Ethiopia, unique and secluded in its highland fastness, presents superb scenery, rich heritage, and some of the most impressive architecture in the world. The mountain scenery alone astounds visitors, but the 3000-year history of ancient Abyssinia offers the most excitement, while the remains of Lucy and the history of Haile Selassie draw visitors to Addis Ababa.

The Blue Nile’s source is in Bahirdar, with its famous monasteries. Gondar provides views of the majestic Simien Mountains and the significant churches and castles that make it the “Camelot of Africa.” The 12th-century monolithic Christian churches of King Lalibela are touted as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Please note that traveling Ethiopia is more strenuous than Kenya and is not recommended for travelers who need assistance or have difficulty with mobility. The food is healthy yet simple, and the lodging is basic, though it will include en suite bathrooms.

September through May (Ethiopia’s summer) provide the best weather and travel. The days are pleasant, and travel to outer areas is possible. June through August sees rains which often make travel outside Addis Ababa difficult, if not impossible.