Think ahead to January 7, 2017 and imagine what you’ll be doing. It’s the first Saturday after the US wintertime holidays, school is back in session, and most adult schedules have returned to a routine. But in Ethiopia, the celebration has just begun! Travel to the Timkat Festival and Genna Festival in 2017 and avoid that inevitable post-holiday lull.
Teacher Dona Malan has traveled to all seven continents and has visited 150 countries in her lifetime. This year’s first adventure was an Ethiopia tour with Journeys International in late January. “Everything we saw was worthwhile,” she said of the experience. “Every day was amazing.”
History and culture abound in Ethiopia, from remnants of the 1st century CE Axumite kingdom to the spectacular Gondar architecture to the medieval churches in Lalibela. Plus, Ethiopia boasts impressive landscapes, from the Simien Mountains to the Blue Nile Falls.
With so many things to do in Ethiopia, it can be hard to narrow down your options. So we've taken a stab at it for you, and listed what we think are the 'must-see' sites of this diverse and captivating country.
African safari. It's the dream we've all dreamed of. Or...maybe not, if we've heard and believed the rumors and myths that swirl around this literally awesome destination. We'd like to set the record straight on these myths, so that if Africa ISN'T already on your 'must visit' destination list now, it will be soon.
But before we start...there's one myth that is so egregious, it doesn't even get to be on the official list. So, it gets number zero...
0. Africa is a country
Nope. False. Africa is a continent, like Europe, containing 55 separate countries and a myriad more cultures. For some reason we Americans tend to cognitively conflate the countries of this continent more often than those of any other region, but understanding their fantastic diversity and individual uniqueness is crucial, especially when you're trying to find the truth behind the myths and plan the right safari for you.
OK, and with that out of the way, here are the six myths (and realities) about African safaris: