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Éthiopia, often thought of as the cradle of humanity, has much to see: the breathtaking views of the wonderful Simian and Mount Bale National Parks, as well as Lalibela's and Gondar's ancient history promise you an incredible journey. Equally, the country's cuisine and coffee ceremonies should not be missed - two delightful ways to discover this unique country and immerse yourself among the locals. It's worth remembering that few countries combine such a wealth of history, landscapes and biodiversity. From the major places of interest in the north to the unsuspected treasures of the south, a stay in Ethiopia promises to be memorable. Discover our maps to plan your trip in the best possible way.
Éthiopia is without any doubt one of the jewels of the African continent. As interesting as it is magnificent, the country is replete with treasures that delight every visitor. A visit to the capital, Addis Ababa, is a must. The northern region is home to the majority of the country's tourist attractions, including the cities of Lalibela and Gondar as well as the Simien National Park. Equally, don't miss the east of the country where Harar, the country's most beautiful city can be found. In the very south is the pleasant city of Awasa. Exploring the Rift Valley, with its great lakes, national parks, numerous species of wildlife is equally indispensable.
Overview of 5 tourist regions
Culturally and historically speaking, Ethiopia is probably one of Africa's richest countries. A trip to Éthiopia is also a guarantee of spectacular landscapes. If you love walking, you won't be disappointed by Simien National park which shelters numerous endemic species of animal, Mago National Park's surprising mix of deserts, Savannah and verdant mountains, and the Bale mountains with their breathtaking views. For a touch of history, Axum, Gondar and Lalibela are unmissable and classed as UNESCO world heritage sites. With their churches sculpted into the rock face, their historic remains and medieval castles, you could almost be in Europe. Said by some to be the most beautiful city in Ethiopia, the fortified city of Harar is als worth a visit. Walking through its colourful narrow streets is a real pleasure. Finally, the lakes of the Rift Valley will take you back in time to the birthplace of humanity.
Routes and distances maps
If Ethiopia is an increasingly developed country, the infrastucture remains impractical for getting around. Between the terrible state of the roads, and the children and animals in the road, you have to be extremely careful. That's why it's highly recommended to hire a driver who knows the roads well.
Hiring a car in Éthiopia necessarily includes a driver if you want to leave the capital. It's a recommended service as the driver will act as your guide and translator too. It is advisable to hire a 4x4 given the state of the roads.
Buses are the preferred mode of transport for local people. Although they serve most of the big cities, they are infrequent, often overcrowded and journeys are extremely long due to the number of stops. It's a cheap alternative, but not recommended if you want to travel the country.
The rail network is not at all well developed despite recent infrastructure projects. This is not a recommended form of transport.
Given the distances between cities, flying will save you time. The national Ethiopian Airlines has a good reputation. Prices are reasonable, with return flights costing around 100 dollars. It is worth knowing that flights are cheaper if booked with a local travel agency.
Finally, for getting around the cities, Addis Ababa in particular, taxis are clearly the best option. As a tourist, you should always negotiate as there are no fixed prices, and journeys are not metered. In other cities, don't hesitate to climb on board a tuk-tuk, the small blue three-wheelers which go absolutely everywhere. They are a very cheap and useful way to cover short distances.