Explore Ethiopia

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a long history, going back to the legendary Queen of Sheba with its history stretching back to some 3 million years. Imperial rule continued through the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie and ended in 1974 with the seizure of power by the Derg, a military council that transformed itself into a communist dictatorship. The Derg ruled the country until 1991, when the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) disposed it and established a transitional government. In 1995 a new constitution that ensured democratic rule was adopted. The EPRDF has governed the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) ever since.

 

Ethiopia is one of East Africa’s most popular cultural destinations. It’s a country filled with interesting historical sites, lots of tribes, interesting religious festivals, and excellent mountains for trekking as well as riding a motorcycle through.

 

Ethiopia’s uniqueness makes it a fascinating destination for every kind of traveler, but in particular for the traveler who wants  more. Ethiopia’s historic sites are extremely wide-ranging and possibly the most extensive in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Experts claim that such sites are only a fraction of what Ethiopia has to offer given that a further 95% remain to be discovered and excavated. The top destination sites in Ethiopia are Axum, The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Fasil Ghebbi, Simien Mountain National Parks, Awash Lower Valley, Omo Lower Valley among others.

 

Ethiopians are of Cushitic, Semitic, Nilo Sahara and Omotic origins. There are over 80 ethnic groups; the largest are the Oromo, the Amahara and the Tigray. The Population is estimated at about 80 million with 83 different languages spoken with up to 200 different dialects. Amharic is the official national language of Ethiopia. English, Arabic, Italian and French are widely spoken by many Ethiopians.

Places to Visit in Ethiopia