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Ethiopia, Land of Unmatched Beauty & Diversity

A photo essay of Tyler and Shannon's outstanding images from a recent trip to Ethiopia

A Photo Essay

Ethiopia first showed up on our travel radar years ago, well before we moved to Kenya. It quickly vaulted to the top of our "off-the-beaten-path" travel wish list – like all sufferers of incurably itchy feet, we keep more than a few of these travel lists. As we learned more about Ethiopia’s unique wildlife, hospitable people, and remarkable and diverse landscapes, we finally made plans to visit this extraordinary country.

This past November, we seized the opportunity to visit our neighbour to the north, and spent three memorable weeks adventuring through Ethiopia. We bounced from 100 meters below sea level and the hottest inhabited place on the planet, to 4,000 meters above and freezing our buns off. We enjoyed the calming awe of ancient iconic rock-hewn churches, as much as we did the rush of adrenaline while hand and mouth feeding wild hyenas. We saw Gelada Baboons, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolves, and Lammergeiers. And all along the way, we shared many a delicious meal, local beer, and story with warm and welcoming Ethiopians.

Below is a photo essay of our three weeks there but looking back it feels like we simply scratched the surface. We can't wait to return.

The Dallol Salt Flats
Driving through Dallol Salt Flats in Danakil Depression
Camels Trekking Across Salt Flats in Danakil
The Dallol Volcano
The Danikil Depression
The drive from Adigrat to the Simien Mountains
The view from Limali in the Simiens National Park
A Walia Ibex in the Simien Mountains
Stars over the campsite in the Simien Mountains
An armed escort to Erta Ale Volcano
Erta Ale Volcano
The Hyena Man in Harar
An Ethiopian Wolf in the Bale Mountains
A waterfall in the Bale Mountains
Some elders in discussion at a church in Lalibela
St Georges Church in Lalibela

"Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African" - Nelson Mandela

Notes from the Editor:

We love using LOTDP’s to showcase travel to places that are easily accessible from Kenya: Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles and now Ethiopia. Coming soon: Madagascar.

Filed under: East Africa Travel

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About: Shannon and Tyler Davis

As many of our loyal readers know, Shannon and Tyler Davis are the on-property regional directors at Angama Mara. They have explored Kenya from top to bottom and shared many of their stories on this blog. The beautiful images taken during their Ethiopian adventure were simply too good not to share. Their offbeat/high energy travels in the near future may be somewhat curtailed by the arrival of their baby late in April but watch this blog for ‘Travels in East Africa with a Baby’ – should make for some fun reading.

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Comments (6):

Francis Bagbey

24 October 2017

Just finished reading a book by Kuki Gallman the end chapters of which chronicle her camel trek across Somalia and Ethiopia. A daunting trek. If i wanted to "do" Ethiopia but with a guide or experienced travel hands, whom should I contact? Thank you.

Annette Magni

12 April 2017

Stunning photos; what an amazing trip!!


12 April 2017

Stunning images, thank you for sharing! And congratulations on the baby. Love, Anne

    Nicky Fitzgerald

    15 April 2017

    Thank you so much, Anne - will pass on your wishes to Shan and Ty

    Shauna Trieb

    14 April 2017

    What fantastic pictures, thank you for sharing, we almost feel like we've been there! Sending big congratulations and best wishes for your new baby!!

      Nicky Fitzgerald

      15 April 2017

      Thanks so much Shauna - next time Ethiopia then Angama! I will pass on your wishes to the Davii (as they are affectionately and collectively known)

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