Ethiopia among Rough Guides Best Countries to Visit in 2020

13 Nov 2019

In their latest list of best places to travel in 2020, travel publisher and tailor-made trip provider, Rough Guides, has placed Ethiopia among the ‘4 Best Countries to Visit.’

…an ‘Utterly unique’ country

“Ethiopia is utterly unique. The only country to cling onto its independence during the nineteenth-century Scramble for Africa, its culture and traditions have remained virtually intact. What’s more, its history goes as far back as the beginning of human existence. Its age-old structures, fiery cuisine, Amharic language and high-altitude wildlife occur nowhere else in the world. Despite this, Ethiopia receives a fraction of the visitors compared to nearby Kenya and Uganda. And now’s the time to rectify that.”

Gheralta Mountains

“First on the list of extraordinary sights are the 900-year-old sunken churches of Lalibela. Carved into rock trenches, the churches have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1970s. Still very much in use, they’re best visited in January for the Timkat (Epiphany) festival. At this time, thousands of white-clad worshippers descend into the crevices and attend a jubilant mass baptism.”

“To the west lies Gondar, lauded as the Camelot of Africa for its magnificent trove of seventeenth-century stone castles. While to the southeast, you’ll find the eerie hyenas of Harar. Trek into the Simien mountains and you’ll have the chance to spot the rare Ethiopian wolf, and the shaggy gelada monkeys that have made a home on the high northern plateaux.”

To explore Rough Guides 2020 bucket list, visit their website at  http://bit.ly/RG2020Travel.

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