Travel to Ethiopia:
Discover,the fascinating Culture and History of ethiopian people.
Take a tour of Ethiopia with the partners of WyspArt Foundation in Ethiopia and discover one of the world’s most fascinating and least known destinations. For travellers who wants to have a travel of their life time, Ethiopia offers an unforgettable experience for all types of travellers.
Ethiopia, is a hidden paradise for travelleres and one of Africa’s most fascinating countries. It is a land rich in culture and traditions dating back to 3000 years, with some of the most impressive historical sites in all of Africa; stunning landscapes, an abundance of unique endemic wildlife; and fascinating people and cultures...the incredible 12th century Rock hewn churches of Lalibella , and the shelter for the Real Ark of the Covenant at Axum, the ancient and the massive giant obelisks at Axum , the enchanting castles in Gondar, the medieval town of Harar, the source of the Blue Nile,the famous monasteries on Tana Lake, and the rugged Simien Mountains, the nomadic people of the Omo Valley tribes whose lifestyles surely do not vary much from that of their ancestors thousands of years ago ... much more.
Take a trip to this fascinating country and discover the only African nation that was never colonized. Learn about a nation that officially adopted Christianity in the 4th century and yet is the site of the first Hijra in Islamic history and the oldest Muslim settlement in Africa.
The cradle of humanity: the origine of Ethiopia is the origine of us all. Ethiopia is home to many of the most ancient hominid remains yet discovered.
What other country can boast such rich archeology, anthropology. The oldest hominid (Australopithecus Ramidus) - a new species 4 was discovered in Ethiopia and is thought to be 4 million years old. Ethiopia is the home to Lucy's fossils (3.2 million) years old which is now found in the National musuem in Addis Abeba, and recent findings suggest the earliest ape man lived in Ethiopia 5 million years ago.
Experience the very best of Africa all in One Country: in terms of the sheer variety of fascinating destinations no other place in Africa compares to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the only African country which has all the three attractions altogether: Historical, Cultural and Natural Attractions.
Dangers & annoyances
Compared with many African countries, violent crime is rare; against travellers it’s extremely rare. Ethiopia is one of the safest countries in Africa for foreigners. Petty theft is common in Addis Abeba , but is less common elsewhere.
However, you should take extra precautions to secure their valuables. A money belt or other means to hide cash and documents is strongly recommended.
Eventhough the Ethiopians have a lot of varieties of delicious food, Be careful of the food you eat, and don't stay in the sun too long. If you get sick, go to one of the big private hospitals, eg, Korean, Hayat, St Gabriels.
Do not drink tap water. Bottled water for drinking is available almost everywhere in small, medium and big bottles. Addis tap water is better than in many other cities, but even there hotels generally recommend guests not to drink it, nor to eat salads and uncooked foodstuffs that are commonly washed in tap water. Make sure you drink enough water, especially when the weather is hot.
Consult a doctor before going to Ethiopia and stock up on prescription drugs you require. The risk of malaria is low in the capital and the highlands, but high in the lake regions and lowlands. Doxycycline for malaria prevention is cheap in Addis.
Ethiopia is a multiethnic state with a variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken.
Amharic - is the first official language of Ethiopia. In all parts of the country everyone speaks Amharic to some extent, no matter what their first language may be. The language is written in the Ge'ez script.
In big cities, most people under 40 speak some English. English is the primary foreign language taught in schools. Ethiopians have a distinct way of speaking English. Because it is heavily accented, it might be a bit difficult to understand it at the beginning. However, when you get used to the way they pronounce some English words, it will become fairly understandable.)
Up north in Tigray, Tigrinya is the primary language, and it's also written in Ge'ez. However, Amharic is widely understood.
In the middle regions, is widely spoken. Oromo language uses a Latin alphabet.
Visa and Immigration Requirements
Nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
Ethiopia is the GMT +3 hours time zone. Ethiopian follows the ancient Ge'ez calendar which consists of 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days (6 in leap year.)
Omo Valley and Epiphany (Timket) festival
10 Days - Tribes of the Omo Valley
The historic route of Ethiopia 14 days by road