Flights to Ethiopia
Flights to Ethiopia
Ethiopia – Hidden Gem in the Horn of Africa
An enticing land in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, also officially called as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. This landlocked country shares its borders with Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan. The country is famed for its opulent past, natural beauty with a variety of astonishing landscapes and magnificent heritage places.
About the Country
Ethiopia, covering in an area of 1,126,829 square kilometers, is the 27th largest nation in the globe. The country’s population with more than 91 million people makes it the world’s most populous landlocked country. The population is almost equally distributed between Christians, residing in the highlands and Muslims living in the low lying regions.The largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia consist of Amhara, Oromo and Tigreans. Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is the largest city and serves as the main entrance for international airlines to the country.
The country has two seasons – the dry season starting from October to May, accompanying short rains in March and the wet season prevailing from June to September. However, the seasons vary in southern region of Ethiopia with main rains during March to June and offering light rainfall during November. The central highland regions, where most people resides enjoys pleasant and temperate climate throughout the year while the low lying regions experience sub-tropical and tropical climates with considerably hot weather. The dry season is probably the best time of the year to visit Ethiopia. It is also a worth planning a trip during Timket (Jan) and Meskel (Sep) festivals which are celebrated with great pomp and show.
Major Cities & Attractions
Addis Ababa, serving as the nation’s capital is the most important city and is a major shopping hub in Africa. Located near Addis, Adama, the ancient city of Aksum, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa, Gondar, Harar, Lalibela and Mekela are popular tourist destinations in the country.
Ethiopia offers a wealth of tourist attractions. The country is home to some of the highest and most gorgeous places in the entire Africa continent. The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, dating back to 12th century are one of the most famous attractions in Ethiopia. The structures are known for its artistic and architectural splendor. Dug into the ground, the sight of the St. George’s Cross is truly amazing.
The Danakil depression in the country’s north east is a geographical fascinating area packed with active volcanoes, lava lakes, salted lakes, lunar landscapes and hot springs. The lowest point in the entire Africa, the place is among the top attractions in Ethiopia. Often referred to as God’s playground, the Simein Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must see site in the country. It is an ideal blend of wildlife and spectacular landscapes.
The Rift Valley, comprising of charming lakes and a range of wildlife, the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, the Sof Omar Cave, one of the world’s most amazing underground cave systems are also popular places to visit in Ethiopia. Rich in fauna, Ethiopia is also a paradise for wildlife lovers. Some of the well known national parks to be visited include Awash National Park, Omo National Park, Mago National Park and Gambala National Parks. Also, don’t miss to feed hyenas in Harar, which is one of the interesting and popular attractions in Ethiopia.
Eating & Shopping
The most popular cuisine in Ethiopia primarily consists of an array of thick meat stews, locally called as ‘wat’, which is served or eaten with ‘injera’, a tangy tasting sourdough prepared from teff flour. Some of the best known wats are yebeg (lamb) wat, asa (fish) wat and doro (chicken) wat. Other dishes including Kitfo, tihlo, chechebsa, dhanga, marga, michirra and chukka are also very popular and widely eaten throughout the country. Addis Ababa offer fine dining options with a choice of international as well as traditional cuisines.
The country offers some special surprises for those who love shopping. Some of the excellent items to shop for in Ethiopia are coffee beans, local jewelry made of gold and silver, woodcarvings, leather shields, drums, carpets, wooden & metal crosses, decorative art works and illuminated manuscripts. The country’s cosmopolitan capital, Addis Ababa featuring the Africa’s largest open market, the Mercato is the most popular shopping destination in Ethiopia.
Flights to Ethiopia
Bole International Airport located in the city of Addis Ababa is the prime international airport connecting Ethiopia to the rest of the world. The other important airports offering international flight services in the country also include Dire Dawa airport, Mekele airport and Bahir Dar airport. Ethiopian Airlines is the major air carrier serving Ethiopia.
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