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The beautiful landscapes of Ethiopia, with something wild and dramatic terrain, wonderful and unique flora and very rich fauna, make the country a unique one for different kinds of trekking.  Somehow strong, with long hours of trek, high slopes or elevate temperature; other less strenuous and more relaxing.

Some in areas with endemic mammals and flora (as the Semien and Bale mountains ones); others in unique people regions (as Surma’s people and forest area; or Afar and Danakil depression); then around historical places (Tigray churches; Mekdela battle and King Tewodros reign; Lalibela‘s rock-hewn churches, and more); or other. 

As previously described Ethiopia, the water tower of Africa, is rich of lakes and rivers, for both boating and/or rafting.

sport 

The beautiful landscapes of Ethiopia, with something wild and dramatic terrain, wonderful and unique flora and very rich fauna, make the country a unique one for different kinds of trekking.  Somehow strong, with long hours of trek, high slopes or elevate temperature; other less strenuous and more relaxing.

Some in areas with endemic mammals and flora (as the Semien and Bale mountains ones); others in unique people regions (as Surma’s people and forest area; or Afar and Danakil depression); then around historical places (Tigray churches; Mekdela battle and King Tewodros reign; Lalibela‘s rock-hewn churches, and more); or other. 

As previously described Ethiopia, the water tower of Africa, is rich of lakes and rivers, for both boating and/or rafting.

Boating

Boating both for discovering and admiring unique places and wildlife (as the monasteries on lake Tana’s islands, animals as crocodiles and hippos on lake Chamo, birds and fishes on lake Shalla, Abaya, Ziway), relaxing (as on lake Hora, Langano, Awassa) or water sports (recommended for natural discoveries around lake Langano, or just for different kind of sports as surf, paddling, diving, trekking, games and more).

Rafting

Rafting is organized on Omo, Awash and Blue Nile Rivers, with very experienced and professional rafters, best equipment and services.

Fishing

Fishing in Ethiopian lakes is another extremely relaxing sports, and lot of fishes are always found. Brown and rainbow trout abound in the torrents and rivers, as the one in Bale Mountain; while in the most Rift Valley lakes abound Nile perch, catfish, tilapia and Tiger fish. In many areas, particularly those with limestone crags, underground caves and cavers push you to Caving discoveries. As the Sof Omar cave system in Bale Park, crossed by Weib river. Or the longest cave system near Asebe Teferi, east of Ethiopia. In such a rugged environment, it is not surprising that many times can be better to move with horses or mules instead of vehicles. And this is a reason to practice and enjoy horse riding among nature, animals and people.

Cliff climbing

Cliff climbing experience cliff-climbing sports in wonderful areas of our country. With more than 800 bird species, including 30 endemics, Ethiopia is a popular destination for bird watching enthusiasts. Lots of itineraries are arranged for people with this interest. Hereunder shortly the areas where the main sport activities are practiced are mentioned:

1. Trekking Areas

  1. a)Semien Mountains National Park
  2. b)Bale Mountains National Park
  3. c)Surma people surroundings (also Dizi, Tishena, Zilmanso, Bume people and Omo park)
  4. d)The Danakil Depression & Afar people region
  5. e)Semien Mountains National Park – Sequota -(admiring unique view & rock-hewn churches)
  6. f)Lalibela and its External Churches (as Felakit - Debre Aron - Lalibela, or other)
  7. g)Meqdela (King Tewodros history)
  8. h)Semien Mountains - Debre Yared - Aderkai
  9. i)Tigray Rock – hewn churches
  10. j)Bethlehem church (Gondar)
  11. k)Addis Zemen –  Wohni Amba
  12. l)Selekleka – Meskel Kibra Monastery
  13. m)Zariema – Waldiba Monastery
  14. n)Debre Abay – Waldiba
  15. o)Mount Chilalo
  16. p)Mount Zuquala (near AA)
  17. q)Mount Kaka

 

  1. 2.Bird Watching

Menagesha, Awash Park, Rift valley lakes, Wondogenet, Bale Park, Debre Libannos, Southern Ethiopia, Historical areas. On different days basis. See par. E) Sports, under E.2)

  1. 3.Boating Areas

Lake Tana, lake Chamo, lake Shalla, Lake Abaya, Lake Ziway, lake Hora, lake Langano, lake Awassa

4. Fishing

a) Lake Tana

b) Lake Langano

c) Bale Mountains – (Weib River)

d) Lake Chamo

e) Lake Awassa

G) Lake Ziway

H) Lake Hora

I) Lake Abaya & Chamo

j) Lake Shalla

k) Lake Ashenghie (rarely)

M) Lake HAIQ

5. Rafting

a) Omo River

b) Awash River

c) Abay (Nile) River

d) Baro River

6. Automobile Racing (international)

7. Horse Riding

8. Abeba Bikila Memorial International Annual Athletics Tournament

 

Land

accordion1 Ethiopia, as large as France and Spain combined, has an area of 1,235,000 sq. k. About 65% of the land is arable, with 15% cultivated.
 

Climate

accordion2There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.
 

Topography

accordion3Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and center of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopian river is the Blue Nile(or Abbay), Which runs a distance of 1,450 km from the source in Lake Tana, to join the white Nile at Khartoum.
 

Transport

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Roads: there are some 4,100 km of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 km of gravel and dry-weather roads.
Railways: A778 km long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Air: Ethiopia Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips.

 

 

Electric supply

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About 90% of the population earns their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farms. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principle exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof and hides and skinks.
 

Language

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Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken. 

 

Newspaper

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There are several foreign-language newspapers published in Ethiopia including the dayily Ethiopian Herald, printed in English. 

 

Time

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Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours’ time zone, Ethiopia follows the Julian Calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days. 
 

People

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The population is estimated at 55 million, over 50% of who are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 49.
 

Currency

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The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, Made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency (on the appropriate blue colored form) is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may only be changed at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be attained as this will be required by customs on departure, visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian birr to foreign currency at the airport, you must, in addition to the currency declaration from, bring with you all the receipts for exchange transaction. 

 

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