Ethiopia’s topography is incredibly diverse, boasting 20 mountains above 4000 m, as well as one of the lowest points on the Earth’s surface: the Danakil Depression. Two principal geographical zones can be found in the country: the cool highlands and the hot lowlands that surround them. The topographical feature is the vast central plateau, which has an average of between 1800-2400m. It is here that the country’s major peaks are found including Ras Dashen (4620m), Ethiopia’s highest mountain and the fourth highest in Africa.
Ethiopia has a long, rich and colourful history. With its ancient history, its long connection with Christianity and it’s complex culture, Ethiopia is a fascinating country to visit. Ethiopia is known for its exceptional historical attractions, including centuries-old rock-hewn churches and grand castles. Home to some archeological finds, Ethiopia is known as the Cradle of Humanity. In contrast to its international image as a land of desert and famine, the word ‘diverse’ is the only way to describe Ethiopia.
Diverse in Geography, peoples and wildlife, the country offers correspondingly diverse attractions. The Simien and Bale mountains offer very scenic trekking, the rivers of the south offers white water rafting and fishing and the country’s parks have good and endemic butterflies, wildlife and exceptional birds. The south-western regions offer memorable encounters with tribes considered among the most fascinating on the continent.