Places to Visit
Simien Mountains National Park
Known to many as ‘The Roof of Africa’, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of Africa’s most beautiful and unique destinations. The only Ethiopian-listed UNESCO World Heritage Park, the second listed in the world after Yellowstone in the US, the Simiens comprise 412km sq of jaw-dropping plateaus, ridges, gorges, gullies, pinnacles and more. Home to some of the world’s best trekking and rarest mammals, the Simiens are another jewel in Ethiopia’s crown.
From the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the soaring Stelae fields in Axum, the cities in the North are full of magic. Our Historic North Circuit takes you across the North of Ethiopia and is the perfect introduction for first time visitors of Ethiopia.
The result of the continental drift of Africa and Asia, the Danakil Depression is peppered with roaring volcanoes and hot springs. One of the hottest, driest and lowest places on the planet, at 100m below sea level, it is a wonderful, alien environment. Despite this, it is also referred to as the ‘cradle of humanity’ with the hominid fossil Lucy discovered here in 1974.
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. Not only does it enable you the chance to explore unique and ancient ways of life, the Omo Valley is also a tapestry of pristine landscapes and diverse wildlife habitats that make it well worth the visit.
Erta Ale means ‘smoking mountain’ in the Afar language. It is Ethiopia’s most active volcano and home to the world’s oldest lava lake. Rising out of the Danakil Depression, Erta Ale may not be one of Ethiopia’s highest peaks, but its continuous volcanic activity and the ruggedness of its setting makes it one of the most enthralling natural spectacles in the country and well worth visiting.
Bale Mountains National Park
The home of an array of endangered species, including the Ethiopian wolf and endemic antelope species, the Bale Mountains National Park offers visitors a varied range of habitats and landscapes to explore. Rarely visited, the region combines high peaks, montane forests, and the largest expanse of African alpine moorland in the world.