Superb scenery and rich heritage: Africa's most fascinating and varied country
Ethiopia is a unique and secluded country. It has never been colonised by a European power, and as a result the people have retained a strong cultural identity and are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. It possesses some of the most impressive architecture found anywhere, particularly at Lalibela, where the rock-hewn churches have been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The landscape is equally memorable and Ethiopia is home to some of the finest mountain scenery in Africa. The Simien Mountains, famed for their volcanic pinnacles, are particularly beautiful. This World Heritage Site is home to the Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboons and the rare Ethiopian Wolf.
Festivals in Ethiopia are colourful events with plenty of pageantry, music and dancing. We run three Ethiopia holidays to coincide with these festivals. In January we attend Timkat, the most important festival in the calendar, which celebrates Epiphany.
In September we attend the Meskal festival which has been celebrated for over 1600 years. Please note that this departure is 2 days longer than the standard departure with an extra day in Addis Ababa (and a visit to the rock-hewn church of Addadi Mariam) and an extra day in Axum (with a visit to the ruins of Yeha). We will experience the Meskal processions in Addis Ababa.
What the papers say about Ethiopia's Treasured Land
The Telegraph writes: Ethiopia: Treasures of an ancient land