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Ten Essential Things To Do When Visiting Ethiopia

Feb 10, 2008
Ethiopia is a country in Africa that is considered to have played a very vital role in the history of man, having evidences of the earliest forms of humanity in the world. An interesting trivia about Ethiopia is the one where its Emperor Haile Selassie, circa 1952, was considered by the Rastas as the reincarnation of Jesus. If this is your first time to visit Ethiopia, the ten things above are a must-do for you to fully enjoy your stay in the magnificent, wildlife country of Africa, and you are best advised to always have a guide with you especially if you do not know how to speak their language as you could get lost in the wilderness.

1.) Safari

What is the point of going to Africa if you're not there to see its magnificent wildlife and experience nature at its finest? Safaris can be done by foot or riding a mule. Most tourists though prefer going by jeep or any SUV available to see the wonderful sights a safari trip offers.

2.) Nature trekking or hiking

If you want to rub elbows with Africa's wildlife in a controlled environment where you might feel safer, you can always visit their national park, the Simien Mountains. You can also ride ponies here for a more natural trekking experience. This is a wonderful experience for nature lovers.

3) Addis Ababa mercato

No one wants to leave a place he visited empty-handed especially if you're visiting a country as rich in culture, heritage and history as Ethiopia. The mercato holds some of Africa's best finds. Here, you can find tokens, mementos, native products, everything you want to bring home to remind you of Africa.

4.) Addis Ababa

The country's capital, here you will find Ethiopia's history in the National Museum. You can also see its history in its palaces the Menelik and the Jubilee, and the famous Revolution Square. Don't forget though to visit the Cathedral of St. George and other historical sites in the city.

5.) Aksum

One of the earliest capitals of Ethiopia's kingdom famous for its obelisks made out of granite is Askum. The architecture alone is breathtaking. To actually wander through one of the world's best archeological sites is something to look forward to as well.

6.) Tissisat Falls

Also called the Blue Nile, its magnificent falls is postcard perfect and likewise breathtaking. You can go rafting or rapid shooting in some parts of the Blue Nile. If you are in Bahar Dar, the falls is just about approximately twenty or so miles from the place.

7.) Sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing

Ethiopia's great lakes and rivers allow any tourist to enjoy water sports and recreation during their visit. Guides will be available to show you some of the greatest spots to go. You can indulge yourself in sailing or swimming in Lake Tana.

8.) Caves

Ethiopia also has some of the world's greatest caving sites. Here, you can explore and discover the earliest signs of human existence in the country. Get to experience even briefly how its ancient people lived.

9.) Nature springs

This is visited for their therapeutic effects on the body. The country's nature springs are a must when you're visiting especially after a long trek in the wildlife. Here, you can relax those aching bones and muscles.

10.) Mountain climbing

A spectacular view from the top of the mountain in Africa is something every visitor should experience. You can always try the Bale Plateau for that grand view. Visitors are advised to bring their own gear as no gear is available for rent or sale.
About the Author
Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/ethiopia to view or share Ethiopia travel videos.
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