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Northern Ethiopia Tours

Northern Ethiopia has probably the most well-liked tourist places within the country.  Find out more details on the historical as well as natural attractions in Ethiopia.

 

Bahir Dar and Lake Tana

Bahir Dar actually translated as “sea shore” in the native language of "Amharic", that is a appropriate title for this peaceful town which unwraps to the sacred Bahir Dar waters.  Local people navigate this lake in papyrus-tankwa boats, built in a similar way as in olden days.  Nonetheless, it's the monasteries concealed on the shores and several islands of the stunning Lake Tana which reveal the real history of the largest water body in Ethiopia

The monasteries of Lake Tana have a multitude of church valuables such as colorful Christian paintings, crosses plus crowns made of gold plus silver as well as the mummified remnants of previous Ethiopian emperors.

Lake Tana as well serves as a source for the great Blue Nile River which departs here for a lengthy journey to the large Mediterranean Sea.  Not far away from Bahir Dar, the waters of the river spill over to the stunning rocks below, generating refreshing mists plus shimmering rainbows which appear to be a permanent fitting in the surrounding.  A walk in the region near the Blue Nile Falls offers views of the resident wildlife plus the amazing birdlife in addition to the resident locals that live here.

 

Gondar
because of its empowering Seventeenth century castles, Gondar has justifiably earned the title of "Africa's Camelot." It was set up by Emperor Fasilidas  in 1636 as Ethiopia's capital , and it flourished as capital till the end of the Nineteenth century. Its variety of castles, built by different emperors all through the years is evidence of the prosperity of Gondar.

The renowned Debre Birhan Selassie church is located on a hill over the city, with magnificently painted walls unfolding several stories in the history of religion.  Actually look up and see the angels smiling down to you just from the beautiful ceiling.

Gondar is a well-liked place worth visiting when on holiday in Ethiopian Orthodox festivity of Timket, or the Epiphany, as the Bath of Fasilidas is filled up with water when the faithful rekindle their baptismal vows.

 

Axum
The numerous very old stelae, tombs, historical artifacts within Axum as well as the castles provide proof that this modest city used to be the place to find incredible civilization.  Actually, the Axumite Empire was among the extremely technologically highly developed civilizations of that time, from the First century BC up to the Seventh century AD.  Guests walking all around these historical buildings will gaze at the remains of the ancient success.

 

The most renowned historical figure known as the Axum home was the memorable Queen of Sheba, well-known in Ethiopia as "Makeda".  In accordance to Ethiopian myth, when Queen of Sheba journeyed to Israel to meet up with King Solomon, she actually bore him a baby boy, who became the 1st Emperor of Ethiopia known as Menelik I.  When you further listen to this tale, Menelik later traveled to visit his father who was staying in Israel and with him he brought the sought after "Ark of the Covenant" returning it to Ethiopia as he returned.

Axum actually claims to have the "Ark of the Covenant" today in a exclusively dedicated chapel in the compound of the church of St. Mary of Zion, in which it is cautiously guarded by one picked out monk.

The towering granite stelae have become the iconic face of Axum.  Ethiopia’s recent victory in securing the return from Italy of the largest stele ever erected at Axum has made this site ever so more impressive.

 

Lalibela
Lalibela has for ages been a location of pilgrimage ever since it was constructed about one thousand years ago!  Today, this holy city receives thousands of devoted Ethiopians as well as tourists journeying from all parts the world to think about the incomprehensible accomplishment of King Lalibela together with his people, who actually carved these eleven churches out of the bed-rock using simply primitive hand tools.

Just like most of Ethiopia, Lalibela isn't without its very own myths.  As the tale goes, when Lalibela was young, he was found encompassed by a group of bees, believed to prophesy his dominion.  Later on in life his envious brother, King Harbay, unfortunately poisoned Lalibela; getting him into a very deep sleep.  Actually it was in this very sleep that he - Lalibela was in fact taken to heaven, and there God directed him to construct the various churches visible today. Right after waking up, his repentant brother handed over the crown peacefully to Lalibela, who right away started the construction work of these churches which were carved from bedrock. These churches were constructed very fast, it is stated, since the angels carried on with the work during the night.

The most remarkable of all these constructions is Bet Giyorgis, established in honor St. George who is the patron saint of this country Ethiopia.  It is alleged that the hoof-print of George’s horse up to today can still be clearly seen within the compound.

 

Lalibela continues to be a crucial location for religious celebrations. On January 7th which is the Ethiopian Christmas, very many visitor flood this place as they come here to celebrate this sacred day.  Epiphany or even Timket, soon after on the 19th of January is the greatest celebration in Lalibela, in which the tabot (reproduction of the "Ark of the Covenant") is taken away from every church and taken to a central location for a night.  In the morning, the water is blessed and then sprinkled on the devoted gatherers, saying again their baptismal vows.

 

Simien Mountains
The Simien Mountains are the sole UNESCO World Heritage Site within Ethiopia.  The spectacular mountainous landscapes as well as jagged peaks are habitat to a number of uncommon species which are endemic only to Ethiopia.  Gelada baboon, referred to as “bleeding heart” baboon because of the red patch on its skin on the breast, may be found in vast quantities and a seeing them is normally guaranteed.

 

The native Ethiopian wolf is as well present, although in smaller numbers (it's more dominant in the Bale Mountains found in the south).  In addition endemic to this country is the walia ibex, a kind of wild goat, which can be spotted playing on the rocky landscape.

Visiting the Simien Mountains, regardless of whether a quick day tour or a one week treks will certainly amaze each and every person that comes here.

 

The Danakil Depression
The Danakil Depression, having its other unique landscapes, provides a rewarding experience to people set for adventure.  This is the area of the native Afar nomads that move over dry lands with their large camel caravans hauling chunks of salt mined from huge salt flats taking them for sale to the bigger towns.

 

At only 116 meters below sea level, Dallol is the least point on the entire African continent.   It is a stunning site to see with its sulfurous-springs offering bright colored crystalline formations.

This area is as well habitat to Forty Percent of Africa’s volcanoes, and the most renowned being the Erta Ale. To protect yourself from the daytime heat, nature hikes are carried out during the night or in the early morning, arriving at the peak just in time to view the permanent lava lake within the volcano as the sun peeps over the distant horizon - certainly a highlight of your trip!

Due to the remote location of this place, tours are carried out full-expedition manner, without any detail not considered to offer an unforgettable visit to this intriguing yet faraway part of the planet.

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