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Ethiopia

By far the oldest nation on the African continent, Ethiopia, often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Humanity’ due to the extensive traces of ancient man unearthed there, is a truly fascinating country to visit. The second most populous African nation and the second oldest Christian country in the world (Christianity became the official religion in the 4th century AD), it’s ancient history is there to be discovered at every turn in amongst a vibrant local culture in which many different ethnic peoples live their lives according to traditions that have remained almost unchanged for centuries.

On top of this the country has some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. The Ethiopian Highlands are a series of volcanically formed mountains, amongst them the Simiens which rise to over 4,000 metres. The Highlands are bisected by the Great Rift Valley, certainly one of the world’s geological wonders, which runs from the Red Sea through the Danakil Depression (a desert area that has one of the lowest points on the earth’s surface) and through southern Ethiopia to Mozambique.

With this breathtaking landscape and archaeological wonders such as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the ruins of Axum – thought by some to be of the sacred court of the Queen of Sheba, and the splendid castles of Gonder and the possibility to visit remote tribes in the Omo Valley, an Ethiopian trip will not be easily forgotten.

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