JOURNEY THROUGH ETHIOPIA; GOD’S PLAYGROUND

  1. The Urban Hyenas of Harar

A popular destiny attraction in Ethiopia where you get to interact with spotted hyenas at night .Written records indicate that spotted hyenas have been present in the walled Ethiopian city of  Harar for at least 500 years, where they sanitise the city by feeding on its organic refuse, The city of Harar is also extremely interesting being the 4th most holy city for Muslims; great museums and most important food.

 

  1. Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela

Dubbed as the Ethiopian “Jerusalem” was built by  saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela whose goal was to creates a new EthiopianJerusalem. The Bete Giyorgis is by far the most spectacular of his efforts, carved out of the ground, and shaped from the inside out, it is one of the unbroken piece of stone. Bete Giyorgis is connected to the other sunken stone churches through a series of elaborate tunnels.The church is cut 40 feet down, its roof forming the shape of a Greek cross. Inside the church, there is a curtain that shields the Holy of Holies and a priest displaying books and paintings to visitors.

Church of St. George (Amharic: Bete Giyorgis or Biet Giyorgis). It is among the best known and last built of the eleven Rock-Hewn Churches in the Lalibela area, and has been referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Lalibela. Ethiopia.

 

  1. Erta Ale

Known as the “Smoking Mountain” and the “Gate way to hell”. Erta Ale is a 2,011-foot-high constantly active basaltic shield volcano. It is one of only a handful of continuously active volcanos in the world, and a member of an even more exclusive group: volcanos with lava lakes. Despite the harsh conditions Erta Ale is one of the top tourist attraction.

                                                 

  1. Blue Nile Falls

This breathtaking wonder is located about 90 minutes from Bahar Dar. Locally known as Tis Abbay, or ‘great smoke,’ the falls are about 45 metres high during the rainy season. The falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high, consisting of four streams that stretch to over 400 meters wide in the rainy season

Just downstream from the falls you’ll find Ethiopia’s first stone bridge, built in the 17th century.

                          

  1. Omo Valley

Omo Valley is known especially due to the indigenious tribe that haven’t been influenced by the outside world, 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 you marvel at the mursi tribe known for their unique lip plates and the Hamar tradition of leaping bulls. The interaction with the indigenious tribes offer a fresh perspective of life.

 

  1. Gondar

”The Camelot of Africa” Historically it was the center of jewish life in Ethiopia This UNESCO World Heritage Site is now a wonderful museum complex that showcases the last centuries of the country’s emperors. Lying in a bowl of hills, the wealth and splendor of this ancient capital can still be seen in the modern city.

 

  1. Simien Mountain

Rightfully known as the God’s Playground, a world heritage sitehe mountains consist of plateaus separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen (4,550 m) the mountains offer a therapeutic walk, inside the Simien National park are a wide variety of wildlife like the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else on Earth.

  1. Obelisk of Axum

Built in the B.C Era during the peak of the powerful Kingdom of Axum, the obelisk symbolizes the historical importance of Ethiopia worldwide. in 1935 it was re-discovered by Italian soldiers during the conquest of Ethiopia and taken as loot to Rome, After world war II, the UN ruled that the stele must be returned to Ethiopia, Considering the size of the Obelisk of Axum, it is truly amazing that it was transported between continents twice during the last 100 years. However, for many people in Ethiopia, the return of the massive stele was an important milestone in bolstering national pride and celebrating Ethiopia’s history. the Obelisk was placed near two other famous stelea; the Great Stelea standing at 108 feet, and the King Ezana stele

 

  1. Yemrehanna Kristos Church

Believed to have been built between the 11th and 12th century, the wood and plaster church is nestled inside a natural cavern that has likely kept the church from deteriorating completely over its centuries of service. The exterior of the church face consists of stacked layers of protruding stonework interlaced with wooden beams. The windows are covered with wooden cruciform designs and the main door is said to have been taken from a nearby palace. Inside the church, the walls are covered in wood paneling. There are also tall wooden arches which have delicate designs carved into their every surface.

Over the centuries, the church has been a relatively popular pilgrimage site where devoted pilgrims were known to come to die. Their bones are buried behind the church into the cave wall.

 

  1. Dallol

Dallol, in the Danakil Depression, is a boiling, salt-formed world completely hostile to human visitors. The Danakil Depression, also known as the Afar Depression, holds the distinction of being one of the lowest and hottest parts of the world but what really sets it apart is the serene beauty made by the salt formation

 

 

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