Rock on in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has a trea­sure trove of sites to en­tice trav­ellers seek­ing ex­pe­ri­ences off the beaten track with UNESCO World Her­itage sites, na­tional parks and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. For nat­u­ral beauty and wildlife ex­pe­ri­ences, visit the na­tional parks in the Simien and Bale Moun­tains where Ge­lada mon­keys, birds and ibex can be spot­ted. Historic sites don’t come much bet­ter than the rock-hewn churches of Lal­i­bela and the cas­tles in Gon­dar. Lal­i­bela has 11 churches with the most im­pres­sive be­ing Bete Giy­or­gis (St Ge­orge) – carved en­tirely out of a sin­gle block of gran­ite, while in Gon­dar, the royal com­pound is a per­ma­nent fix­ture on most tours. The Erta Ale Vol­cano is spec­tac­u­lar, and on a tour of the Omo Val­ley you might visit one of the tribes that call this area home. Bird lovers will be keen to visit the lakes dot­ted along the floor of the Rift Val­ley, while in the north, 3,000-year-old Ak­sum has mono­lithic obelisks, royal tombs and cas­tles dat­ing back to the reign of the Queen of Sheba. To ex­pe­ri­ence one of Ethiopia’s great­est cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, visit dur­ing Timkat, the Ethiopian Epiphany, on the 19th Jan­uary each year. ethiopia. travel

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