AxumGet out your Indiana Jones hat and whip as the "Ark of the Covenant" can be found right here in Axum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Axum is the best place to start your Ethiopian safaris as the start of the countries history and religion is right here.
The town and 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.
From a religious point of view Axum is the home of the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the Ark of the Covenant as well as the site for the First Christian Church in Africa.
There is of course also the so-called "Queen of Sheba's Palace" and the "Queen of Sheba's Bath" although the ruins date some 1500 years after her time!
Axum is more than just ancient ruins and churches, Axum has a feeling of a small rural town with heart and friendliness. The town is magical in our opinion.
Hotel accommodation in and around Axum can best be described as 3 star, but on saying that the beds and the rooms are clean. Remember that is is a historical destination and not a luxury safari destination. To be honest you will only be in your room when it is time to sleep, the rest of your time you will be sight seeing and eating out.
Getting to and from Axum is best done via aircraft from any of the surrounding tourist destinations including Addis Ababa. The town is too far North for one to travel realistically here by vehicle from Addis Ababa. From Addis Ababa the road journey will take you at least two full days whereas a flight is only about 80 minutes.
Getting around the town other than in your guided vehicle is best done either on foot (Axum is very safe) or by Bajaji (those blue, three wheeler motorised rickshaws).
All photographs below have been taken by us here at Uyaphi.com with the sole purpose of showcasing the Axum from a scenic point of view.