Map of Ethiopia
Major regions in Ethiopia
From a tourist perspective, there are 4 major regions in Ethiopia:
The northern circuit includes the towns of Bahir Dar, Gonder, Axum, and Lalibela, as well as the Simien Mountains National Park, Lake Tana, the Gheralta Mountains and often the highland community trekking.
The Omo Valley, in the deep southwest of Ethiopia, is a fascinating tribal region very much cut off from the rest of the country. Arba Minch is the gateway town to the Omo Valley.
Beyond the 4, easy-to-categorise routes and regions, there are a number of other popular travel destinations dotted around the country. These include the Bale Mountains National Park, Harar, and in the wild west, Gambella National Park.
Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, will be your first encounter with Ethiopia as it contains the only international airport in the country. Most visitors spend a day or two at the start or end of their journey exploring Addis.
Popular Trips to Ethiopia
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
Hike across electric landscapes of thick forests, Afro-alpine moorland, peaks and plateaus, and jungle thickets. An extraordinary outdoor adventure, with high altitude hikes unlocking staggering viewpoints, beautiful clearings, and endemic wildlife. At night, the sky is ablaze with starlight in…
A true adventure across the northernmost reaches of Ethiopia. Experience community trekking on the plateaus of Tigray, where horizons stretch for miles, distant mountain peaks morph into hazy silhouettes lit by the evening sun, and pockets of light and shadow…