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Addis and central Ethiopia

Located in central Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is an essential destination on a visit to this fascinating country. Explore the city's many restaurants, bars and shops or immerse yourself in the culture and history of the country at Addis' museums and cathedrals. A journey outside the city to the region's hot-springs or to Awash national park will also add another dimension to your trip.

Founded in 1887 around hot springs and nicknamed "new flower" in Amharic by Emperor II's wife, Addis Ababa is an essential destination for every visit to Ethiopia. There is a population of three million people in Addis, creating a melting pot of culture, history, festivals and a budding art scene.

Scott Dunn currently offers two international standard hotels from which you can easily explore Addis Ababa and the surrounding area. Bole airport makes getting to Addis convenient and a great place to begin your Ethiopian adventure. Take the first step in your education in the enthralling culture and history of the country via attractions such as churches, diverse architecture or the Ethnographic museum where you can see "Lucy" who gave Ethiopia the label, "cradle of humankind". The city also has a thriving nightlife and a diverse range of restaurants, markets and shops to keep you entertained and curiosity satisfied during your time here.

Before leaving central Ethiopia it is worth exploring some of the surrounding area, often overlooked by tourists in favour of some of the countries more renowned features. A journey outside the city to the region's hot-springs, to Awash National Park or an excursion via horseback will add another dimension to your trip and further pursue the "road less traveled".

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Highlights of Northern Ethiopia

Addis, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simiens, Axum & Lalibela

Uncover Ethiopia's classic northern circuit, exploring medieval castles and churches, awe-inspiring landscapes and a culture largely untouched by time. Explore Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum and Lalibela on this remarkable private adventure.

Best for: Couples, Culture, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism

Ethiopia’s Bale and Simien Mountains in Style

Addis Ababa, Bale Mountain Lodge & Limalimo

Combine Ethiopia's best luxury lodges; Bale Mountain Lodge and Limalimo in the Simien Mountains. By taking a private charter between the lodges, you can spend longer in each location making the most of the views, wildlife and the vibrant local culture.

Best for: Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Adventure, Culture

Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum, Lalibela & Bale Mountains

Ethiopia is a land of contrasts, fascinating churches of Lalibela, castles of Gondar and the bustling city of Addis. Travel to the rugged Simien Mountains and the bamboo forests of the Bale Mountains, both with fascinating wildlife and ideal for trekking.

Best for: Couples, Culture, Adventure, Off the beaten track

Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela & Omo Valley

Explore Ethiopia from the castles, rock churches and island monasteries of Lake Tana in the North to the remote villages of the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia with the tribes, such as the Hamer, Mursi and Ari, each with individual rites and ceremonies.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Ethiopia

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