Posted by wolfganghelmutt on September 21, 2010
This is Wolfgang from Frankfurt, Germany. Here I am coming to share my 2 weeks experience with my family in Ethiopia. I, my wife and two of my daughters had a memorable holiday in Ethiopia for two weeks in July 2010. We had visited the so called Historic route and Omo Valley tribes in a very planned and systematic way. Since we had a very tight time to visit both tourist areas by surface, we had to use internal flight which we found **** expensive. We had to pay USD 696.00 for the sector ADDBJR- -GDQLLI//LLIAXU//AXUADD per person as we didn’t fly with Ethiopian from frankfurt. To sum up, we had been off loaded from our first flight to bahirdar even if we had a confirmed seat. After a strenuous effort, we got a seat in the second flight . Needless to say, all of us were very amazed by the stunning natural beauty of a country that is also incredibly rich in culture and history. The striking diversity of landscapes, ancient traditions and people leaves a lasting impression to challenge the misleading stereotype of a land stricken by years of drought and famine.
As I observed, Northern Ethiopia is the country's richest regions for culture, history and natural splendor. The Historic Route takes the 14th C highland monasteries on Lake Tana (the largest lake in Ethiopia); in the medieval city of Gondar, with more castles, palaces and churches than any other city in Africa; and the ancient capital of the Queen of Sheba and Ethiopia's holiest city, Axum, where the original Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments is said to rest. Ethiopia's top attraction, however, is undoubtedly the 13th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, among the most incredible man-made structures in the world.
We had also a very astounding experience in the south which is known as Omo Valley with its popular ethnic treasures. As I heard from our guide, this is a region where about 50% of Ethiopia's ethnic groups live: the Konso with their terraced agriculture and rituals; the Mursi with their clay lip plates and barbarian life style; the Hamer with their bull-jumping ceremony, which young men must experience in order to qualify for adulthood; and the Karo with their body painting and adornment. Here in omo valley, the colorful market should not be missed since you can glimpse the various tribes in one place. All in all, our tour was well organized in stipulations of a very kind and well experienced guide, clean hotels, nice car and attentive service. Thus at last I would like to recommend you to contact Mr. Teddy-General manager (http//:www.untouchedethiopiatours.com) when you are planning to visit this untamed land.
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