Ethiopia, Land of Unmatched Beauty & Diversity

7 April 2017 | Travel East Africa |

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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.

Dallol Salt Flats

The Dallol Salt Flats

Driving through Dallol Salt Flats

Driving through the Dallol Salt Flats

Camels Trekking Across the Salt Flats

Camels Trekking Across the Salt Flats

The Dallol Volcano

The Dallol Volcano

Danikil Depression

Danikil Depression

The drive from Adigrat to the Simien Mountains

The drive from Adigrat to the Simien Mountains

The view from Limali in the Simiens National Park

The view from Limali in the Simiens National Park

A Walialbex in the Simien Mountains

A Walia Ibex in the Simien Mountains

Stars over the camp site in the Simien Mountains

Stars over the camp site in the Simien Mountains

An armed escort to Erta Ale Volcano

An armed escort to Erta Ale Volcano

Erta Ale Volcano

Erta Ale Volcano

The Hyena Man in Harar

The Hyena Man in Harar

An Ethiopian Wolf in the Bale Mountains

An Ethiopian Wolf in the Bale Mountains

A waterfall in the Bale Mountains

A waterfall in the Bale Mountains

Some elders in discussion at a church in Lalibela

Some elders in discussion at a church in Lalibela

St Georges 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

Note 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.

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.

COMMENTS (4)
Anne
April 12, 2017

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

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    Shauna Trieb
    April 14, 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!!

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      Nicky Fitzgerald
      April 15, 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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    Nicky Fitzgerald
    April 15, 2017

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

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