Is this Africa’s Most Diverse Country?

Ethiopia is an Untravelled Path just waiting to be explored, and it’s the perfect destination for any adventurous traveller. With its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse wildlife, Ethiopia offers a truly unique experience. From the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the stunning landscapes of the Simien Mountains, there is something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tribal markets of the Omo Valley, sit amongst the Gelada Monkey’s of the Simien Mountains, or trek through the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest places on Earth. And let’s not forget about the hyena men of the medieval town of Harar where you’ll have the opportunity to be his assistant as he continues the almost century old tradition of feeding them. Ethiopia is an intrepid country that truly will leave you in awe time after time.

Here we take you on a virtual tour of all the incredible highlights you would see if you joined us on The Extreme Ethiopia Experience.

Dallol sulphur fields in the Danakil Depression which is renowned as be the hottest place on earth.
The active lava lake at Erta Ale in the Danakil Depression.
The Gheralta mountains of Tigray known for it’s hiking and 120 mountain rock-strewn churches.
The obelisk in Axum. Axum allegedly houses the original Ark of the Covenant.
A male Gelada monkey in the Ethiopian Highlands on the Simien Mountains.
Stunning panoramic view of the vast Simien Mountain range.
The Fasil Ghebbi castle, also known as the Royal Enclosure in Gondar.
Lalibela is known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th century.
Old world meets new as two women check their phone by one of Lalibela’s most famous churches.
Dorze tribal village, note their houses are shaped like elephants heads.
Women from the Hamer Tribe look on as a Bull Jumping ceremony gets underway in the Omo Valley.
Hamer tribesmen prepare the herd for the Bull Jumping.
Hamer tribeswomen chant and dance as part of the ceremony.
Village in the Omo Valley.
Hamer tribeswoman at the Turmi Market in Turmi, Southern Ethiopia.
A striking Hamer lady holding her hat/bowl. Note her neckrings which represent the number of wives her husband has with her being the most recent. Multiple wives are common practice in the Omo Valley.
Camel market outside of Harar near the eastern border of Ethiopia.
Entrance to the medieval medina of Harar.
The colourful Harar market which feels like it’s not changed in centuries.
Hyena-man of Harar feeding one spotted hyena which was originally documented in the early 1950s.
An injera sharing plate, the staple diet of Ethiopia.
The home of Ethiopia, no trip to Ethiopia is complete with out an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

So if you really like to get under the skin of a country and enjoy a truly authentic intrepid adventure then Ethiopia is definitely the country for you. Have a look at all our Ethiopian Experiences here and hopefully, you’ll join us on an adventure of discovery in Ethiopia. If you want to find out more please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Written by James Chisnall