When any body thinks of leisurely holiday in Africa, there are many reasons to take Ethiopia as your unique travel advantage.
Ethiopia is becoming a fashion in East African travel destination for its unique offer of multi experiences with in a single trip. Ethiopia is one of the ancient historical traditions and magnificent cultures countries in the world.
- It is a country more than 3000 years old rich with ancient historical traditions and magnificent cultures.
- It is considered the water tower of Africa.
- Owns unique Obelisks, Rock-hewn Churches, cross and palaces.
- Home of the oldest hominid ever discovered in the entire world.
- A country for so many endemic mammals and birds.
- It is the birthplace of coffee.
- A home of more than 83 tribes with charming and complex multi-cultures,
- It is the only African country that has never colonized and has a chance to keep all its original traditions & culture to present.
- A nation of diversity and contrast of religion, culture and place where hospitality and harmony prevails from the ancient to the modern.
- The owner of an ancient written language and calendar.
- The site of African Union and the economic commission for Africa (UNECA).
Ethiopians are known as hospitable people with virtues and morals, which are practical in daily activities and a country where the old way of life still prevails. Ethiopia has ethnic groups who can speak more than eighty distinct languages and two hundred regional dialects.
The well known National parks are: – Semien Mountains national park – Abiate- Shalla lake national park – Awash National Park – Bale mountains National Park – Mago National Park – Nechisar National Park – Yangudi-Rassa national park.
Babile- Elephant Sanctuary – Kuni- Mukfar Mountains’s Nyala sanctuary – Senkele Swayne’s Harte beest sanctuary – Yabello sanctuary.
Ethiopia have about 1000 different types of animals where the under listed are endemic mammals. Gelada baboon, Stark’s hare, Giant Molerat, Semien Fox. Menelik bushbuck, mountain Nyala, Swain’s hartebeest & Walia ibex. There are unique futures and divers of wild animals exist in Ethiopia. To state some of the species which are found in the zoological museum of Addis Ababa. 52 species of rodents. 36 species of Bats. 20 species of Ungulates, 22 species of Carnivores, 8 species of primates , 450 species of birds , 50 species of Snake , 35 species of Lizards , 52 species of Amphibians (Frog and Toads), 52 species of Fish and diverse collections of invertebrates (Lower Animals) .
Ethiopia is rich in type of bird diverse. There are about 24 endemic birds to name them: Ethiopia Blue-winged Goose, hardwood’s francolin, Rouget’s rail, spot-breasted Plover, white-collared pigeon, black-winged love bird, Yellow fronted parrot, prince ruspoli’s turaco, golden backed wood pecker, Degoli lark, Sidamo long Clawed lark, white tail swallow, Abyssinian Long claw, white-winged cliffchat, Ruppele’s chat, Abyssinian catbird, white-backed black tit, Yellow throarted seed -eater, Ankober seed veater, Salvadorians seed- Easter, Black-headed Siskin, white billed starling, Black-headed forest oriole, strese Mann’s bush crow, thick-billed raven.
Ethiopia, formerly called Abyssinia, is one of the ancient countries in the world which lying between 3-180 North and 33-480 East. Ethiopia shares boundary on the northeast by Eritrea and Djibouti, on the east and southeast by Somalia, on the south by Kenya and on the west by Sudan. Ethiopian covers an area of 1,104,300km2, making it the tenth largest country in Africa. The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, which lies in the heart of the country at an altitude of 2,300m. Ethiopia is Africa’s third most populous nation. The population of Ethiopia has above 78 million people. Ethiopia is the oldest independent nation in Africa. It was home to the powerful Christian kingdom of Axum in the first century’s and became a Christian empire in the 15th century. Ethiopians is one of the few countries in Africa, which has a written language and a sophisticated culture based on a deep love of religion. Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church predates the Vatican and is one of the oldest continuously Christian churches in the world. The very first Muslims, facing persecution in Mecca, were granted refuge in Ethiopia and established places of worship before Islam triumphed in its birthplace in the Arabian Peninsula. Ethiopia has a fascinating and rich history. Ethiopian legends claim that the Axumite Kingdom dates back to when the Queen of Sheba ruled the land, and that Ethiopia’s first king, Menelik I, was the son of this queen and King Solomon of Israel. Legend has it that Emperor Menelik I, the son of the Queen of Sheba and king Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to Axum, where he settled and established one of the world’s longest known, uninterrupted monarchical dynasties. Once ruled by the Queen of Sheba and rich in culture and legend, Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world and reputedly home to the Ark of the Covenant.
This is only one example of Ethiopia’s magnificent history, which encompasses legend and tradition, mystery and fact, from a powerful and religious ancient civilization. The well -trodden path through Ethiopia’s famous and fascinating historic places takes you through a scenically magnificent world of fairy -tale names, such as Lalibela, Gonder, Deber Damo and Bahar Dar.
Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state. Four main language groups: Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic, and Nilo-Saharan. It is a nation of surprises, full of diversity and contrast, from the ancient to the modern.
Ethiopia is the “Water tower” of the Africa (the Blue Nile contributes to 85% of the main Nile flow) and there is a great potential, which can be implemented for the betterment of the country’s water resources both for power generation as well as to boost agricultural production through irrigation schemes.
Ethiopia is the origin of coffee and it is from a region called Kaffa in the Southwest of Ethiopia (locally its name is bunn or bunna) but the present name coffee is dived from the name Kaffa.
Coffee was contributed to the world by Ethiopia; the history of coffee has been recorded as far back as the tenth century. During that time, coffee remained largely confined to Ethiopia where its native beans were first cultivated until coffee beans were exported from Ethiopia to Arabs.
Ethiopia has here own unique ancient calendar. According to the beliefs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, God created the world 5500 years before the birth of Christ and it is 2000 years since Jesus was born. Based on this timeline, we are in the year 7500 of the eighth millennium. Ethiopia Calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each, and a 13th month of five days and six days during the leap year. The Ethiopian Calendar is almost eight years behind the Gregorian calendar.