The emerging country of Ethiopia, rich with history and soul is destined for greatness in both economy and truism from the near future on. Hiking in Ethiopia today, is a chance never to return to this rapidly changing and developing country.
The dominantly Christian country of Ethiopia boost a population over a hundred million and becoming increasingly urbanized like most of the continent. Consequently, the quality of life and safety increases slow but steady. Hiking in Ethiopia is safer and more accessible than ever and the soulful people of Ethiopia have much to teach to the curious adventurers on the not so remote Horn of Africa.
This beautiful land has one-of-a-kind beauty, primal, and touching to the hikers, and backpackers. Most journey starts at the capital and its busiest airport.
Oftentimes referred to as the capital of Africa, Addis Ababa is buzzing with life, cultural and political activities. The city of almost 3 million souls and gives home to such noteworthy institutions such as the African Union or the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The diversity of its people is mirrored in the countless mosques, churches and museums, including the Ethiopian National Museum which houses the fossilized skeleton of Lucy, the Australopithecine uncovered in this region in the ‘70s.
The Horn of Africa is driest from October to February. June to September is the most humid, therefore the best of both world is springtime for hiking in Ethiopia.
Once the hikers left the capital laying in the centre of the country, there are choices to be made, and directions to be chosen.
To the North, Lalibela is a town in Amhara Region, famous for monolithic rock-cut churches. The whole of Lalibela offers an exceptional testimony to the medieval civilization of Ethiopia. When you think of Lalibela, you're thinking of Bet Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), one of the region's holiest places and a centre of pilgrimage, and hiking in Ethiopia.
Then there is Harar the walled city in eastern Ethiopia. The city is World Heritage site and with more than 300 alleyways squeezed into just 1 sq km, it’s more reminiscent of Fez in Morocco than to the surrounding cities. Its countless holy sites, bustling markets, ancient walls and lively people will make you feel like you have enlisted for time travel. It’s the east’s most memorable sight and shouldn’t be missed by good hikers of Ethiopia.
To the south, you’ll find the Bale Mountains National Park. This park is known for its vivid wildlife, and its beautiful landscape. Its ridges are interrupted with fortress-like slopes, and a road cuts through the grassland, which is home to the densest concentration of large mammals in Ethiopia. Hiking here in Ethiopia, and trekking is the most attractive activity to take part in.
Despite all the beauty and gentle people of the country hiking in Ethiopia to the east can be still dangerous, and some regions are restricted by the government. Leverage your options before taking on the adventure, and learn about the countless unmentioned sights to see with Sharewood.