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  • 1

    Merkato

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    4
    13 reviews

    All routes begin in the Capital, Addis Ababa. Mercato is the largest open-air market in Africa. It employs tens of thousands and spans a 5 km width. Be warned, you can literally find anything. A guide is essential for safety and comfort. A walk-through is a cultural assault of all the senses. Afterwards, stop for some respite on the fringes ...

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  • 2

    Rock-Hewn Churches

    4
    6 reviews

    it's an amazing place

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  • 3

    Fasil Ghebbi

    North Gonder, Ethiopia
    4
    5 reviews

    it's a wonderful & amazing place which shows people's civilization some centuries ago

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  • 4

    Mago National Park

    Ethiopia
    5
    2 reviews

    Serious wilderness and home to the colourful Surma tribe.

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  • 5

    Omo National Park

    Ethiopia
    5
    2 reviews

    African wilderness not to be missed. Home to the fascinating Mursi tribe.

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  • 6

    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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  • 7

    Simien Mountains National Park

    Ethiopia
    4.5
    2 reviews

    Simien Mountains National Park is truly stunning. The mountains and canyons here are certainly comparable to the Grand Canyon and many national parks in the western United States. A great place to view wildlife, including: Ibex, Gelada, and many different species of birds. The real highlight for us was walking through local villages and seeing the young shepherds in the ...

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  • 8

    Aksumite Stelae

    Aksum, Ethiopia
    4.5
    2 reviews

    These lovely stelae are the highlight of Aksum. It doesn't take long to see them but they are impressive and are the primary reason to visit Aksum.

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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

    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.

  • 11

    St. Mary of Zion Churches

    Aksum, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    Although the new church is an eyesore, the old church has a number of attractive paintings and is worth a visit if you are in Aksum. Ethiopians believe that one of the chapels here houses the Ark of the Covenant. The rest of the world is highly skeptical but it makes for added intrigue and interest.

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  • 12

    Archaeological Museum

    Aksum, Ethiopia
    4
    2 reviews

    best creation ever

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  • 13

    Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Said to contain the original Ark of the Covenant

  • 14

    Bahir Dar

    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
    5
    1 review

    Loved the new modern hotels and the monasteries

  • 15

    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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  • 16

    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 ...

  • 17

    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.

  • 18

    Kotebe

    Kotebe, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    5
    1 review

    home of gangs

  • 19

    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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  • 20

    Hamer tribe market in Southern Ethiopia's jungle

    5
    1 review

    Turmi and Key Afer markets are fiercely local in every sense. Hamer tribes converge to browse vegetables and household goods spread on cloths on the dusty soil. Hamer women feature tightly knit braided hair covered in red earth and butter, which seeps onto rich coffee skin. Breasts are exposed, as are backs, which bear deep scars of pre-wedding ritual slashings. ...

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