Tourism in Ethiopia – Top 5 Tourist attractions in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is a country that has diverse tourist attractions and for this reason, tourism in Ethiopia has continued to grow recording positive progress in tourist arrivals over the last few years. Ethiopia has unique cultural heritage, stunning landscapes and hospitable people. This vibrant land has plenty to captivate visitors, which has made it the world’s best tourism destination according to the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

Tourism in Ethiopia is highlighted by quite a variety of attractions. Some of these top attractions in Ethiopia include the monolithic rock-hewn churches with breath taking architectural designs in the ancient city of Lalibela. There are 11 rock-hewn churches each carved out of a single block of granite.

The Church of Saint George, a monolithic church in Lalibela.

Fasil Ghebbi is another major asset for tourism in Ethiopia. The fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th Century. The city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private buildings marked with Hindu and Arab influences.

Another beautiful attraction contributing to the growth of Ethiopia tourism is Danakil Depression, located in the Afar Region. It is one of the hottest places on earth, recording temperatures of up to 125 degrees Celsius. The Danakil Depression is covered by impressive expanses of yellow mounds of sulfur, salt and mineral deposits.

Acid pools in Dallol, Danakil Depression.

The Simien Mountains National Park is another significant asset for Ethiopia tourism. The Simien Mountains National Park is often dubbed the Grand Canyon of Africa due to its undulating plateau and deep valleys. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a number of endangered species including the Ethiopian wolf and Walia ibex.

Semien-mountains

A typically spectacular view of the Simien Mountains National Park.

Ethiopia is also a perfect centre for safari and adventure tourism. Just like its counterparts in East Africa, the country’s parks are a major contributor in the sector of tourism in Ethiopia. The country has several parks including Awash National Park, Bale Mountains National Park, Omo National Park among others that are suitable for this special kind of tourism. There are also necessary infrastructural networks, and many hotels in Ethiopia for guests visiting these parks making Ethiopia, one of the world’s top adventure destinations.

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