In the beginning, the question was: Why Ethiopia? Why hotfoot to a remote, unsung African nation when the oomph of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania or the lure of Kenya’s Big Five lurked in the neighbourhood? However, within a day or two of landing in this charming land of genteel people, that query was turned on its head: Why didn’t I visit this place before?
This East African nation, locked deep within the Horn of Africa, is so low-profile that it rarely, if ever, makes it to a traveller’s bucket list. A pity really, because Ethiopia is an Aladdin’s cave of surprises and wonders. It hosts the ancient ruins of Aksum; the 11th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela known as the Second Jerusalem; the historic castles of Gondar; and Harar, known as the City of Love. Add to this the Bale Mountains, where it snows, savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, lush jungles, Afro-Alpine highlands, deserts cradling salt flats and yellow sulphur — and the mind boggles.
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