Ethiopia is a very different kind of Africa to the Africa imagined by most tourists, yet it is truly majestic and deeply fascinating. Not only did Christianity reach Ethiopia before much of Europe, but its short colonial history offers a unique window into an African past largely devoid of European influence.

Ethiopia has an incredible ancient history with many noteworthy hominin fossils, such as ‘Lucy’ pointing to the earliest examples of human existence. Today it is the most populous landlocked country in the world with approximately 85 million people distributed amongst 80 different ethnic groups.

Ethiopia is home to the mighty Blue Nile and contains 80 percent of the river system’s flow as a whole. A landscape of extremities creates the drama of the Ethiopian scenery; from some of the highest mountains in Africa to its lowest points as the high central plateau is divided by the Great Rift Valley. However, being one of the hottest places on Earth, it is not for the faint-hearted.

For the intrepid traveler, seeing the phreatic craters in the barren salt plains of the Danakil depression, and Mount Erta Ale - home to one of the world's only permanent lava lakes; the enigmatic granite obelisks of Axum,

the extraordinary rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and perhaps most mysteriously of all, the church of St. Mary of Zion - probable location of the Arc of the Covenant, all contribute to the depth and complexity of this truly iconic land.

The uniqueness of the Ethiopian experience is described in its ancient monuments, remote tribes, unique wildlife, and remarkable vistas. Ethiopia is not for the luxury safari seeker, rather it rewards the traveler errant with an unparalleled sense of discovery, rare and humbling scenery and a range of thought-provoking episodes that are truly life-changing. Ethiopia, land of churches, breathtaking scenery, and extraordinary cultural splendor.

“A journey into the historical origins of Ethiopia is quite literally a journey into the origins of ourselves” - Sandor Carter, Safari Guide.

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