About Ethiopia

Overview

Ethiopia's rich and sovereign history has left its wide ranging and fertile highlands laden with historical treasures, ranging from the ancient tombs and obelisks to 17th century castles and hillside churches.

Ethiopia's landscapes are as dramatic as its cultured past, from the Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park, which offer high altitude trekking and interactions with dozens of animals and birds seen nowhere else on earth, to the Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia, an unforgivingly hostile environment offering extreme adventure. The remote lowlands in the southwest are also home to some of Africa's most fascinating tribes.

Testing, awe-inspiring and heartbreaking - travel through Ethiopia will be a journey you never forget.

Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Eritrea, Djibouti,Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Sudan. The country has a high centralplateau that varies from 1,800 to 3,000 meters (6,000 ft.-10,000 ft.) above sealevel, with some mountains reaching 4,620 meters (15,158 ft.). Elevation is generally highest just before the point of descent to the Great Rift Valley, which splits the plateau diagonally. A number of rivers cross the plateau--notably the Blue Nile flowing from Lake Tana.The plateau gradually slopes to the lowlands of Ethiopia's neighbors to the west and the Somali-inhabited plains to the southeast.