Historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of the old African kingdom of Ethiopia.
Tours & Attractions
You’ll need a couple of weeks to even begin to do justice to this sprawling country — bordered on the north by Sudan, on the south by Kenya and Somalia and on the east by Djibouti and Eritrea, which gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year guerrilla war.
In a high valley, with striated mountains stretching upward around it, Lalibela is Ethiopia’s main attraction. As the legend goes, King Lalibela’s mother discovered her infant son covered by a swarm of bees that wouldn’t sting. She took it as a sign he would one day rule and gave him the name Lalibela, meaning “the bees recognize his sovereignty.”
Lalibela may be Ethiopia’s most dramatic attraction, but it’s not its only one. Stephan Faris explores Aksum, the country’s ancient capital.
Addis Ababa means New Flower in Amharic and was given the name when the capital was moved here in 1896. Today a new New Flower is coming in Addis Ababa . High rise buildings, modern and quality accomodation, industry as well boulevards and avenues for the continuously growing car park, is replacing the old face of Addis Ababa.
The natural beauty of Ethiopia amazes the first-time visitor. Ethiopia is a land of rugged mountains (some are over 4000 meters high) broad savannah, lakes and rivers. The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collections of birdlife, great escarpments and stunning vistas.
Addis Ababa is the diplomatic capital of Africa. It is quite a busy city. There are many tourist interest spots in the city which you can enjoy. Here are some of the top “must-see” places. It is by far not comprehensive. There is a lot more to see in Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia is founded by Atse(King) Menelik. This thriving city is a home to 4 million people.