• Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation
  • Ethiopia Family Vacation

The Ethiopia family holiday allows you experience an Ethiopian safari tour. On this African safari tour in Ethiopia, you will be following an historic route to Lalibela. This has often been described as a creation of angels.

The 16 days Ethiopia family holiday also goes to Gonder – city of fairytale castles. Enjoy the most breathtaking and dramatic Simien Mountains. This is among the places that you will visit while on the Ethiopia family vacation.

On this African safari tour in Ethiopia, you will not miss Axum. It is the center of one of world’s most powerful kingdoms. This Ethiopia family holiday will not be complete without the spectacular Blue Nile Falls. you should not miss the island monasteries at Bahir Dar.

The 16 days Ethiopia family holiday vacation features four world heritage sites. Ethiopia has a total of 8 Hetitage sites recorded by UNESCO.

This safari holiday in Ethiopia allows you to explore the ranges of Simien Mountains. This is the last refuge for remarkable primates of the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, and Red fox. This African wildlife are found nowhere else on earth.

The 16-day Ethiopia family holiday enables you to experience historical attractions of Ethiopia. We look forward to providing you an enjoyable Ethiopia safari trip. This is one of the best photographic opportunities that you will always treasure.

Where Does the Ethiopia Family Holiday Go To

Addis Ababa

The 16 day Ethiopia family holiday starts from Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa is  Ethiopia’s sprawling capital. This city is in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley. It is the country’s commercial and cultural hub.

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Addis Ababa, also spelled Addis Abeba, capital and largest city of Ethiopia. It is located on a well-watered plateau surrounded by hills and mountains, in the geographic centre of the country.

Addis Ababa been the capital of the Ethiopian state in the 19th century. This was after its predecessor, Entoto. Entoto was situated on a high tableland and was found to be unsatisfactory because of extreme cold. It also had an acute shortage of firewood.

The empress Taitu, wife of Emperor Menilek II 1913, persuaded the emperor to build a house near the hot springs. This was at the foot of the tableland and to grant land in the area to members of the nobility.

The city was thus founded in 1887 and was named Addis Ababa (“New Flower”) by the empress.

Some of the attractions in Addis Ababa on your Ethiopia family vacation include Its National Museum. This exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.”

The city also has the burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie. Others include copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a neo-baroque architectural landmark.

Bahir Dar

The Ethiopia family holiday then heads to Bahir Dar. This is the capital city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. It’s a port on the south shore of the huge inland Lake Tana.

The Blue Nile River snakes southeast of the city toward the towering cliffs at the Blue Nile Falls. Bahir Dar, also spelt Bahar Dar is on the southern shore of Lake Tana, the biggest lake in Ethiopia,

Dek Island is one of many islands in the lake that are home to medieval monasteries. On the Zege Peninsula, the Ura Kidane Mihret monastery is known for its elaborate, colorful murals.

Bahir Dar is the third largest city in the nation, after Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. It has a population of a quarter of a million. It’s the capital of the Amhara region, dominated by the Amhara people.

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Amhara is the Ethiopia’s second largest grouping and the Ethiopian official language is Amharic. Bahir Dar is a clean and well-maintained city by African standards. Even the cheaper accommodation has neat, but basic, services.

Gondar

Gondar, or Gonder, is a city in northern Ethiopia. It’s known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors.

An Ethiopia family holiday takes you to a city dominated by the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, which combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles.

Outside the complex is Debre Berhan Selassie church, with an interior of elaborate murals, including a ceiling of faces. It is a is a historic royal city of Ethiopia, in the northern Amhara region.

It was the home of many emperors and princesses who ruled the country from the 12th century to the last decade of the 20th century. They included Suseneos, Fasiledes, Empress Mentwab, Iyasu I, Tewodros II and Empress Taitu.

