Ethiopia with a difference
Ethiopia, almost the only African country to have escaped European colonialism, has retained much of its cultural identity. Its sovereign story has left its wide-ranging and fertile highlands laden with historical treasures ranging from ancient Aksumite tombs and obelisks to 17th-century castles. This country begs outdoor escapades with its larger-than-life, hallucinatory landscapes. Hiking and trekking in Ethiopia’s Simien and Bale Mountains are obvious choices. Then there are those must-do- before-you-die moments, such as exploring the surreal depths of the Danakil Depression or climbing up cliff faces to remote rock-hewn churches in Tigray.