Ethiopia Travel Guide

Ethiopia Travel Guide


Republic Ethiopia is a country of north-eastern Africa facing the Red Sea and bordered by the westerly Sudan, southerly Kenya, and Somalia in the east, and Djibouti towards north-east.

The population is made up of Amhara, Tigreans, Galla, and Somalis. Religion practiced is Ethiopian Orthodox, Christian, and Islamic, pagan beliefs. Official language is Amharic. The country is among the prosperous African nation.

National capital, Addis Ababa or New Flower is within central highlands is at a height of 2440 m.  The tourists are seen flocking at National Museum and Ethnology Museum to understand the culture.

The Palaces like Menelik and Jubilee Palace also generate curiosity and is visited by many. Other places of interest include St George Cathedral and Meskal Square. Merkato is the open air market here doing brisk business. It is visited by most tourists.

Asmara and Diredawa are the bigger cities. Abay, Blue Nile has its source in Lake Tana; other rivers which are also rapid and have ample water feed the Nilotic system. Highest elevation is Ras Dashan at 4620 m in Ethiopian Highlands. Climate is equatorial of the monsoon type, alleviated by high altitudes.

Much of the Ethiopian territory is occupied by the rugged Ethiopian Highlands broken by deep river valleys into individual massifs. The valleys are forested. The Highlands are dissected by the Great Rift with its numerous lakes and volcanoes; The Amhara Plateau descends to the west as well as to the east.

In the north-east near the Red Sea, lies the Danakil Desert. The grasslands and grass forest are rich in animal life. This includes the giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard, jackal, hyena, lion, and buffalo, as well as various species of monkey. The parks abound these regions.

Ethiopia Travel Guide

In the south is Oma National Park, which offers diversity in vegetation, animals and natives. Other parks are Semien Mountains National Park, Bale Mountains Park, Awash National Park, Abijata and Shall National Park, etc.

The waterfall, Blue Nile Fall or Tissisat is most frequented site. Those interested in the history of the land head for the former capital cities like Aksum and Gondar to see the remains of the ancient structures.  Lalibela is known for its 12th century church.

Tour operators are there to plan your sightseeing according to the days of stay in the country.


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