Addis Ababa Private Tours
City, historical, cultural, natural, birding, adventure tours
Many treasures are still hidden under the earth, waiting to be excavated. Many mysteries still have to be unraveled. Who has made the design for the 12 Rock-Hewun Churches in Lalibela and what techniques were used to cut out a perfectly shaped church from one single piece of rock? How were the huge Axumite Obelisks erected?Was it really by the power of the ark of the Covenant, as the priests in Axum will tell you? Who has built the temple of the moon in Yeha, more than 2500 years ago and who were their ancestors?
This is a truly unspoiled part of Earth with lakes, hot-springs, rolling green hills, rugged mountains, huge forests, wild coffee and the real African savannah and semi-desert. There are several National Parks where a great variety of wildlife and birds can be seen. A mosaic of tribes live in this varied landscape. More than 45 languages are spoken here.
This part of Ethiopia is inhabited by the Afar nomads, Oromo’s, Somali and Harari. Where in most parts of Ethiopia the Christian Orthodox faith has had a great influence on culture and social life, in the east Muslim culture has been the reigning culture since the 13th century. Visiting the 1000 years old walled Muslim city of Harar you will breathe the atmosphere of the tales of “thousand and one night”. Read also our Tour program “Desert and Salt Lakes” which we offer as an individual- as well as a group tour.
Still unknown by the tourism industry, this part of Ethiopia is very rich in natural beauty such as green rolling hills with dense forests teeming with wild animals and birds, the Omo river Canyon, waterfalls, coffee- and tea plantations and fertile soil where fruits, crops and vegetables abundantly grow. In the far west the climate and landscape changes abruptly when you go down to the swampy lowlands with their hot, humid atmosphere near the Sudanese border.
The word “coffee” comes from the name of the former region “Kaffa”where coffee first was discovered by a herds boy as a stimulant and later was used as the black liquid which is so well known now all over the world. For ages the secret of coffee remained in Ethiopia. In the 16th century coffee was brought to Arabia by traders and cultivated there and in the 17th century it was introduced in Europe. The biggest coffee plantations of Ethiopia are still in the Kaffa region and coffee is still the biggest export product of Ethiopia.
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