Ethiopia combines traditional safari with fascinating culture and history for an experience unlike any to be had in Africa.
Land of Contrast
Ethiopia’s greatest natural attraction may be the wonderful and ever-changing scenery. A land of natural contrasts, Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes: Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,300 meters, deserts sprinkled with salt flats and yellow sulphur, lake lands with rare and beautiful birds, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls and dense jungles .
While Ethiopia’s wildlife parks do not support the volume of game that Kenya, Tanzania and other countries in East Africa do, travelers will find some interesting and unique flora and fauna here. Strong links to lands north of the Sahara (north Africa, Europe and the Middle East) are displayed through the country’s animal and plant life. One manifestation of this is the presence of several species endemic to Ethiopia because of their isolation from similar habitats including the Ethiopian wolf, gelada baboon, mountain hyala, Walia ibex and Somali Wild donkey.
Key Bird Watching Destination
Where Ethiopia may lack in four legged wildlife, the country shines as one of Africa’s key bird watching destinations. 800 species have been recorded and the list keeps growing. Over 30 of these are endemic or near endemic. The largest and most colourful birds are the rollers, bee-eaters, cranes, storks and hornbills to name a few.