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 stelae of Axum.
From Lake Tana and the Blue Nile to the red-rocked Gheralta Mountains, the arid Danakil Depression 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 species like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf. Ethiopia is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Simien National Park. Ethiopia is also home to an active volcano (Erta Ale) and the most culturally fascinating and beatiful tribes on the planet.Highlights & ParksPractical information