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Ethiopia : Next big thing in Africa Travel?


Ethiopia is home to many sites of religious significance, including one that supposedly houses the vessel that once held the Ten Commandments


Ethiopia- A Land of Wonders


10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ETHIOPIA - LAND OF ORIGINS

1. Ethiopia is the only African country never to have been colonized. It has its own Ge’ez alphabet and follows the Julian calendar which consists of 13 months, 12 of 30 days and one of only 5 days (six in leap years).

2. Addis Ababa is the diplomatic capital of Africa, and the headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

3. It is estimated that it would have taken 40,000 man-years to hand carve the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in the 12th century.

4. Ethio-Jazz, whose ‘father’, Mulatu Astatke still lives and plays in Ethiopia, has an international following and its golden age of creativity was revived from 1991 when the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was established.

5. The Danakil Depression, a true desert which dips to 116m below sea level, frequently experiences temperatures greater than 50oC.

6. The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is the site of great paleontological discoveries including the 3.2 million year old skeleton of the famous ‘Lucy’ and the earliest stone tools.

7. A total of 8 UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites, and 1 Natural World Heritage Site, makes Ethiopia Africa’s country with the highest number of these registered sites. The Meskel Festival has been registered as intangible cultural heritage.

8. It was in Ethiopia that coffee was first discovered and cultivated – now an important part of the country’s agriculture and way of life. The coffee ceremony is enjoyed daily by locals and tourists alike.

9. Ethiopia is believed to be the depository of the lost Biblical Ark of the Covenant, stored in the securely guarded Chapel of the Tablet next to the St Mary of Zion church in ancient Aksum.

10. The Nechisar Nightjar, the elusive endemic to Nechisar National Park in southern Ethiopia, is the world’s rarest bird: only one living example has ever been observed, in 2009.

Source ETO (www.ethiopia.travel)


Menz-Guassa Community Tourism- Trekking

Guassa Community Conservation Area is one of Ethiopia’s significant remaining examples of a high altitude Afroalpine ecosystem, and it has been the focus of a community-based natural resource management system known as “quero” for at least 400 years. This natural management system makes it one of the oldest known conservation areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Guassa Area covers some 100 km2 and is located 265km from Addis Ababa. It supports important plant species, including Guassa grass (Festuca), giant lobelia, Erica moorland, Helichrsyum and Alchemilla. This diverse habitat supports an apparently stable but threatened population of the Ethiopian wolf. Seven other endemic mammals and 13 endemic birds are found in the area. There are also large populations of geladas and other mammals including duiker, klipspringer, Abyssinian hare, common jackal, leopard, spotted hyena, civet and serval cat.

The Guassa plateau offers an unforgettable wilderness experience and it is the perfect spot for Afroalpine trekking, mule riding, traditional village visits and much more. Guassa is an ideal destination for a week-long trek, or as a one night stopover on the way along Ethiopia’s historic routes.


Ethiopia eVISA

Visiting Ethiopia is getting easier to international tourists through the newly started online e-Visa system by the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs. The system also facilitates visa applications for conference tourists to Ethiopia. To check eligibility and other requirements please check here: e-VISA