Historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of the old African kingdom of Ethiopia.
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.