Season 1 Episode 26
Ethiopia is a country which has a great diversity of ancient, spiritual and religious history. It is home to some of the greatest history of the world.
Let me take you on a journey to some of the greatest places to visit in Ethiopia.
This is part of the Great African Rift which can be found between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The Danakil depression is one of the hottest and driest places on the earth’s surface which has a temperature of over 50 degrees Celsius. It is the lowest point in Africa and second lowest point in the world after the Dead Sea.
It is characterized with harsh climatic conditions and active volcanoes.
Churches Of Lalibela
This place is an amazing site to behold. It is located in the town of Lalibela where 11 churches are carved out from stone rocks during the medieval period by King Lalibela in the early 12th century.
The architectural design is astonishing as it was designed to be a model of a ‘New Jerusalem’ and these churches measure 13m in length.
Whenever you’re in Ethiopia, you should put it in mind to visit this site.
Holy City of Harar
This city was built in the early 16th Century and is found in Ethiopia close to Somalia. It is one of Islam’s holiest cities and is termed ‘Africa’s Mecca’.
This city was built to prevent invaders from coming into the city and is made up of lots of mosques.
Another popular attraction is the feeding the hyenas. There was a legendary man known as ‘Hyena Man’ who always called hyenas and fed them with chunks of meat.
You can partake in feeding the hyenas whenever you visit this city as the hyenas are known to be friendly.
This place is one of the great sites to visit in Ethiopia. The Rift Valley is made up of lakes which have their unique feel and also comprising of hot springs.
The Great Rift Valley is home to a wide variety of animals and vegetation with a good weather condition. This should be included in your list of side attractions when visiting Ethiopia.
Blue Nile Falls
Ethiopia is home to the longest river in Africa, Nile River. This River has two tributaries are the White Nile and the Blue Nile.
The Blue Nile, along its course has its Fall which the inhabitants refer to as ‘SMOKE OF FIRE’ because it forms a huge mist while falling which covers a great distance resulting into partial visibility during the rainy season.
The people of Omo Valley are a tribal people that are similar to the Maasai people of Kenya.
This place is home to some of the world’s oldest human archaeological findings. The inhabitants of this place are totally different from the rest as their culture has not been influenced by the outside world.
They are also known for their body adornments which includes lip plates, face paintings and scarification.
Aksum is one of the oldest cities in Africa dating back to about 100AD as it believed to have some historical facts such as being the home of the Biblical character, Queen Sheba who brought gifts for King Solomon; and the final resting abode of the Ark of Covenant in a church (visitors are not allowed to go in).
It is known for its famous Aksumite stone obelisks found in the Northern Stelae Field.
Many tourists do not visit this small town but it definitely worth visiting.
Edited by Ebenezer Oladokun