Young people are trendsetters, and new research shows that Africa has become the most desired travel destination for Western youths. The trend bodes well for Africa’s booming travel industry.
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.
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.