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  • 1

    Merkato

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    4
    13 reviews

    Definitely a hustling and bustling market, with some of the most impressive displays of people carrying huge loads of things through large crowds I have ever seen. Watch your pockets, take a guide, careful taking pictures of people without asking. There is a small section of the market selling baskets and some clothes, but the vast majority of it is ...

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  • 2

    Rock-Hewn Churches

    4
    6 reviews

    1000 year old history that still forms the centre of daily life for the local people. Grand and unique enough to be a world wonder but still curiously unknown to most tourists. A special moment.

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  • 3

    Fasil Ghebbi

    North Gonder, Ethiopia
    4
    5 reviews

    لاتعليق المكان يعبر عن نفسه تاريخ حافل

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  • 4

    Lower Valley of the Omo

    4.5
    2 reviews

    The tribal diversity here may be unmatched anywhere. It is a shame to see the river being dammed, by a government that is putting money ahead of everything else.

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  • 5

    Mago National Park

    Ethiopia
    5
    2 reviews

    On the East bank of the Omo River, this park is relatively new, established 35 years ago. The 1,500 sq mile vegetation includes a wildlife reserve, the Mago river and Lake Dipa. Narrow dirt tracks lead through epic scenes within which native nomadic tribes co-exist, predominantly the Mursi people bearing body markings and decorative lip plates.

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    Omo National Park

    Ethiopia
    5
    2 reviews

    This is the largest park in Omo Valley and is remote and isolated. Diificult to reach, an arduous journey is worthwhile as it holds 2,500 square miles of jungle and wildlife such as Buffalo, Elephants, Lions and Leopards. Situated on the West bank of the Omo River, it’s also home to some of the oldest native tribes including the striking ...

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  • 7

    Mek'ele

    Mek'ele, Ethiopia
    5
    1 review

    Mek'ele (Tigrinya: መቐለ?, Amharic: መቀሌ?, Italian: Macallè), also transliterated as Makale, is a city in northern Ethiopia and the capital of the Tigray Region. It is located some 780 kilometers north of the capital, Addis Ababa, at latitude and longitude WikiMiniAtlas 13°29′N 39°28′E / 13.483°N 39.467°E / 13.483; 39.467Coordinates: Click the blue globe to open an interactive map. 13°29′N 39°28′E ...

  • 8

    Simien Mountains National Park

    Ethiopia
    4.5
    2 reviews

    The ‘Roof of Africa’ encompasses UNESCO World Heritage Simien National Park. Trek or drive through rocketing rugged Amethyst-tainted peaks and plummeting canyons, spot the 4th highest mountain of Africa - Ras Dashen (4543m) and get close to a gamut of wildlife such as Gelada primate with it’s ‘bleeding heart.’ Majestic scenes greet the brave who scale heights to the edge, ...

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  • 9

    Simien National Park

    Wag Hemra, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    The scenery is nothing short of amazing and the wildlife is unforgettable. You can take multi-day trekking trips in these incredible mountains where you'll most likely run into huge troops of endemic gelada monkeys, possibly see bearded vultures, and if you're really, really lucky Nubian ibex or Simien wolves. Even if you aren't a wildlife buff the hiking alone is ...

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  • 10

    Ark of the Covenant, Ethiopia

    4°7'47"N 38°43'10"E
    4
    1 review

    The chest of tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, according to the Bible, has historically travelled some distance. Now it’s widely believed to be held in the Chapel of the Tablet, adjoining the 16th C stone-built St Mary of Zion Church. No-one is allowed to see the religious relic which is kept under guard. The chapel was designed ...

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  • 11

    St. Mary of Zion Churches

    Aksum, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    The Ark of the Covenant, chest of tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, according to the Bible, has historically travelled some distance. Now it’s widely believed to be held in the Chapel of the Tablet, adjoining the 16th Century stone built St Mary of Zion Church. No-one is allowed to see the religious relic which is kept under ...

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  • 12

    Archaeological Museum

    Aksum, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    Worth a visit if you are in Aksum. Provides a relatively succinct overview of the history of Aksum and the major sights.

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  • 13

    Saint George Interior Decoration And Art Gallery

    Taitu St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    Lovely well-curated collection of local handy crafts and art. This is a one stop shop for souvenirs that won't end up in your closet at the end of the trip. Paintings, jewelry, wooden furniture, etc.

  • 14

    Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Said to contain the original Ark of the Covenant

  • 15

    Bahir Dar

    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
    5
    1 review

    Loved the new modern hotels and the monasteries

  • 16

    Konso Cultural Landscape

    5
    1 review

    A walk through a village in the UNESCO Konso landscape is eye-opening. Stone-walled fortifications house villagers in a tradition dating back 400 years, Ankle-deep in mud, relentless flies pick at the eyes of countless young children running around naked. Each community is enclosed and tightly knit, displaying social cohesion and shared values. Thatched mud huts provide shelter as parents, children ...

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  • 17

    Blue Nile Falls

    5
    1 review

    Trekkers and adventurers will delight in the majestic scenes of wilderness unfolding along the walk and boat crossing en route to ‘Tis Abay’ in Amharic. Several streams filter over dramatic boulders, providing a much-needed refreshing spray. Neighbouring the falls, Ethiopia’s first stone bridge dating back to the 16th Century makes a daring crossing. Look out for a hauntingly beautiful boy, ...

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  • 18

    Salem's

    Off Bole, heading toward the airport turn left at Yugo Church
    5
    1 review

    This is a super cool place. Run by an Ethiopian couple that has lived in the states for a long time and is well traveled. They understand the beauty of the Ethiopian culture, and the styles and standards that travelers will be looking for. They have a weaving and jewelry studio right there on the property, where you can see ...

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  • 19

    Palace of Abba Jiffar

    5
    1 review

    A palace made of wood by an African king. Very different than anything we had seen or even imagined. Well with a visit.

  • 20

    Awassa university city

    5
    1 review

    One of the largest cities in the South, Awassa is a university city. Complete with bars, cafes and restaurants, it’s a culture shock from the rest of the region. On the banks of Lake Awassa and in the Great Rift Valley, this is a surreal metropolis in which to enjoy coffee and cake in a modern urban coffee shop, usually ...

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