Generally speaking Addis Ababa is one of the safest capital cities in Africa. Violent crime is rare although pickpockets are known to take advantage of crowded conditions or distracted moments. Outside Addis Ababa crime of any sort is extremely rare. Typically all guests who visit Ethiopia feel safe as they travel in Ethiopia.
Although many still imagine Ethiopia as a country of starving emaciated children with extended bellies that is far from accurate. The country has made great economic strides to improve its citizens' lives. Given Ethiopia's ancient history predating the Bible, there is a great deal of history and unique cultures to explore. Plus there are 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites you won't want to miss.
There are many places to visit in Ethiopia that are completely different and unique from each other. We would recommend anyone interested in Ethiopian history or Orthodox Christianity to explore Northern Ethiopia. We often call a northern Ethiopia tour, the historical route, as the oldest part of modern "Ethiopia" originated here. Historical routes often include Lalibela, the home of the "New Jerusalem" with its stunning rock-hewn churches. Also Axum which was the center of one of the most powerful ancient kingdoms of the old world, the Axumite empire. A Southern Ethiopia tour is usually considered a cultural Ethiopia tour and can be as full-filling and exciting as any northern Ethiopia experience. Most southern Ethiopia tours head to the Omo Valley where visitor get to experience Ethiopians living their lives like few others in Africa. The tribes of the Omo Valley typically live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago and do not mind sharing their culture with us. Omo Valley tour operators typically start their itineraries in Arba Minch which is the gateway to the Omo Valley. From Arba Minch one can explore the Dorze tribespeople famous for their enormous bee-hive like traditional homes as well as the Konso known for their terraced farm land. But please don't forget, when you explore Ethiopia you can also travel west to Gambella National Park. The second largest land mammal migration happens every year in January from Gambella to South Sudan of the white eared kob. Also the eastern part of Ethiopia is a must see for all interested in Islamic history and Harar, a walled city considered one of the most holy in Islam. Also for our adventure seekers they can do one of our many Ethiopia trekking tours to either the Bale Mountains, Simien Mountains or Wollo Mountains. There is so much to see and explore in Ethiopia.