Top 10 things to do in Ethiopia

1. Community Trekking in Lalibela or Tigray

2. Journey into the Danakil Depression

3. Enjoy the stunning views of the Simien Mountains

4. Explore the jungle thickets of the Bale Mountains

5. Explore the 13th century rock-hewn churches at Lalibela

6. Meet the indigenous peoples of the Lower Omo Valley

7. Discover Ethiopia's historical monuments

8. Adventure camping in Ethiopia's farthest corners

9. Discover the wildlife of Ethiopia

10. Drive through the Rift Valley

What's on offer in Ethiopia?

Top 10 things to do in Ethiopia

1. Community Trekking

Community Trekking gives local people living in rural Ethiopia a stake in the growing tourism industry of the country. There are a number of community guesthouses set up along the plateaus of rural Lalibela, Tigray, Wof Washa forest, and in the Simien Mountains. Community Trekking involves meditative walks through stunning landscapes, passing through local villages as you meander through the trail towards the community guesthouses. The guesthouses are run by local people, and the majority of money for these treks go straight to these communities. 

2. Visiting the Danakil Depression

A geological depression caused by the continental drift of three tectonic plates, the Danakil Depression is one of Earth’s most unusual environments. Renowned as the ‘hottest place on the planet’ and home to salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes, and colourful acidic springs - it’s a wonderful, alien environment.

Trekking in the Simien Mountains

Ethiopia is famed for its biodiversity. Gelada Monkeys, Walia Ibex, Hyenas, Hippos and Crocs are just some of the animals that frequent our tours. We work with carefully selected local partners to get you close to the animals in the wild without risk to their environment.

4. Exploring the Bale Mountains

Located 400km southeast of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the Bale Mountains National Park is one of the country’s most beautiful and popular outdoor destinations. A nominee in 2009 for UNESCO World Heritage status, the park is home to diverse landscapes, unique habitats and stunning wildlife. 

Set deep within the Bale Mountains is the Bale Mountains Lodge. This boutique lodge is as secluded as it is charming. The lodge has a selection of cosy and well-designed rooms complete with a fireplace, ensuite bathroom and balcony.

5. Exploring the Churches of Lalibela

When King Lalibela decided to re-create Jerusalem in Ethiopia in the 12th century, he carved it from the volcanic rock beneath his feet. And he didn’t stop with one church, today 13 stand waiting to be explored.

6. Meet the people of the Omo Valley

Experience another way of life as you’re welcomed by just some of the 88 cultural communities of the Omo Valley. Famed for its cultural traditions and tribal diversity, this remote corner of Ethiopia has been a cultural crossroads for millennia. 

7. Discover Ethiopia's History

Ethiopia has a tremendously rich history dating back to the dawn of humanity. Humans have been navigating life in Ethiopia for millennia with each civilisation leaving behind artifacts and clues that have helped us slowly unravel the origins of humanity and life on Earth. 

The churches of Lalibela are just the beginning. The classic northern circuit will take you to all of Ethiopia's ancient cities, and to all the best monasteries and museums within which humanities most remarkable discoveries lie. 

8. Adventure Camping

Those willing to journey into Ethiopia's most remote corners will find some of the most extraordinary experiences on offer in the country. Gambella National Park is one of the hardest to reach but rewarding destinations anywhere in Africa. Accessible only via private helicopter or fixed wing airplane, it's one of the most adrenaline filled expeditions available in the country. 

Luxury tented camps in the Omo Valley offer another way to explore the region. 

9. Tracking Ethiopian Wildlife

Ethiopia is a country of stunning biodiversity, home to a number of endemic species. We work with carefully selected local partner to get you up close to these animals without risk to their environment. With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia is home for over 300 mammals, of which 39 are found only in Ethiopia.

10. Drive Through the Rift Valley

The roads south of Addis Ababa have provided some of our most memorable experiences in the country. Whether you're heading to the Omo Valley along Butajira Road, or traversing the Rift Valley Lakes as you head to the Bale Mountains, the drive through the local villages, surrounded by incredible landscapes in one of the most historically influential regions on the planet, is an experience unlike any other. 

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