Ethiopia, home to the famed Queen Of Sheeba, has much to offer the true African holiday explorer
Africa's oldest independent country, Ethiopia, is shaped by its regal past and over a millennium of Christianity. Such history has resulted in phenomenal architectural sites from the medieval site at Lalibela, the baroque-style royal residences at Gondor and the cultural terraces of the Konso highlands.
Ethiopia's rugged mountains are equally as striking as any of the man-made constructions. Inhabited by animals such as Ethiopian wolves, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons (all unique to the country), both the Bale and the Simien Mountains are worth the time of any keen adventurer.
Bale National Park is a mixture of alpine peaks and lower dustier plains and first time visitors could be forgiven for mistaking it for the set of a western film. Take the opportunity to explore on horseback and make it extra special by riding the Sanetti Plateau as the sun rises.
Home to the bent horns of the Ibex, the high plateau of the Simien Mountains offer a more jagged landscape with deep canyons, protruding rocks, sheer cliffs, and wonderful vistas for those that trek across them.
Spend time at the historic royal city of Gondar for the more cultivated side of Ethiopia. From the 12th to the 20th century, Gondar was the home to the country's rulers and contains numerous palaces, castles and gardens to explore.
Churches too play a large part in the country's architectural identity and some of the world's oldest can be found on the islands of Lake Tana, while at Axum (home of the Queen of Sheba), the giant, granite obelisks prove even the most ancient architecture is phenomenal.
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