Ethiopia is rising as a tourism destination. This Eastern Africa nation has over the last year taken a deliberate stride aimed at harnessing its tourism products, packaging
them properly and displaying them to the local, regional and international markets.
It is an open secret that Ethiopia is endowed with some of the most unique sites on the African continent. Today, Ethiopia boasts of more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in Africa.
Axum also spelt as Aksum is an ancient city located in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia. The city was the original capital of the Kingdom of Aksum and is one of
the oldest places in Africa that has continuously been inhabited by humans. Axum was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980 due to their historic value.
Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia. The town has been placed on the global World Heritage Sites map thanks to its monolithic rock-hewn churches.
Like Axum further north, Lalibela is regarded by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians as one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Axum. Over the years, Lalibela has been
a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Axum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian.
Simien Mountains National Park was established in 1969. The park is one of numerous national parks in Ethiopia. The park is located in the northern (Simien) reaches of the Gondar Zone within the Amhara Region. The park’s territory covers the
entire Simien Mountains that also include the Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia. Standing at a height of 4,550 meters, the Ras Dashan is also the 10 highest peak in Africa.