Ethiopia is set apart from the rest of Africa by its unique culture and geomorphology.
Geographically, the East-African Rift Valley has over a period of more than 30 million years enriched the country with great high plateaus, dotted with numerous mountains, volcanoes and deep valleys. The numerous summits going beyond a height of 4000 meters and the Danakil Depression that stretches to 120 m. below sea level rival each other in appeal ! This offers a kind of relief that has no equal in Africa, for the great pleasure of trekkers, who will be awed by the immensity of landscapes even when they are on liaison by car.
Culturally speaking, Ethiopia is as surprising as it is atypical. 3000 years of a vibrant history have conferred the country with a dimension that is so particular, that is often felt as one wanders across the country. Christianized in the middle of the 4th century, the Abyssinian Empire found itself totally cut off from the rest of the world after the advent of Islam. The many centuries lived on self-sufficiency gave birth to marvelous architecture, starting with Lalibela, the “Black Jerusalem” which is just but an example among many.
The enumeration of all that is atypical in Ethiopia would be endless ! What with its syllabus of over 250 signs, the cultivation of tef or false banana plant, the Julian calendar that contains 13 months in a year, the Christian festivals attended by millions of pilgrims, the people of Omo Valley adorning extraordinary ornaments, endemic wildlife that roams the mountains, the lava lake of Erta Ale… Ethiopia is all this… and much more. The only risk on a first trip to Ethiopia : it will definitely lead to subsequent ones !
For African Rift Odyssey, Ethiopia is a truly beloved country, and many are the travels of real exploration that we have carried out there. This gives us a refind knowledge of the most amazing nooks and crannies of the country, allowing us to offer you simply exceptional and unique trips
OUR TOURS IN ETHIOPIA
Trek & discovery
17 days including 11 of treks and hikes
Abyssinia with its mountains of Simien and Gheralta, and its historical cities of Gondar and Lalibela, then the Afar region with its salt caravans and its active volcanoes of Dallol and Erta Ale ; here is a particularly dense and complete trip, nonetheless preserving most of the time for hiking.
Trek & discovery
16 days including 13 of treks and hikes
After a short discovery of the high Abyssinian plateaus leading us to the Tigrayan beauties, we “dive” in a long immersion in the Danakil depression. Both on the Ethiopian and the Djiboutian side, we discover the geological marvels at the pace of the camel caravans…
Hikes, cultural encounters and boat riding
24 days including 10 of trek and 6 of boat riding+walks
Real expedition through the most remote lands of Nothern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia, that we link by boat on Lake Turkana and Omo River ; extraordinary beautiful lands where the emblematic pastoral communities of the region will lead us to their secrets, through treks and seafaring totally exclusives…
Trek, cultural encounters and boat riding
22 days including 15 of trek and 6 of boat riding+walks
This trip from Nairobi to Addis is the essence of our unmatched knowledge of the region. What makes the trip unique is our approach of using exclusive trekking routes and the navigation of Lake Turkana and the Omo Valley. Concentrating our time in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, we are invited by the pastoralists, symbolic of the Rift Valley, to discover their secular traditions, further adding strength to the immense landscapes that we will travel through… Here is THE most beautiful and exceptional trip that can be done between East Africa and the Horn of Africa.