In over a 1000 years many of the ancient historical and religious sites have not changed. So we invite you to walk through medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, get as close as possible to the Ark of the Covenant and photograph everything that surrounds to your heart's content.
This is Ethiopia that we fell in love with, this is the Ethiopia where her people so proud in nature just wanted to show her off. If anything was learnt while we were there it was that this country will soon be up there with the best in Africa making her a must visit destination.
Having just returned from a quick safari through this amazingly beautiful and historic country we have compiled a small destinations guide based on what we saw and experienced. All these pages have photo galleries attached, so have fun and explore Ethiopia.
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Destinations In Ethiopia
Lalibela EthiopiaThe town is named after Saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela when the town at that stage was known as Roha. The town is also known as the New Jerusalem due to her numerous religious sites; the local river is even called the River Jordan. So yes, this is a very religious orientated part of Ethiopia (and scenic for that matter).
Axum EthiopiaAxum and the surrounding area are steeped in history, the Aksumite Kingdom was one of the four great powers along with Persia, Rome, and China. The Kingdom dates back to 100 BC and they ruled for some 800 - 900 years. It is the Aksumite Kingdom that built the "Stelae" that are on show near the town's centre and a must visit destination.
Gondar EthiopiaGondar is referred to as the 'Camelot of Africa' as it is a royal city that housed many Kings from the Solomonic dynasty dating all the way back to 1635. We visited three destinations within Gondor, namely Fasil Ghebbi, Fasilides Bath and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church.
Bahir Dar EthiopiaImpressions of Bahir Dar were positive, the town is clean and has a more modern/ Western feel than any of the other towns that we have visited. People describe Bahir Dar as the 'Riviera of Ethiopia', and we were told that the town does have some the better hotels and restaurants in Ethiopia.
Palace Of Haile SelassieHaile Selassie, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, by the grace of God, Emperor of Ethiopia. Quite a mouthful of a title for a single man or, as the Rastafarians would have it, the son of God. So awe-inspiring are the adjectives that you would have expected him to live in a magnificent palace made of the finest Carrara marble or a granite stone castle in the tradition of Gondar.
Visiting The Lalibela Rock ChurchesYour correspondent has been travelling in Africa for over three decades. I feel that I know sub-Saharan Africa; its smells, its peoples, its geography and its wildlife. Ethiopia is different, as different as snow is to sand. So different that you could get a very sharp knife and detach it somewhere in the Red Sea because it is not similar to any of its Arab world neighbours either.
Where To Travel In EthiopiaNew on Uyaphi.com is our Travel in Ethiopia portfolio featuring safaris and tours to this somewhat new African safari destination; we are very excited about Ethiopia and all that she has to offer. Think of Ethiopia as a more cultural safari destination than what one is used to in Africa.