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Ethiopia has extraordinary vibrant cultures, rich history and dramatic landscapes. Taste its history wandering the giant stelae fields of Axum, the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the 14th century monasteries on Lake Tana’s islands. For culture, visit the Omo Valley and its fascinating ancient tribes – the Karo, Hamer and Ari. Discover the dramatic lunar-like Danakil Depression, the cauldron of deep ravines and towering pinnacles of the Simien Mountains, and little-visited Bale Mountains National Park for the rare Ethiopian wolf.

Only around 400 wolves survive, yet they’re surprisingly easy to spot. We’d not long arrived on the Sanetti Plateau in Bale when we saw a wolf in the distance. While looking through binoculars, another wolf approached our jeep and quietly watched us. Had I not spotted him in our wing mirror, we would never have known he was there. He stayed for several minutes; a perfect model for some beautiful photographs.

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Delve into a largely unknown side of African history on an incredible journey. We visit the amazing rock cut churches of Lalibela – one of the continent’s highlights – the medieval monasteries of Lake Tana and the little visited churches of Tigray. As well as this we explore royal heritage at Gondar and ancient history at Axum.

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Ethiopia, a Cultural Walking tour from the Blue Nile to the Simien Mountains, explores many facets of this ancient civilisation - 12C rock-cut churches in Lalibela and Tigray; wildlife walks in the Simien mountains; a boat trip on Lake Tana and the imperial capitals of Gondar and Axum.

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £4,894
  • Operator: Kudu Travel
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Ethiopia, East Africa & Gorillas from Dragoman is an exhilarating holiday in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda. Available from 21 Jan 2020 to 22 Mar 2022 this 64 day trip costs from £4,505 and has a maximum group size of 22 persons.

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Superb walking and trekking holiday in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, plus visits to Gondar and Lalibela

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Trans Africa - the Cape to Cairo from Dragoman is an exhilarating holiday in Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Available from 2 Dec 2019 to 19 Apr 2022 this 142 day trip costs from £9,375 and has a maximum group size of 22 persons.

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This epic expedition through Africa encompasses all the incredible landscapes, culture & wildlife you could imagine. From the harshness of the Sahara desert, the dense jungles of central Africa and the amazing wildlife of East Africa, the varied landscapes and cultures that make up this continent will leave an indelible mark on you forever.

  • Holiday duration: 278 days
  • Price from: £7,450
  • Operator: Oasis Overland
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Available from 22 September 2019 to 13 October 2019 this 21 day trip costs from £4995 and has a maximum group size of 12 persons.

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Ethiopia is a plateau, riven by deep gorges, and its isolation has ensured that its people and culture are quite distinct from the rest of Africa. For thousands of years this has been reflected in its history. This is a poor country periodically devastated by famine, but beautifully green and fertile for the most part and constantly modernising.

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The cultural highlights of Ethiopia’s Historic Circuit combined with three days in the Simien Mountains National Park.

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The dramatic skyline of peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaux of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is, arguably, the most awe-inspiring landscape in Africa

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