Ethiopia is a country of contrasting landscapes and an absorbing
cultural heritage. Northern Ethiopia is a treasure trove of historical
capitals where religious customs from the Middle Ages continue to
thrive - the Queen of Sheba's Axum, Lalibela with its 13th century
rock-hewn churches, and Gondar, capital in the 17th and 18th
centuries. Here too is Lake Tana, home for hundreds of years to
several island monasteries and also the source of the Blue Nile,
which makes its way over the nearby Tissisat Falls and all the way
to the White Nile at Khartoum.
The Original Travel team has extensive travel experience of the
country and can arrange guided treks into the habitat of the gelada
baboon in the Simien Mountains (nicknamed God's chess set for
their weather eroded shapes), or through the Bale Mountains to the
south, home to the endangered Ethiopian wolf.
South of Addis Ababa, the Rift Valley is punctuated with a
series of lakes (many bordered pink with thousands of flamingos),
and descends to Kenya via the territories of tribes whose way of
life has not changed for centuries.
Ethiopia is home to some of the most spectacular, beguiling and
beautiful landscapes in the world - and many of them are considered