Last updated: 4 March 2018
Ethiopia’s history spans thousands of years. It adopted Christianity early and unlike other African countries not from colonialists. Ancient Orthodox churches boasting colorful murals are dotted all over the country. The famous rock churches in Lalibela were built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and have literally been cut into the surrounding rock. Fourteenth century monasteries, housing ancient treasures are built on the islands of Lake Tana.

On the horn of Africa and divided by the Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia is a country endowed with great natural beauty. The landscapes are many and varied ranging from Savannah grasslands to rugged mountainous areas with great peaks and cliffs. The Rift Valley into which the peaks fall is scattered with large sparkling lakes.


A wide variety of wildlife roams the forests and the grasslands. The Gelada monkey, the Walia ibex and the Ethiopian wolf are found nowhere else on earth. Ethiopia is one of the top birding destinations in Africa.

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