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The quick-and-easy guide to birding in Ethiopia

The quick-and-easy guide to birding in Ethiopia

Arguably the most diverse country in Africa, Ethiopia offers some of the best birding on the continent. With a formidable list of endemic and regional specialties, the country’s bird list exceeds 860 species. So, whether you’re a serious twitcher or have a more general interest, you’re going to love it here. Use the expert insight of Trevor Jenner to get you in the right place quickly. All pictures by Trevor Jenner. Addis Ababa and Debre Libanos Addis Ababa –...

Africa’s second largest migration

Africa’s second largest migration

From January to June at least half a million antelopes converge on a vast savannah east of the White Nile, an area including the Sudd wetlands of South Sudan and the western Ethiopian swamps of Gambella. This mass movement of tiang and white-eared kob is Africa’s second largest terrestrial wildlife migration, second only to the Serengeti’s teeming masses of wildebeest. For so long this spectacle has gone under the tourism radar, its remote location and political instability meaning that...

Wildlife at the roof of Africa

Wildlife at the roof of Africa

Ethiopia’s ethereal Bale Mountains National Park is home to some of Africa’s rarest wildlife – including the elusive Ethiopian wolf. Lizzie Pook goes in search of the mysterious creature The air inside the tent is fuggy. Inky black and still. I’m cocooned in several layers inside my sleeping bag, but my teeth still chatter from the cold outside the rain-slicked canvas. I’m dozing fitfully when suddenly, a sound pierces the air outside the tent – a ghoulish hoot ringing...

Visit the tribes of the Omo Valley

Visit the tribes of the Omo Valley

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful people. Ethiopia has all the essential elements that call travellers back time after time – wildlife you just don’t find elsewhere, epic landscapes of rare beauty, an endlessly fascinating historical tale that provides depth and context to any journey. But there is something else at large in Ethiopia: a spiritual dimension that infuses every aspect...

The most beguiling safari destination in Africa

The most beguiling safari destination in Africa

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful people. It has all the essential elements that call travellers back time after time – wildlife you don’t find elsewhere, epic landscapes of rare beauty, an endlessly fascinating historical tale that provides depth and context to any journey. But there is something else at large in Ethiopia: a spiritual dimension that infuses every aspect of...

Quick stop in Addis Ababa

Quick stop in Addis Ababa

Libby Young gives us her advice on what to do, see, shop, eat and drink in the Ethiopian capital. All images copyright Libby Young. With a wide range of connections from Addis Ababa's international airport, Ethiopian Airlines is becoming a convenient option for many travellers visiting Africa, and spending a night or two in one of the world’s highest capitals takes the pain out of the stopover. At an elevation of more than 2300m, Addis has a lovely climate,...

Hot as hell

Hot as hell

The Danakil Depression is a region of harsh beauty and ancient cultures — where volcanoes and crystals create a searing landscape like no other. Words and photographs by Dale R Morris An armed soldier, attired in military fatigues and carrying an AK47, totters cautiously over a bed of yellow sulphur crystals, paying attention not to trip into one of the many bright-green acid pools in this otherworldly landscape. If he were to slip, he would either boil to death...

Coffee’s ground rules

Coffee’s ground rules

Aindrea White ventures to Ethiopia to learn about a traditional coffee ceremony According to legend, an Ethiopian goat farmer named Kaldi discovered coffee when he noticed his herd was unusually energetic after eating cherries that contained beans. As a result, Ethiopia is considered the birthplace of what is now one of the world’s most popular beverages. While most caffeine fiends are undoubtedly familiar with Ethiopian coffee, few can truly appreciate the way the coffee plant beats at the heart...

The Last Wolves of Ethiopia

The Last Wolves of Ethiopia

Facing serious threats from its local environment, the endemic Ethiopian wolf finds itself in danger of extinction. Stuart Butler reveals why numbers are rapidly in decline. (All images taken by Stuart Butler) The wolf moved with speed, grace and ease across the bleak moorlands. Every now and then it paused, lowered a long, thin canine nose to the ground and took a deep sniff. It must have known I was watching him from my couched position behind a rock...

No lack of life

No lack of life

Animals don’t usually come to mind when you think of Ethiopia. But the country is home to an incredible diversity of species. Graeme Green explores the Simien and Bale mountains to find out more. Picture credit: Will Burrard-Lucas It’s a ‘you-scratch-my-back, I’ll-scratch-yours’ situation,” says wildlife guide Dani Fikru. We’re watching a huddle of geladas caringly checking through each other’s fur. “They spend 30 to 40 per cent of their day grooming. They’re picking out parasites, but it also has...

The highlands of Ethiopia

The highlands of Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s highlands have been home to civilisations of wealth and power over the past three millennia, and the riches they’ve left behind are still here for you to see. Matt Phillips, who has a long affinity with the country, is here to help you experience the best of it. There are many areas in the world to visit historical treasures, but there are very few places where you can genuinely experience them as they were centuries, if not millennia...

Ethiopia – a tall order

Ethiopia – a tall order

There is no denying the allure of the remote Ethiopian rock-hewn churches in Tigrai – they are set in stunning surroundings and many of their interiors are lined with vibrant artwork dating back the better part of a millennium. Most enchanting is the fact many of them are still in use today. However, some of their precarious positions on lofty cliff faces make visiting them a testing experience. Will you make the grade? By Philip Briggs. Gheralta is a...

Essential Africa: Ethiopia

Essential Africa: Ethiopia

Few countries in Africa are as rewarding to travel in as Ethiopia. Spread across its lavish landscapes, which range from fog-shrouded 4000m peaks to baking depressions well below sea level, is a long list of enthralling attractions, both natural and man-made. Philip Briggs, author of Bradt’s Ethiopia guidebook, is here to help you plan your first trip. Were an award to be given to the world’s most widely misunderstood country, Ethiopia, one suspects, would sweep away all comers. Synonymous...

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