Ethiopia: Run with the Champions

In 1960 a barefoot Abebe Bikila won an Olympic marathon in Rome and became a symbol of the determination and endurance of the Ethiopian people. Since then the world has watched awestruck as the country’s long distance runners have triumphed at the games time and again.

Today you can join the annual great Ethiopian run in Addis Ababa, started by the legendary gold medalist Haile GebreSelassie and now attracting more than 40,000 competitors. Elsewhere the spectacular landscape offers many trail running routes and high altitude training opportunities.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

Ethiopia: Dramatic Landscapes

Ethiopia boasts landscapes of stunning beauty and dramatic contrasts from the soaring pinnacles of the Simien Mountains – the roof of Africa – to the plummeting depths of the Danakil Depression, the lowest – and hottest – place on earth.

You will find cloud forests such as those in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve – the sole home of many wild coffee varieties – active volcanoes, hot springs, cool underground caverns, rugged gorges, spectacular waterfalls, rivers and shimmering lakes. The largest, Lake Tana, is the source of the life-nurturing Blue Nile.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

Ethiopia: Unforgettable Adventures

A gentle stroll through beautiful surroundings or a walk on the wild side – Ethiopia offers walking, hiking and trekking at every level and all year round.

So you can stretch yourself along the roof of Africa, the Simien Mountains (a UNESCO natural world heritage site), hike in Gheralta or be thrilled by ascending the active Erta Ale volcano – the ‘smoking mountain’. Or take an easy walk or horseback ride in the lush Harena Forest of Bale Mountains to explore deep gorges and lakes.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

Ethiopia: Soul Enriching Wonders

Ethiopia’s history stretches back to before recorded time to an age when our first ancestors walked the earth. Here you can see fossils tracing the origin of humankind including our oldest forebears – the 3.2 million year old ‘Lucy’.

This land abounds in mysteries – the Queen of Sheba, the resting place of the biblical Ark of the Covenant – and in the extraordinary achievements of ancient civilizations – Aksum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the colourful and holy Islamic city of Harar, all of them World Heritage Sites.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

Ethiopia: A Cultural Mosaic

Ethiopia is a living kaleidoscope of peoples drawn from many different ethnic backgrounds and speaking over 80 different languages, united in mutual respect for each other and a genuine warmth towards guests in the land of which they are so proud.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

Ethiopia: The Diplomatic Capital of Africa

Addis Ababa is the diplomatic capital of Africa, with 120 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions, plus the headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

A growing number of international standard hotels, including the Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson Blue, Golden Tulip, Marriott and Ramada, an ever-improving infrastructure, a hub airport and world-class conference venues at the AU, the UNECA and the Millennium Hall, make Addis Ababa a destination of choice for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

Outside of Addis Ababa, cities such as Mekele, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Dire Dawa, Bishoftu and Adama offer excellent venues and facilities for meetings.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty.

Ethiopia: A Land of Rare Species

The range of terrain and climate make Ethiopia the fourth largest biodiversity zone on earth – with more unique species of flora than any other country in Africa – and a wildlife lover’s paradise.

Ethiopia’s birdlife is among the best in Africa thanks to its incredible range of different habitats and proximity to the equator. Of the 860 species found here, 18 are endemic.

Make time to visit Ethiopia, and discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture – still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty. Come and you will witness how Ethiopia is original in many ways.

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