Any student of history will tell you, there's much more to Ethiopia than drought and famine. One of the world's earliest Christian nations, Ethiopia's history goes as far back as humanity itself. Its early Christian history produced the astounding churches of Lalibela, hewn from bedrock in one solid piece-a kind of African Petra. Although getting around can be wearing, mountainous Ethiopia boasts waterfalls and high plateaus, while the multicoloured lakes of the Great Rift Valley are a Mecca for birdwatchers. Plus, the locals are friendly, and Ethiopian cuisine has spawned restaurants around the globe. Best of all, thanks to years of bad press it's still off the beaten track.
Highlights of Ethiopia (DEHE)
Rich with natural contrast, captivating human history and countless surprises, Ethiopia has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This 15-day adventure is perfect for the traveller looking to delve into the history and culture of this incredibly diverse land like few others do. In fact, we’ll help to take some of the infamous bumps out of African travel through a combination of flights and comfortable land transport. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged.
Highlights: Exploring rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar, admiring the monasteries of Lake Tana, witnessing the Blue Nile Falls, discovering the Simien Mountains and historical Axum
Ethiopia Discovery (DES)
This incredible 12-day adventure through the less-travelled part of Ethiopia offers rugged travellers willing to go without some western conveniences an opportunity to truly interact with various ethnic communities. Explore the enigmatic beehive houses of the Dorze and stop in numerous villages for truly immersive cultural encounters with the Ari, Karo, Murse, Hamer and Dasanech people that few travellers get to experience. Visit two national parks and explore Lake Chamo by boat in search of crocodiles, hippos and bird life. With your expert CEO doing the planning—you're free to soak in the diversity of this remote land and its incredible people.
Highlights: Embarking on a boat trip on Lake Chamo, Uncovering rural culture and traditions, meeting different ethnic groups, staying in traditional lodging, viewing the incredible birdlife of Lake Ziway.