Here’s something we bet you didn’t know: some of the best trekking in Africa can be found in Ethiopia, in a region known as the Roof of Africa.
“The best treks in Ethiopia are in and around the Simien Mountains,” says Badyari. “You walk through the small villages and terraced fields of the lower valleys before reaching a series of dramatic cliffs and escarpments.” Along the way, expect to see plenty of wildlife, including gelada baboon, walia ibex and the Simien fox.
Ethiopia’s rich culture and history add to its allure. Travellers can visit temples older than the Parthenon, as well as the astonishing 12th-century rock churches at Lalibela.
NEED TO KNOW The remoteness and the altitude of the Simien Mountains means trekkers need to be fit.
INSIDER TIP The annual Timkat festival, held every January, is one of Ethiopia’s holiest festivals, and one of its most colourful.
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