Ethiopia is home to several stunning national parks and world heritage sites.
National Parks of Ethiopia
- Abelti National Forest
- Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park
- Alatish National Park
- Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve
- Awash National Park
- Bale Mountains National Park
- Chelbi Wildlife Reserve
- Gambella National Park
- Gewane Wildlife Reserve
- Mago National Park
- Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area
- Mile-Serdo Wildlife Reserve
- Nechisar National Park
- Omo National Park
- Semien Mountains National Park
- Shire Wildlife Reserve
- Tama Wildlife Reserve
- Yabello Sanctuary
- Yangudi Rassa National Park
Top Cities of Ethiopia
- Addis Ababa: The high-volume crowds of Ethiopia’s capital city balance out the serenity of its highlands. In Addis you will find cornerstones of the Ethiopian identity, such as the country’s National Museum, and fine dining establishments that serve the best of Ethiopian food.
- Dire Dawa: This city buzzes not only with activity, but with its thrilling confluence of Greek, Arab, French, and Italian culture. The Dachatu River splits Dire Dawa into two quarters, each of which brim with markets and structures with architectural influence from both the East and West.
- Harar: With its landscape of small streets and mosques, this holy Islamic city became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006, and has the habit of making visitors feel like they traversed backwards in time to the era of vast trade between East Africa and the Arab world.
Self-Driving in Ethiopia
Foreigners who wish to drive in Ethiopia must be in possession of a temporary Ethiopian driver’s license, which they must receive through a valid residence permit. Given these laborious steps and the lack of substantial road infrastructure, we do not recommend tourists to self-drive in Ethiopia. Booking with knowledgeable travel agents and guides allows you to experience the smoothest transportation possible. To organize your trip to Ethiopia, enquire now.
Things to Do
Things to Do in Ethiopia (Non-Wildlife)
- Hyena Man of Harar: The often misunderstood and villainized hyena share a hypnotizing, almost sacred interaction with Harar’s “hyena man” as he feeds them morsels of meat in close proximity. Hyena and Hararis trace their shared history back to the medieval period, during which the walled city fed the fierce canids porridge in order to keep their inhabitants safe from attacks. This contemporary ritual between one man and his carefully forged connections with these captivating animals thus serves as a peek into a much longer history. You certainly do not want to miss it.
- Omo Valley: This remote valley in Ethiopia’s southwestern region functions as home for eighteen different tribes. Among these include the Surma tribes, which consist specifically of the Suri, Mursi, and Mekan peoples. The Surma have retained their nomadic way of life, as well as their distinct aesthetic practices, which include lip plates, body scarification, and brightly colored paints. These people have redefined the relationships humans share with art and the body. After speaking with them, your perspective is sure to shift.
- The Rock Churches of Tigray: The Tigray region lies in northern Ethiopia alongside its border with Eritrea. With its secluded, rock-hewn churches, Tigray serves as a critical lens into medieval East African Christianity. These testaments to human knowledge and religious devotion stand as architectural and historical wonders amidst the backdrop of contemporary life.
- Danakil Depression: In the northwest of Ethiopia, the otherworldly Danakil Depression evokes landscapes of Mars or the Moon. The only reminders of life on Earth are the Afar people, and the simultaneously delicate yet highly chemical bodies of water that form the dwindling flow of the Awash River. The extreme heat in the depression vaporizes water and leaves behind salt pans, from which the region earns majority of its revenue.