Ethiopia, a melting pot of numerous cultural and religious dynasties, is the perfect exploration destination. While charter flights are possible, an extensive road trip is the best way to explore the ancient historical and religious sites of the north before venturing into the impressive highland regions and lake system of the Great Rift Valley that transects the country. 

Highlights include the ancient towns of Axum, Lalibela and Gonder, and the incredible collection of rack-hewn churches. For those in search of wildlife and the country’s impressive birding specials, the gelada baboons and Ethiopian wolves are in the Bale and Simien Mountains, while the birding hotspots are spread throughout. And in the far south, the Omo Valley is a remarkable off-the-beaten track destination offering a rare insight into the lives of traditional communities