Leading the list of its attractions on your Ethiopia family holiday is Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure), containing several castles and palaces from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Gondar stands at an elevation of 7,500 feet (2,300 metres) on a basaltic ridge from which streams flanking the town flow to Lake Tana, 21 miles (34 km) south.

Gonder was the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 to 1855, and it has the remains of castles and palaces. They were constructed by a series of emperors from Fasilides (reigned 1632–67) to Iyasu II (1730–55).

The ruins of these structures stand within a walled imperial enclosure. The most important buildings are the castle of Fasilides and the palace of Iyasu the Great (reigned 1682–1706).

The architectural style of these stone buildings displays a prominent Portuguese influence, along with connections to the Aksumite empire’s palaces and the mosques of South Arabia.

Only a few of the 44 churches reputed to have existed in Gonder in the 18th century survive. The city is still an important centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox church; its beautifully decorated 17th-century Debre Berhan Selassie Church is still in use.

Simien Mountains

This Ethiopia national park as established in 1969 and located in the far north of the country. An Ethiopia family holiday to Simien Mountains National Park is part of the breathtaking Ethiopian Highlands.

Ethiopia family holiday

It is a wonderland of dramatic plateaus, valleys, sheer cliffs and towering peaks. It is sometimes referred to as Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon.

It includes Ethiopia’s highest peak, Ras Dejen (14,930 feet/4,550 meters). The eastern section of the park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It has been described by the organization as “one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.”  You will prove this on your Ethiopia family holiday.

Today, you will be taking the Ethiopia family holiday to the Simien national park to admire its fabulous scenery. Look out for rare wildlife and embark upon multi-day Simien Mountain treking tours.

The national park is home to several incredibly rare animals. This was one of the biggest motivations for protecting it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These include the Ethiopian wolf (also known as the Simien fox), the Walia ibex and the gelada monkey. Ethiopian wolves are the most endangered carnivores in Africa and the rarest canids in the world, with only 400 left in the wild.

The endangered Walia ibex and the gelada monkey are both exclusively found in the Ethiopian Highlands.

Other exciting animals to look out for on the Ethiopia family holiday include the Anubis and hamadryas baboons, the klipspringer antelope and the golden jackal. The Simien Mountains national park is also ranked as an Important Bird Area.

Axum

Axum (also spelled Aksum) in Ethiopia is possibly the greatest historical site that you’ve never heard of. The Ethiopia family holiday takes you to a town that was once the center of a great ancient civilization. Axun is notable for its huge and iconic obelisks.

Axum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ethiopia. It is rumored to have been the home of the Queen of Sheba and is believed by some to house the Ark of the Covenant.

The small town of Axum in the Tigray region is seen as the holiest city in Ethiopia. It is home to the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

According to Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church is where the Ark of the Covenant came to rest. In addition to this place of pilgrimage, the main attraction is what was the main city of the Axum empire.

Axum dates back to the 1st century AD and saw its heyday in the 4th-7th centuries. The empire collapsed with the rise of Islam, as Muslim merchants closed off the Axum Empire trading routes across the Red Sea.

Lalibela

Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It’s known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians.

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Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.

The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region. This is in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings.

Lalibela tour takes you to a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.

There are two main groups of churches to visit on your Ethiopia family holiday. To the north of the river Jordan:

  • Biete Medhani Alem  (House of the Saviour of the World),
  • Biete  Mariam (House of Mary),
  • Biete  Maskal (House of the Cross),
  • Biete Denagel (House of Virgins),
  • Biete Golgotha Mikael (House of Golgotha Mikael);

To the south of the river,

  • Biete Amanuel (House of Emmanuel),
  • Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos),
  • Biete Abba Libanos (House of Abbot Libanos),
  • Biete Gabriel Raphael (House of Gabriel Raphael)
  • Biete Lehem (House of Holy Bread)

Your Ethiopia family vacation will also visit the The eleventh church. Biete Ghiorgis (House of St. George), is isolated from the others, but connected by a system of trenches.