00 p.m. So 9:00 a.m. is 3 in Ethiopian time and noon is 6.
  • Ethiopia is the only country in the world that prophet Mohamed declared to be free from Jihad, after they welcomed some of the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad who were fleeing from persecution at the hands of the ruling Quraysh tribe of Mecca.
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