My recent trip to Ethiopia offered so many varied experiences. Ethiopia offeres cultural, historical, and natural experiences to the traveller. Unfortunately, in our limited time, we were unable to do everything, which may mean that we will one day return. Here’s a taste of what we did experience while there.
Ethiopia is known for their rock hewn churches. Our itinerary did not highlight these churches, so therefore we missed out the famous one, Lalibela, but we managed to see a few. Abraha we Atsbeha has beautiful paintings inside unlike other churches in the area which were burned. It was so interesting to see stories of the bible depicted with African figures.
At Wukro Cherkos, the paintings were less and you could see the burn marks. We happened to be visiting at a time of pilgrimage and we were able to witness the priest giving holy water
Medhane Alem Kesho was my favourite church. You can really see how they built it out of the rock. This church has carvings instead of paintings. The bottom right hand photo is where milk and honey flow from this rock once a year on March 19th.
Although not known for its animals like its neighbouring country, Kenya, to the south, we did get to see some animals while we were there.
Highlights of our trip were being able to visit with the tribes of Omo Valley.
Observing Ethiopians in the everyday life was interesting. How hard they work. The food they eat. The way they make their bee hives.
Our other highlight was the Danakil depression
Ethiopia is also known as the cradle of civilization. Lucy was found here, so of course we went to visit her
We will one day return to explore more of the churches, historical cities and to do hiking in the different mountains.