Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia
Lalibela and the enchanting northern regions of Ethiopia are abundant with treasures of historical and religious importance that date back over two millennia. With the alluring beauty of the Simien Mountains and Ethiopian highlands, the archaeological wonders of Lalibela and Axum and the castles of Gondar, discovering the treasures of the northern reaches of the country is a magnificent adventure.
Lalibela is renowned for its extraordinary monolithic rock-hewn churches constructed for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Situated below ground level, these ancient edifices are truly a sight to behold. To the north of Lake Tana and Bahar Dar is the city of Gondar or the "Camelot of Africa", abundant with history and castles of bygone eras. The holy city of Axum in the Tigray region boasts its own archaeological wonders, including the 1,700-year-old World Heritage listed Stele. Also acknowledged by UNESCO is The Simien Mountain National Park, home to a mind-blowing variety of wildlife, plunging valleys, rocky plateaus and pinnacles, uniting in one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth.