Ethiopia is a land of diversity offering a large variety of attractions to satisfy the interest of most tourists of various preferences. It is extremely rich in history, diverse culture, mesmerizing landscape sceneries, exceptional natural attractions like Danakil depression, ornithology, Fauna and Flora.
Home to the 3.2 million year old world famous hominid, Lucy, and many other hominids dated 6 million years ago, Ethiopia is often referred to as the cradle of mankind. The Ethiopian National Museum enshrines Lucy and other hominids discovered in Ethiopia over the years.
Ethiopia is not only the cradle of mankind but also has an impressive history as a country. Centers of ancient organized states starting from the 7th century BC can be visited in places such as Yeha and the city of Axum. Ethiopia’s unique medieval rock hewn churches concentrated in Tigray and Lalibela are living testimonies of its greatness!
Ethiopia’s historical sites are the hosts of many ceremonies and festivals throughout the year. The Timket (Baptism) Holiday celebrated every January in Gondar and around the country and the Christmas feast in Lalibela are amongst many colorful Christian feasts and celebrations. Of the sites related with Islam, Negashi and Harar are two of the earliest Muslim settlements in the World. The Muslim city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia is said to be the 4th holiest Muslim city in the world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Visiting its shrines provides great insight into the Ethiopian Muslim culture and history.
Ethiopia has great cultural diversity which is manifested in varying forms of house construction, dressing, body decorations, hair styles, music and dance.
Geographically Ethiopia is a land of many landscapes, home to some of Africa’s highest mountains as well as some of the lowest places in the world. Ethiopia’s high raised mountains, over 3000 meters (9842 feet's) above sea level, have earned Ethiopia the title “The roof of Africa”. Splitting the country into two is the Ethiopian Rift Valley. The geographical variation results in diversity of flora and fauna and as a result Ethiopia is endowed with temperate region vegetation in areas such as the Simien Mountains and Saharan- like habitat in the Afar Desert.
The diversity of Ethiopia’s fauna allows it to home some of the most known African Savanna animals such as lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes and buffalo. Additionally some rare animals endemic to Ethiopia such as the Walia Ibex as well six other mammals can also be seen. With more than 950 species of birds Ethiopia boasts the second largest bird species variety in Africa following South Africa.
Geta Tours Ethiopia (GTE) is ready to take you through the many diverse attractions of Ethiopia. We can ensure that you not only visit the popular historical and scenic attractions but also the less explored sights such as well-hidden monasteries, villages and typical Ethiopian households.