• Ethiopia

    The cradle of humankind

  • Full Country Name Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Capital Addis Ababa
  • Language Amharic
  • Form of Government Federal Republic
  • President President Mulatu Teshome
  • Population 94.1 million
  • Gross Domestic Product $315.99
  • Currency Ethiopian Birr

Welcome to Ethiopia

In 2015 Ethiopia was named as the World’s Best Tourism Destination! It was given the award by the European Council on Tourism and Trade, who praised its outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient culture.

Ethiopia has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years; it’s a place of ancient culture.

Ethiopia is a land of wonder and enchantment, a country with one of the richest histories on the African continent, a land of contrasts and surprises, of remote and wild places, home to cultured and friendly people who are descended from some of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Top Destinations in Ethiopia

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  • Icon for Other location type Lalibela
  • Icon for Park location type Semien National Park
  • Icon for Water location type The Blue Nile Falls (Tisisat Falls)
  • Icon for Other location type The Rift Valley
  • Icon for Airport location type Addis Abeba
  • Icon for City location type Addis Ababa
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type Lalibela
  • Icon for Park location type Icon for Park location type Semien National Park
  • Icon for Water location type Icon for Water location type The Blue Nile Falls (Tisisat Falls)
  • Icon for Other location type Icon for Other location type The Rift Valley
  • Icon for City location type Icon for City location type Addis Ababa
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    Lalibela

    Outstanding Universal Value!

    Lalibela, a small town in Northern Ethiopia, is home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. Their construction is attributed to King Lalibela who set out to build a ‘New Jerusalem’ in the 12th century, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

    The chiseled creations have turned this mountain town into a place of pride and pilgrimage for worshipers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

    There is a belief that Lalibela pilgrims share the same blessing as pilgrims to Jerusalem.

  • Park

    Semien National Park

    Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500m.

    Semien National Park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

    The park is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe.

  • Water

    The Blue Nile Falls (Tisisat Falls)

    The River Nile is the longest river in Africa; from Lake Tana, the Blue Nile, known locally as Abbay, flows from Ethiopia to meet the White Nile in Khartoum to form the great river that gives life to Egypt and the Sudan.

    It has been said that the Blue Nile contributes up to 80% of the Nile’s flow. Nowhere is it more spectacular than when it thunders over the Tisisat Falls near Bahar Dar. Here millions of gallons of water cascade over the cliff face and into a gorge, creating spectacular rainbows, in one of the most awe-inspiring displays in Africa, earning it the name 'Smoking Water'.

  • Other

    The Rift Valley

    The Ethiopian Rift Valley, which is part of the famous East African Rift Valley, comprises numerous hot springs, beautiful lakes and a variety of wildlife.

    The valley is the result of two parallel faults in the earth's surface, between which in distant geological time, the crust was weakened and the land subsided.

    Ethiopia is often referred to as the 'water tower' of Eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off the high tableland. A chain of seven lakes marks the Great Rift Valley’s passage through Ethiopia; each of the seven lakes has its own special life and character and provides ideal habitats for the exuberant variety of flora and fauna that make the region a beautiful and exotic destination.

  • City

    Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands, bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub.

    Addis Ababa has paramount attraction with its precious and diverse natural gifts, day-to-day cultural activities of its dwellers, as well as its historical tract and the process of the establishment of the city and its long history that makes it unique.

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    Lalibela

    Outstanding Universal Value!

    Lalibela, a small town in Northern Ethiopia, is home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. Their construction is attributed to King Lalibela who set out to build a ‘New Jerusalem’ in the 12th century, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

    The chiseled creations have turned this mountain town into a place of pride and pilgrimage for worshipers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

    There is a belief that Lalibela pilgrims share the same blessing as pilgrims to Jerusalem.

  • Icon for Park location type

    Semien National Park

    Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500m.

    Semien National Park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

    The park is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture. The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe.

  • Icon for Water location type

    The Blue Nile Falls (Tisisat Falls)

    The River Nile is the longest river in Africa; from Lake Tana, the Blue Nile, known locally as Abbay, flows from Ethiopia to meet the White Nile in Khartoum to form the great river that gives life to Egypt and the Sudan.

    It has been said that the Blue Nile contributes up to 80% of the Nile’s flow. Nowhere is it more spectacular than when it thunders over the Tisisat Falls near Bahar Dar. Here millions of gallons of water cascade over the cliff face and into a gorge, creating spectacular rainbows, in one of the most awe-inspiring displays in Africa, earning it the name 'Smoking Water'.

  • Icon for Other location type

    The Rift Valley

    The Ethiopian Rift Valley, which is part of the famous East African Rift Valley, comprises numerous hot springs, beautiful lakes and a variety of wildlife.

    The valley is the result of two parallel faults in the earth's surface, between which in distant geological time, the crust was weakened and the land subsided.

    Ethiopia is often referred to as the 'water tower' of Eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off the high tableland. A chain of seven lakes marks the Great Rift Valley’s passage through Ethiopia; each of the seven lakes has its own special life and character and provides ideal habitats for the exuberant variety of flora and fauna that make the region a beautiful and exotic destination.

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    Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands, bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub.

    Addis Ababa has paramount attraction with its precious and diverse natural gifts, day-to-day cultural activities of its dwellers, as well as its historical tract and the process of the establishment of the city and its long history that makes it unique.