Book an Ethiopia tour & safari trip for a unique and exhilarating experience. Ethiopia, widely regarded as the birthplace of humanity, is a large country located in the Horn of Africa to the north-east of the continent. Dissected by the Great Rift Valley that runs from south-west to north-east, Ethiopia contains monumental mountain ranges and highlands, semi-deserts and steppes alongside the vast plateaus and lowlands that combine to form one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in the world. From the tropical rainforests in the south to the borderland deserts in the east, Ethiopia has long been a desirable destination for safari lovers.
The best part about Ethiopian vacations is that in combination with the Ethiopian Highlands that cover large portions of the country, the tropical monsoon climate means that Ethiopia is generally much cooler than other nations similarly near to the equator. The Ethiopian Highlands themselves rarely fall below 1500m and are often referred to as the Roof of Africa. However, at lower levels, Ethiopia safari tours take in the tropical savannah and grasslands which are home to countless endangered species including leopards, lions, spotted hyenas and olive baboons.
At 1788 meters, you will find the lush flora and fauna of Lake Tana. Located in the Amhara region, an hour flight from the capital Addis Ababa, Lake Tana is Ethiopia's largest and the source of the Blue Nile. Here you will find many species of bird and highly distinctive fish, with an estimated 70% of these endemic to the lake itself. Some 37 islands, home to the Gelada baboon and Walia ibex amongst many others, are scattered within the lake and a standard Ethiopia safari itinerary will take in many of these sights.
Travelling even further into the clouds, the Bale Mountain National Park contains Ethiopia's second highest peak. Standing at an imposing 4377 meters, Mount Tullo Deemtu and the surrounding parkland, cover more than 2000 square miles and is divided into five distinct habitats. Entire Ethiopia safari holidays are based within this great expanse and can take in Northern Grasslands, the Northern Woodlands, the Afro-Alpine Meadows, the Erica Moorlands and the Harenna Forest - all of which are remarkable for their diversity and endemicity.
Finally, no Ethiopian safari would be complete without a glimpse of the mighty African elephant and the critically endangered black rhino. Found within the southernmost part of Ethiopia, a good guided Ethiopian tour will certainly help you enjoy the conservation efforts currently helping these animals regain a foothold in their natural habitat. Alongside other critically endangered animals, such as the Ethiopian wolf (the rarest canid in the world), Ethiopia safaris offer travelers a unique window into the untamed beauty of the natural world - including a number of unforgettable flora and fauna which may not be with us much longer.