Ethiopia & Djibouti

Exiting news!

Wim, Director of Matoke Tours, has always been a big fan of traveling in Ethiopia. Before starting his own tour company he has been a tour guide for several years guiding many trips in his 2 favorite countries: Uganda and Ethiopia. Now, finally time has come to offer Ethiopia as a new destination to the Matoke Tours Portfolio, making his dream come true! Wim traveled again extensively to Ethiopia and Djibouti in the last years in order to develop new and exciting tours. The new tours will be launched on our website from April 2018 onwards. 


In the meanwhile you can already book tours to Ethiopia and Djibouti with Matoke Tours by sending a request to info@matoketours.com 

 

 

 

Ethiopia

Ethiopia was named as the world's best destination for tourists in 2015 by the European Council on Tourism and TradeWhat makes the country unique?  

Ethiopian's ancient orthodox Christianity has endowed the nation with thousands of churches and monasteries. A succession of empire and kingdoms added medieval forts, palaces and tombs like the Gondar citadel and the towering stone stele of Axum.
 

From Lake Tana and the Blue Nile to the red-rock Gheralta Mountains, the arid Danakil Desert and the lush Omo Valley, the landscapes are astounding and incredibly varied. Ethiopia's wildlife riches are also diverse, from typical African savannah animals in the south to unique indigenous creatures like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf. Ethiopia is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Simien National Park. There is as well an active volcano (Erta Ale) and it's home to the most beatiful tribes on the planet. 

 

Djibouti

Djibouti is out of this world. It is as if a great chunk of Mars has been carved out and jigsawed on to the Horn of Africa. Seated on the Afar Triple Junction – the meeting point for three of the Earth’s tectonic plates, which are pulling slowly away from one another – Djibouti is a jostle of black volcanic rock, flat plains haunted by dust devils and a brilliant-blue coastline bulging out into the Gulf of Aden. Aside from the occasional pickpocket, Djibouti is safe and unassociated with the problems that persist in neighbouring Somalia and Eritrea, its coastal towns insulated from marauders by the Gulf of Tadjoura.

 

The highlights of Djibouti are not all that many, but all worth while. 5 or 6 days should be enough to go snorkelling with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet, to floating in the briny waters of Lac Assal – the lowest point in Africa, and to visit Lac Abbé – roughts and extraction for irrigation upstream have caused the water level to drop 20ft, leaving behind copper-coloured flats studded with jagged limestone chimneys that bite the skyline. It’s so otherworldly they were used as a filming location for the first Planet of the Apes.

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