Lalibela: Ethiopian holy city mired in protests and controversy; James Jeffrey; Al Jazeera

The much-vaunted rock-hewn churches of Lalibela have lately become the surprising source of protests and local tensions.

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15 Essential Activities To Do In Ethiopia On A Budget; Africa.com

Ethiopia is one of the oldest and most remarkable places in Africa. It’s got a long and storied history, incredible food, and some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

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How to travel to Ethiopia on a budget; Mpho Rantao; IOL Travel

Ethiopia is a beautiful country that is worth visiting without emptying your entire wallet.

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Which holiday destinations pack the most dramatic punch?; Lucy Jackson; SCMP

Feeling adventurous? Here are 8 spots that are well off the beaten path…

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Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela Need Urgent Repair; ENA

Addis Ababa October 13/2018. The Rock-hewn Church of Lalibela, a world-renowned UNESCO world heritage site, needs an urgent repair, as the damage to the church is becoming serious. The monuments are severely degraded from water damage as the drainage ditches at the church were filled with earth for several centuries, before being cleared in the 20th century. A temporary shelter was built to protect the monuments from the rains, since erosion due mainly to weathering is damaging the stone surfaces of all the churches.

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Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia: A stunning Unesco world-heritage park; Sue Williams; Traveller

Nature abounds in the stunning Simien Mountains National Park.

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Ethiopia’s stunning UNESCO world-heritage trek; Sue Williams; Traveller

Trekking can be a lonely experience but not when you run into plentiful friendly locals – baboons, monkeys, jackals and hydrax – along the way.

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25 life-changing experiences in Africa you need to have before you die; Laura Reilly; Matador Network

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

FORGET ABOUT THOSE TRENDY DESTINATIONS THAT FLOOD YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED: Iceland is overrun with so-called influencers posing in front of waterfalls, Machu Picchu is turning into Peruvian Disney Land, and Thailand has more drunk backpackers flooding their beaches than they know what to do with. These tourist hotspots are becoming so overdone, that traveling to them hardly seems adventurous anymore. Thankfully, there is one, massive destination that is teeming with unique experiences, incredibly diverse culture, and the most iconic wildlife in the world: Africa. When it comes to tourism, Africa has long been viewed as a vacation spot for khaki vest-wearing retirees to sit from the comfort of an air-conditioned safari van, before resting their heads in plush Hemingway-style tents. But now, Africa is emerging as a bucket-list-worthy destination for active adventurers seeking immersive experiences, from outdoor expeditions to authentic cultural activities to yes, game drives to see the Big Five — but with the guarantee of sustainability.

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10 Utterly Unique and Totally Crazy Things to Do in Ethiopia; Steph; Big World Small Pockets

 

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

It’s no secret, my love for Ethiopia is unmatched.

Start up a conversation with me about this amazing country and you’re likely to regret it; such is my ability to wax lyrical about this totally unique place!

For it is totally unique.

I’ve travelled across Africa, and even in the countries that border this landlocked country, none are even remotely similar to the one and only Ethiopia.

And so, in case I need to prove to you just how fantastic and totally different this sensational destination is, here are 10 utterly unique and totally crazy things to do in Ethiopia!

#1 Feed Wild Hyenas in Harar

Coming in first on the list is certainly one of the craziest things to do in Ethiopia and an eternal crowd pleaser that proves just how bonkers this country is!

Yes, in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Harar in eastern Ethiopia you can feed wild hyenas.

And I’m not talking here about throwing these well-known predators a bit of meat from a distance.

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Gonder and the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia; Steph; Big World Small Pockets

Ethiopia – Fasil Ghebbi Gondar Region

The UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains and the UNESCO-listed city of Gonder (or Gondar!) are – perhaps unsurprisingly given their world heritage status – among 2 of Ethiopia’s finest attractions.

Situated close by each other, many tourists explore them together, as I did, and that’s exactly why I’m pairing them together in this guide.

Located in the Amhara region in Northern Ethiopia, I visited these 2 great parts of the country during my first trip here in December 2017 and certainly they were a large part of why I fell in love with this magical land.

From the soaring vistas of the Simien to the crumbling castles of Gonder these 2 destinations are wildly different, but equally as magnificent.

Indeed, many travellers I met in Ethiopia claim the Simien Mountains, in particular, as one of their Ethiopia highlights and if you’re heading to this country, then please do not miss this national park, or Gonder, either.

And with my ultimate travel guide to Gonder and the Simien Mountains, you can get the full rundown ahead of your trip so that you have the best time there too.

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