Wondo Genet (Green Paradise)

Wondo Genet which s like a green paradise, the mountains covered with forest where hot springs bubble up and also intensively cultivated with chat, coffee, sugar cane and all kind of fruit trees such as banana, mango, avocado and papaya. The Sidama farmers who make use of irrigation have several harvests in a year. Also the compound of the Wabe Shebelle hotel is a green paradise with flowers and flowering trees which make it enjoyable to relax on the veranda of your bungalow. The swimming pool which is filled with hot spring water. You can walk for 2 – 3

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Merkato – The biggest open air market

It is the largest open-air market in Africa, trying to convey the feeling of Merkato with a description is like attempting to portray an ocean with a cupful of water. It is a concentration of all that is Ethiopian with everything from around the world thrown in to add to its cacophony of colors and endless stalls of objects. Merkato is not only Addis Ababa’s commercial centers; it is the dynamo of the country’s development in tread and industry, fascinating glimpse of the very vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and one can

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Landmarks and Monuments in Addis Ababa

The traditions of erecting monuments has an age-old history in Ethiopia. In this regard, the Axumite and Tiya monuments are worth mentioning. It is obvious that monuments has been erected in Ethiopia to commemorate very important personalities or events. In Addis Ababa, more than 17 monuments stand at different parts of the capital. The statue of Abune Petros, the archbishop executed by the Italian invading troops, the liberation monument around Arat Kilo, the martyrs' monument around Sidest kilo, the Andinet statue erected in memory of the fallen troops during the invasion of Somalia, the statue of Emperor Menelik at the

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Churches in and around Addis Ababa

Washa Mikael church located at about a kilometer north of Yeka Mikael church. There is still a ruin of carved rock-hewn church in the area. According to legendary accounts, its establishment is dated to the times of ancient Axumite Kings, Abreha (Ezana) and Atseba (Saizana) i.e. around 370 A.D. The ‘Tabot’ (the replica of the Ark of the Covenant) is said to have been transformed in 1897 into the Yeka Mikael church down the road. Entoto Saint Mary’s Church It is located at the top of the hill of Entoto. It was built in 1880s by the request of Queen

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Travel by air, road and rail

Travel by air, road and rail Ethiopian Airlines (star alliance member) operates a safe, extensive and generally efficient and reliable domestic air service, but cancellations and delays can occur, particularly at peak times, in December and January, or during the rainy season, from June to September.  Ethiopian Airlines and currently two private companies offer charter services. Travelling by road allows visitors to experience Ethiopia’s wonderful scenery, but in some areas road conditions are poor, and the mountainous topography in the north will cut speed. The one hour flight to Lalibela for example takes nearly two days by road. Railway enthusiasts

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When to come

This can depend on where you are going. In most of the country, the main rainy season runs from June to the end of September, with short rains in March. In the Omo and Mago parks however, in Southern Ethiopia, the seasons are different with the main rains from March to June and shorter rains in November. (However, in a time of changing global weather patterns it is no longer possible to be absolutely definitive about the rains With the upgrading of the airports along the Historic Route (Axum, Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar), and good road conditions in the

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Unique Ceremonies

Unique Ceremonies There are many great national and local holidays and celebrations throughout the year and all over the country. Every one of the 54,000 parish Churches and the 800 monasteries of the Orthodox Tewahido Church all have at least one minor monthly and one major annual festival. These may share origins with Christian, Muslim and tribal festivals elsewhere in the world, but have unique indigenous characteristics in Ethiopia. If you can, try to plan your trip around one of the following spectacular festivals: Meskel (The Finding of the True Cross) Celebrated on September 27 at an open amphitheater (Meskel

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Handicrafts and Souvenirs

Handicrafts and Souvenirs It has been ascertained that the gold with a platinum content used in Tutankhamen's statue could have only come from either Ethiopia or South Africa. Indeed, the legendary King Solomon's mines may have their origins in the Horn of Africa. The oldest traditional gold mine in the world is supposed to be in the Nejo area of Western Ethiopia. The Dorze people of the Omo Basin still carry out the ancient iron working industry by melting iron from iron ore. Gift articles: When it comes to shopping for rare gift articles and genuine souvenirs from Ethiopia there

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People and Culture

People and Culture Over 80 linguistic groups exist in Ethiopia, representing four of the five Afro-Asiatic families of languages, including the Omotic language family found exclusively within the confines of Ethiopia. The mystical symbols, myths and ritual practices found in Ethiopia are linked with the mysteries and traditional beliefs of the ancient civilizations of Asia, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. The customs, body decorations and celebrations of Ethiopia's traditional people mirror Africa's exotic cultural heritage. The current population is about 90 million, making it the second most populated country in Africa. Religion Three of the world's major religions Judaism, Christianity and

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Topography and Government

Topography and Government With an area of 1,112,000 square kilometres, Ethiopia is as large as France and Spain combined. From the north and running down the centre are the Abyssinian highlands, to the west of the chain the land drops to the grasslands of Sudan, to the east to the deserts of the Afar and the Red Sea. South of Addis Ababa the land is dominated by the Rift Valley Lakes. The main rivers are the Blue Nile, the Tekezze, the Awash, the WabeShabele, the Omo, and the Baro. 80% of the land in Africa over 3000 meters is found

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