THE GONDAR CASTLES
Following the demise of Lalibela toward the end of the 13th century, Ethiopia had no national capital for hundreds of years. The emperors had to keep on the move on constant campaigns to safeguard their vast empire and ensure allegiance to their rule.
ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR
Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and 6 days in leap year.
Great Ethiopian Run
The Great Ethiopian Run is an annual 10-kilometre road running event which takes place in late November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
No place for hyperbole’s here. No need to resort to over-worked adjectives. For the sights of the Semien are genuinely and universally awe-inspiring — forcing all simply to contemplation.
THE PEOPLE OF OMO
The Gamu Gofa area of the Omo basin has no less than 22 different ethnic groups. Those of the lower Omo Valley are the most remote and traditional in their ways.
ERTA ALE EXPEDITION
The Afar people call it Erta Ale, literally meaning “The smoking of Mountain”. As part of the East African Rift System, Erta Ale is an isolated basaltic shield volcano that is the most active volcanic lake in Ethiopia.