Language: Amharic, English, Arabic, Somali
Currency: Ethiopian Birr
Best Time to Visit: All through the year
Time Zone: EAT (UTC+3)
Main Attractions: National Parks, city of Addis Ababa, Monasteries, Bahar Dar, etc.
Ethiopia is a fascinating country that lies in Africa. It shares its borders with Sudan, Kenya and Somalia. Known for its rich and diverse culture, Ethiopia attracts tourists from all over the world who want to bask in a rustic environment, away from the hustle-bustle of the city life. In fact, evidences claim that human civilization started from a point where we have the present day Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. This place has a vibrant history and fascinating legends that will keep you mesmerized throughout your journey. The living testimony to the various empires that ruled here are the famous buildings and palaces that have a mysterious old-world charm to them. Check out the various tourist attractions of this place and the fun things to do in Ethiopia.
Go for a Safari
Those who are adventurous and also those who are not that adventurous must go for a safari in the national parks of Ethiopia. The natural beauty of Ethiopia does not fail to fascinate the first time visitor. You will find a variety of natural features like rugged mountains, vast grasslands, deserts and waterfalls, all nestled cozily in the lap of nature. Ethiopia is famous for its variety of wildlife and you can be sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat as you venture in their territory. The place has over 14 wildlife parks and some of the popular ones are Rift Valley National Park, Simien National Park, Awash National Park, Abiyata National Park, Bale National Park, Gambella National Park, etc.
Explore the fascinating history of this place on a tour of Ethiopia. It was here where the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, Emperor Menelik I, established one of the longest and uninterrupted monarchial dynasties. It was a powerful and ancient civilization during which many beautiful castles and palaces were built, so as to give a fairy-tale look to this place. The ruins of those castles still have an old-world charm and mystify anyone who visits them. Check out places like Lalibela, Gondar, Deber Damo and Bahar Dar that are known to have some fabulous ancient churches, palaces and towering minarets.
Addis Ababa - Blend of Tradition and Modern Worlds
The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is a unique blend of traditional and modern world. It is one of the most lively and colorful places in Ethiopia. It not only has a culmination of various cultures, but also has a varied geography and you will find dense forests and vast grasslands close to each other. Among the tourist attractions here, you can visit Ethiopian National Museum that has the famous skeleton of the first hominid, known as Lucy’s skeleton. Check out the biggest market in Africa at the Merkato district and the world’s biggest prefabricated building, Shengo Hall. You can also visit the famous Menelik’s Imperial Palace that will definitely fascinate you, amongst the many monasteries, mosques and cathedrals.