Haimano Tours Ethiopia takes you very
close to the unique attraction areas.Ethiopia’s uniqueness makes it a
fascinating destination for every kind of traveller, but in particular for the
traveller who wants that bit 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
Seven of Ethiopia's cultural
heritage sights are included in the world cultural heritage list:
Haimano Tours Ethiopia have strong relation with these areas
1. The Simien Mountain National Park
(North Gondar Zone)
The Simien mountain is
one of the major highlands of Africa, rising to the highest point in Ethiopia,
Ras Dejen (4620m), which is the fourth highest peak in the continent. Although
Simien is in Africa and not too far from the equator, snow and ice appear on the
highest points and night temperatures often fall below zero.
The national park has
three general botanical regions. The higher lands are mountain grasslands with
fescue grasses as well as heathers, splendid Red Hot Pokers and Giant Lobelia.
The park was created primarily to protect the Walia Ibex, and over 1000 are
said to live in the park. Also in the park are families of the unique Gelada
Baboon with its scarlet ‘bleeding heart on its chest,’ and the rare Simien fox.
The Simien fox, although named after the mountains is rarely seen by the
visitor. Over 50 species of birds have been reported in the Simien
mountains.Haimano Tours Ethiopia will show you 90% of these.
Access to the park is
from Debark, 101km from Gonder, where riding and pack animals may be hired.
This should be arranged in advance through your local tour
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
St. George Lalibela
Lalibela, 642 kilometres
from Addis Ababa, is internationally-renowned for its rock-hewn churches which
are sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Physically
prised from the rock in which they stand, these monolithic churches were
originally thought to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of
King Lalibela, but some have been dated back to the 10th century. There are
eleven churches, assembled in three groupings:
The Northern Group:
Bete Medhane Alem, home
to the Lalibela Cross and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the
world. It is linked to Bete Maryam (possibly the oldest of the churches), Bete
Golgotha (known for its arts and said to contain the tomb of King Lalibela),
the Selassie Chapel and the Tomb of Adam.
The Western Group:
Bete Giyorgis, said to be
the most finely executed and best preserved church.
The Eastern Group:
3. The Castles of Gondar
and other monuments (Gondar)
Bete Amanuel , Bete
Merkorios, Bete Abba Libanos and Bete Gabriel-Rufael.
Further a field lie the monastery of Ashetan Maryam and Yimrehane Kristos
748 kilometres from Addis
Ababa is the graceful city of Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas in 1635. The
city was Ethiopia's capital until the reign of the would-be reforming Emperor
Tewodros II, also known as Theodore. During its long years as a capital city,
the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the
realm. It was a great centre of commerce, trading with the rich lands south of
the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of
Massawa to the north-east.
Gondar is famous for its
many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches. The
earliest of the castles was created by Fasilidas himself and is still in such
an excellent state of repair that it is possible to climb its stats all the way
to the roof, which commands a breathtaking view over much of the city.
Besides the famous
palaces, visitors can inspect the so-called "Bathing Palace of Emperor
Fasilidas" which is used for the annual Timket or Epiphany celebrations,
and the abbey of the redoubtable eighteenth century Empress Menteweb at
Qwesquam, in the mountains just outside Gondar.
4. Awash Lower Valley
palaeontological and prehistoric sites
5. Axum historical and
archaeological sites, central Tigray (Tigray Region)
Axum historical and archaeological
sites, central Tigray (Tigray Region) Rightly famous for its obelisks, Axum was
the capital of the Axumite kingdom – once one of the four kingdoms of the
world. It was also home to the Queen of Sheba whose ruined palace and bathing
pool can still be found in and near the town.
6. Valley of the Omo, palaeontological and prehistoric sites (South Omo zone)
7.Tiya pre-historical and archaeological sites, Archaeologists and
anthropologists continually claim that the oldest hominid remains
(Australopithecus ramidus, a new species, 4.4 million years old) were
originally discovered here in the Afar region. More recent findings by
Professor Tim White from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that
the earliest ape man lived in Ethiopia 5 million years ago
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