Feeling adventurous? Here are 8 spots that are well off the beaten path…
Nature abounds in the stunning Simien Mountains National Park.
Trekking can be a lonely experience but not when you run into plentiful friendly locals – baboons, monkeys, jackals and hydrax – along the way.
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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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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TWILIGHT had enveloped the Simien Mountains, high up on the roof of Africa, when a series of high-pitched screams pierced the cold night air. The din increased. Shifting position on the rocks where I was seated, I waited patiently.
There was movement to my left and, as my eyes adjusted to the dark, a troop of some 100 Gelada baboons suddenly appeared from the plains below, heading towards the rocky cliffs for the night. As they nimbly descended the rock face and entered the caves for protection from hyenas, leopards and wolves, they squabbled amongst themselves.
The dominant male bared his enormous canine teeth and, for nearly half an hour, chased away bachelors before each baboon found its own shelter and quiet was restored. This phenomenon, I learned, is a nightly occurrence in the Simien Mountains.
Ethiopia may be overshadowed by wildlife tourism.
Feeling inspired? These eight carefully chosen trekking trips offer a sublime adventure you’ll never forget.
These trekking trips are not for the faint-hearted nor for the narrow-minded. A great trail is bound to make you look at more than the map and these eight carefully chosen paths are sure to do just that. With their scenic, unparalleled beauty, adventure travel involving these treks are not only meant to give you a fitter pair of lungs but to be, in the purest sense of the word, life-changing.
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Addis Ababa – Ethiopia vowed to cooperate with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to conserve its natural and cultural heritages.
An Ethiopian delegation led by Dr Tilaye Gete, Minister of Education, is in attendance of the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.
Ethiopia expressed its readiness to conserve its heritages at the event which was started on October 30 under the theme “SDGs and UNESCO’s Role in the Multilateral System.”
It also showcased its experiences in poverty reduction and expansion of education at the event which will last until November 14, 2017.
Dr Tilaye said that the event will create opportunities for world countries to join efforts to achievement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Addis Ababa September 29/2017 Semien Mountains National Park will celebrate its removal from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger and its Golden jubilee with various activities, Office of the Park announced. Semien Mountains National Park Tourism and Community Manager, Tadesse Yigzaw told ENA that the event will be celebrated with panel discussion, exhibition, and visit to the park’s main sites for three days beginning from 17 October 2017. He said research papers will be presented on sustainability of the park and on its benefits to the local communities. More than 500 participants, including officials from UNESCO, federal and regional governments, and other pertinent bodies will participate in the event. At the end of the event, the park will award certificates to local and international bodies for their contributions to the removal of the park from the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.
The World Heritage Committee meeting in Kraków has decided to remove Simien National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger in recognition of improvements in its management and of measures taken to reduce overgrazing and visitor impact.
The World Heritage Committee welcomed Ethiopia’s commitment in building an alternative road to alleviate the disturbance of traffic on the main road that crosses the property, reduce cattle overgrazing and visitor impact. The Committee furthermore welcomed the stabilization of the site’s endemic animal populations of, notably, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons.
Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. Simien National Park is home to extremely rare animal species.