Ethiopia boasts seven of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Some are alkaline brown, yet surprisingly good for swimming some are tropical in setting; some are bordered or fed by hot mineral springs; some play host to large flocks of flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, herons, storks and ibises; with 831 recorded bird species, Ethiopia is a bird-watcher’s paradise.
Ethiopia’s Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile. The lake is dotted with island monasteries, which house many treasures of medieval art
Only 30 kilometres from the lake, the river explodes over Tis lsat falls (meaning’ smoke of fire’) – a sight that inspired wonder from the 18th century explorer, James Bruce. Before the Blue Nile joins the White Nile, which flows north from Lake Victoria, it runs for 800 kilometers through one of world’s deepest and most dramatic gorges.
Ethiopia’s mountains rise up to a height of over 4,000 meter, with Mount Batu, the second highest peak in Ethiopia, rising to 4,307 metres. The national parks enable the visitor to enjoy the country’s scenery and its wildlife, conserved in natural habitats, and offer opportunities for travel adventure unparallel in Africa.