Ethiopia makes National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List’

11 Feb 2020

Ethiopia has been included in National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s ‘Cool List’ of 20 must-see destinations for the year ahead.

Listed at number 12, Ethiopia is noted for its ‘new tours, improved safety, and a tourism trade that’s growing faster than anywhere else in Africa’.

“…green, mountainous Ethiopia is one of the most exciting places to visit in Africa, if not the entire world. The government introduced electronic visas in June 2018 and encouraged the construction of new hotels in Addis Ababa, while new direct flights from Manchester have begun with Ethiopian Airlines. Travellers traditionally come to seek out the ancient rock churches of Gheralta and Lalibela, but several tour companies, including Wild Frontiers, are branching out to offer tours of the Omo Valley with visits to tribes including the Mursi, famous for their lip plates.”

Gheralta Mountains

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller, said: “…we’ve scoured the globe for 2020’s most interesting destinations. It’s a list that gives you plenty of inspiration close to home, as well as further afield, highlighting hiking trails, emerging culinary hubs, luxury lodges and landmark attractions…We hope this year’s Cool List helps you enjoy the journey.”

Other African destinations included in the annual list include Namibia at number 1, and Cairo at number 13.

The National Geographic recommendation is the second big international endorsement of Ethiopia as a tourist destination for 2020. Last November, Ethiopia was placed among the ‘4 Best Countries to Visit’ in 2020 by travel publisher and tailor-made trip provider, Rough Guides.

Rough Guides said “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.”

The hotly anticipated list of countries and cities is revealed in the March 2020 issue of the magazine — on sale on Thursday 6 February.

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