Ethiopia Tours: Things to do and see in Ethiopia

Tour to Harrar - Ethiopia Tours

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The city of Harar is an ancient (1520) and holy city. Harar was an important trading center.  The city is famous for its ancient buildings, its great city walls and as a center of Islamic learning . It is believed to be the fourth holiest city for Islam after Mecca, Medina & Jerusalem and it is on prestigious UNESCO heritage sites list.

The city is well known for its superb handicrafts that include woven textiles, basket ware, silverware and handsomely bound books. Harar has been a place of pilgrimage from all over the world for many years. Harar's attractions are: Harari homes are unique and reminiscent of coastal Arab architecture. Bowls, dishes, and basketry are hung in stylized fashion on the wall, but all are functional. As evening falls, local men attract wild hyenas to the city in a bizarre spectacle as they bravely feed these dangerous scavengers

The old town is home to 110 mosques and many more shrines, centered on Feres Magara Square. Notable buildings include Medhane Alem Cathedral,  the house of Ras Mekonnen, the house of Arthur Rimbaud, and the sixteenth century Jami Mosque. Harrar Bira Stadium is the home stadium for the Harrar Beer Bottling FC. One can also visit the market.

 

Hiking the Simiem Mountains

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altIn the Amharic language of Ethiopia, Imet Gogo means ”place of great beauty”. It is an understatement.  From the summit of the most famous vantage point in the Simien Mountains, the cliffs drop away almost a kilometre into a vast mosaic of green fields, yellow wildflowers and rust-red peaks shaped like chess pieces.

It’s a view that has been likened to the Grand Canyon, with elements also reminiscent of Monument Valley. The scene might be described as breathtaking, except that the altitude here has already sucked away most of my breath. Far away on the horizon, swimming in cloud, is Ras Dashen, Ethiopia’s highest mountain and one of the highest in Africa.

 

Addis Ababa City Tour

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altAddis Ababa (sometimes spelt Addis Abeba) is a diverse and riotous capital city of nearly three million souls, with roughly 80 different nationalities, and a multitude of religious and language groups making up its colourful population.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Entoto, the city was founded in the late 1800s by Ethiopian emperor Menelik II and was later occupied by the Italians during the second Italo-Abyssinian War. When Ethiopians regained control, Emperor Haile Selassie immediately set about rebuilding the capital and formed the Organisation of African Unity, replaced by today's African Union, which has its headquarters in the city.
 

Omo Valley Tour - Ethiopia Tours

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Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it.  It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley.  The region is known for its culture and diversity.

The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. Tours are offered to several towns and villages.  It is often you come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech (Geleb), Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and Turkana when you tour the valley. It is estimated that the Omo Valley is home to over 200,000 tribal people.  Among the ancient African tribes that live in the southern part of Ethiopia, there is a wide variety of wildlife as well.  Some of the animals that you will find there are the Bitis Arietans (venomous snake), crocodiles and hippopotamuses.  The two main national parks in Omo Valley are the Omo National Park and the Mago National Park which are home to the majority of the wildlife in the valley.

 

Tour to Lalibela - Ethiopia Tours

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altHistoric tour in Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's exciting tours, Lalibela is ethiopian holy town and second only to Axum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Axum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted, especially by the local clergy, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem.
This has led some experts to date the current form of its famous churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by the Muslim soldier.
During the reign of Saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (a member of the Zagwe Dynasty, who ruled Ethiopia in the late 12th century and early 13th century) the current town of Lalibela was known as Roha. The saintly king was given this name due to a swarm of bees said to have surrounded him at his birth, which his mother took as a sign of his future reign as Emperor of Ethiopia.

 
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