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Top 6 Reasons to Visit Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park

Simien Mountains Ethiopia waterfall

The Simien mountains are stunning eroded jagged mountain peaks rising out of deep lush valleys. A trek here offers you to opportunity to spot Gelada Baboons and occasionally a Walia Ibex perched on a rock ledge.  This national park offers some of the best and most accessible vistas in all of Africa. Bring a camera for spectacular photos of natural beauty.

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Omo Valley

Omo Valley woman lip plate Mursi people Ethiopia

This trip hundreds of kilometers south of Addis Ababa is an escape off the beaten path and into nature. Those who visit Ethiopia for photography tours and adventure travel should not miss the Omo Valley. The area has over a dozen diverse African tribes living much the way they have for centuries. The natural scenery is ever-changing and as spectacular as the colorful tribesmen. The Omo valley wildlife reserves and national parks such as Chebera-Churchura and Bale national park are some of the only places to see elephants, giraffes, Cape buffalo and many species of wildlife endemic to Ethiopia.

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Lalibela Timket Epiphany celebration priests Orthodox Christians

World-renowned for its 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches constructed in the 12th and 13th century, Lalibela was meant to be a "New Jerusalem". These architectural marvels are believed to be some of the largest monolithic churches in the world. Surrounded by a traditional village, and the town of Lalibela, the rock-hewn churches remain an important pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians. The town is also a popular place to celebrate Timkat (Epiphany)every January 19th.

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Danakil Depression

Danakil Depression Erta Ale volcano lava pool

Dallol/Danakil Depression is one of the lowest, and hottest places on earth located in the Afar Triangle 30km from the Eritrean border. The scorching, inhospitable land of active volcanos, lava lakes, sulphur pools, acid hot springs and salt flats is perfect for independent travelers in Africa. This place has been described as the "Gate to Hell",as well as "other worldly" by those who've visited the Danakil Depression. This remote area is inhabited by Afar nomads and accessible by 4x4 only.

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Famous for its ancient stelae which are of mysterious origin, Aksum has many secrets to unveil. The former capital of the Aksumite kingdom is also the alleged resting place of the "Ark of the Covenant". Here you can also visit the Palace of the Queen of Sheba as well as her bath.

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Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar Ethiopia Lake Tana Monasteries Orthodox Christian angels

A large city sitting on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, and also the source of the Blue Nile. This city is of great importance not only because it is the launching point for those wishing to visit the Blue Nile Falls but also for the numerous medieval island monasteries. These secluded Christian monasteries on Lake Tana are of great religious and historical significance and are accessible by boat from Bahir Dar.

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