Back in 2013, I was lucky enough to pack my bags and travel to Ethiopia with my girlfriend (these days, my wife). I wasn’t sure what to expect from a country that is seldom travelled. But I knew I was in for a treat. I’d visited other countries in Africa before including South Africa in 1997 Tunisia in 2002, Namibia in 2006, and Kenya in 2010. But with a continent as big as this, every country offers up a completely different experience.
It didn’t take long until our flight was landing in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and Africa’s fourth-largest city. From here we’d travel by bus to Lake Awasa, the Bale Mountains and Adama.
Here’s a little about what each destination treated us to.
Addis Ababa. Home to a whopping 3.5 million people, Addis Ababa greets visitors with busy streets, honking horns and monumental architecture. During the day, the city screams culture with a mixture of churches, mosques and museums peppered along the streets. While traditional Ethiopian food and dance can be experienced on every corner.
Lake Awasa. A convenient stop between the bustling capital and the serene Bale Mountains. Lake Awasa is certainly worth a few days of your time. The main thing to do here is to spend time boating on the lake, spotting hippos in the water and enjoying the fresh seafood in town.
Bale Mountains. The highlight of my trip was a three-day horseback ride through the Bale Mountains. Home to some of the rarest species in the world. The Bale Mountains are a treat for any nature lovers out there. Divided into grassland, woodland, meadows and forest, all interspersed with lakes and streams, this place is truly magical. You’ll find stock photos from the Bale Mountains are on sale here: stock photos Bale Mountains Ethiopia. Fancy a horseback ride in the Bale Mountains yourselves? Check out this site: https://balemountains.org/plan-your-trip/activities/horse-back-riding/
To see more photographs from my trip, or want to find travel stock photography from Ethiopia, check out this page: stock photography Ethiopia.