The first thing about the Gondar area that one notices off the bat when arriving is that the area is a lot more lush (almost tropical) when compared to Lalibela or Axum. Gondar is referred to as the 'Camelot of Africa' as it is a royal city that housed Kings from the Solomonic dynasty dating back to 1635.
Driving around one can see the influences of the Solomonic dynasty, the Italian occupation and now Western influences. It is a pretty little town.
We visited three destinations within Gondor, namely Fasil Ghebbi, Fasilides Bath and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church. All of which are a must visit although on a personal note Fasilides Bath was the most amazing for us, photography opportunities around literally every corner and step we took. Please see below for links for photographs and opinions of each.
We spent the night at the "Goha Hotel" which is perched up on a hillside overlooking the entire town, offering a pretty spectacular sight either at night or during the day. The Goha Hotel itself is more than adequate, but furnishings are on the old side of life, but staff are friendly, and rooms are clean. A perfect place to stay for a night or two.
- Fasil GhebbiPositioned right in the heart of the modern city of Gondar ones comes across Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure), with over 70 000 square metres of castle ruins. Now to say that this is a fascinating place to explore is probably the understatement of the year, a photographers paradise, to be honest.
- Fasilides BathNow after our amazing visit to the Fasil Ghebbi Royal Enclosure we have driven a short distance away to the famous Fasilides Bath. The bath (swimming pool) is only filled once a year and plays a huge role in the spiritual lives of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in the celebration of Epiphany on 19th January every year.
- Debre Birhan Selassie ChurchLocated in the heart of Gondar, is one of Ethiopia most beautiful churches, the famed Debre Birhan Selassie. As one enters the compound one first notices the stone wall surrounding the church grounds, again it is a good idea to walk the wall and take in those 12 amazing rock towers.