Vacations & Travel - - Global wildlife -

• OMO AND AWASH VALLEYS: Visit the UNESCO World Her­itage-listed ar­eas of the Omo and Awash Valleys. The Awash Val­ley, lo­cated near Dji­bouti in the Afar region, is where the skele­ton of ‘Lucy’ was found. Thought to be 3.5 mil­lion years old, Lucy pro­vided a vi­tal window into the evo­lu­tion of the hu­man species.

•HARAR: The his­toric walled city of Harar dates back to the 7th Cen­tury and devel­oped as a trad­ing centre and centre of Is­lamic learn­ing. To­day it has 80 mosques and 100 shrines and show­cases the fact that Ethiopia has his­tor­i­cal ties to a number of ma­jor re­li­gions.

• SOF OMER CAVES: These caves, in the Oro­mia region in south-eastern Ethiopia, are sig­nif­i­cant as both a cul­tural and nat­u­ral trea­sure. A sheikh lived in the cave where he taught Is­lam long be­fore the re­li­gion was in­tro­duced in the region. The cave hosts two re­li­gious cer­e­monies a year. The caves are also a nat­u­ral mar­vel, with 15 kilo­me­tres of pas­sages as well as a river run­ning through the cham­bers.

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