Ethiopia is an ancient cultural crossroads, a proud and independent land that resisted the ‘Scramble for Africa’ during the 19th century, and has maintained its own distinctive identity. The country is infused with a deep spirituality, home to extraordinary churches hewn from rock and a unique branch of Christianity that has echoes of ancient Israel. According to Ethiopian tradition the city of Aksum was home to the Queen of Sheba, and is said to be the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
Ethiopia is also blessed with some of Africa’s most spectacular scenery, from the soaring Simien Mountains and the Rift Valley Lakes to the harsh volcanic landscape of the Danakil Depression. The popular conception of Ethiopia as a land of desert and drought is wide of the mark; much of the country is lush and green, especially the stunning highlands, which soar to over 3,000 metres above sea level and offer superb trekking opportunities. You’ll also encounter an impressive array of wildlife, including endemic species such as the walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf and gelada baboon.
Take a journey through one of Africa's least explored countries - a true blend of natural wonders and ancient history in Ethiopia
Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit, including Tigrai on this 13-day tour from Exodus