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A feat of nature: The Danakil Depression

Tour leader Dario describes his favourite place in Ethiopia, the mighty geological spectacle in the Afar Region, which resulted from the presence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa. The Danakil Depression, also known as the hottest place on earth, is one of the most tectonically activ…

Client Blog: Ethiopia's Omo Valley

Regular Wild Frontiers traveller Andrew Simmonds recently returned from his third visit to Ethiopia in the last 18 months, this time to the culturally-rich Omo Valley region. Here he reports on some of the problems tourism poses this area, in what, for Wild Frontiers, is an issue we are continually …

Word On the Street From Addis Ababa: City Guide

Addis Ababa, known locally as Addis, means “New Flower” in Ethiopia's official language: Amharic. It was founded on a site of hot springs in 1886 by Empress Taytu Betul, the wife of Emperor Menilek II, while he was away on military campaign (“Honey… I went to the spa... and founded a city there…”). …

Meet our Ethiopia Expert - Lukey

Tailor-made specialist Lukey joined WF in 2011 and has extensive experience of organising holidays in Ethiopia and Sub Saharan Africa. We asked Lukey a few questions about Ethiopia, including her favourite place, what first timers to the country need to know and her hidden tips… What should peopl…

Exploring the Danakil Depression

WF traveller Andrew Simmonds recently travelled on our group tour to the Danakil Depression. Below he talks about his impression of this fascinating destination. After visiting Ethiopia in April, I was looking for another trip to do before the year ended and, due to work commitments, I ended up b…

World's First 'Selfie' Discovered in Remote Cave in Ethiopia

Wild Frontiers Offering Holidays to See the Amazing Discovery New ancient rock art has been discovered in a remote cave in southern Ethiopia. The prehistoric artwork depicts three cavemen looking at the cave wall canvas, and has been dated by experts to be 20,000 years old, making it the world's …

Herding Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

John Brown made a beeline for the reception desk of the Lalibela hotel and leaned – intently – towards the diminutive receptionist: “There’s no plug in my bath”, John Brown said. “I know”, responded the diminutive receptionist blankly. “Can I have one?” John said - a little more intently - …

Things to Know About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country rich in history, culture, and nature. It's one of the forgotten gems of Africa and these amazing things you should know about Ethiopia will have you booking your next trip.

Tej in Tigray - Discovering Life at Home in Ethiopia

As a tour leader one of my favourite places on the Northern Circuit is Gheralta in the Tigray region, it’s stunning and there are plenty of ancient rock-hewn churches to choose from, which is perfect for me as I can gauge what would best suit the group. Some of the churches require a good head for h…

Horse Riding in Ethiopia

For all of you that know me who might be wondering why I’ve been to Ethiopia and why I haven’t been on a horse – don’t be fooled; I rather bravely rode an 11hh pony for about 200 yards whilst on the TESFA trek –it was very short lived, but definitely an experience. During the trek it’s possible to h…

Clown Shoes and Cuisine in Ethiopia

 One of the many highlights of our Northern Explorer trip is the two nights we spend with local communities to the southeast of Lalibela. Working in partnership with Tourism in Ethiopia for Sustainable Future Alternatives, we are one of the only UK Companies to be staying in a local village like thi…

History Lesson With A Twist

A month or so before our trip, Jonny gave Lulu and I both a copy of Graham Hancock’s The Sign and the Seal and suggested that we read it to get a grasp of Ethiopia’s history. Having not made it past chapter one (and I don’t think Lulu even made it through the introduction), I was unsure what to expe…

An Ethiopian Education

To me, Ethiopia seems an extraordinary mix, and melting pot of different cultures. Scenically and historically, it is simply fascinating, and in many ways so different from the ‘safari’ Africa I’m familiar with. Leaving Gondar behind, the intrepid journey really felt like it was beginning as we hea…

Africa's Got Talent!

Never one to be shy about being the first on the dance floor, Ethiopia is the perfect place for me! To make things worse, I have the notorious Lukey (from the WF office) as a partner in crime. Our finest moment came at the end of our walk in the Simien Mountains, with the help of Mahari - our head …

Wedding Fever grips Ethiopia

Arriving in a new country always fills me with excitement and maybe even a little bit of anticipation – it’s the unknown – not quite knowing what to expect. You can read a million and one books before you arrive but until you’ve experienced it you don’t know how it really is. About 10 years ago a gr…

Travel to Ethiopia - the Land of Love and Good Coffee. WF Clients generously donate to school project.

Easter is coming up and I am leading the Wild Frontiers trip to Ethiopia. I have been working in this country for a good 7 years now - and leading trips there always seems to put a lasting impressions on me and my fellow travellers. If you have thought about visiting Ethiopia - I would like to encou…

Dave Watts in Ethiopia

We just arrived at Guaghot, the second night on our TESFA trek. We have had a fantastic couple of days visiting 4th century churches and we stopped at a wedding for lunch today. We're now sitting on the roof of the guesthouse watching the sunset light up the orange mountains. TESFA's new project has…

Village Timkat Ethiopia - Mette buys an Ox

Over the last couple of years we have been celebrating Timkat in Ethiopia with the help of our friends at Tesfa, avoiding the tourist crowds by walking to a village and staying with them for a couple of nights. Mette, one of our Tour Leaders, has just reported back and it sounds like this Timkat was…

Mette in Ethiopia - School visit and Donga stick fighting in Koka

It has been fantastic to return to Koka, a small village in the Suri region of South West Ethiopia. Dave and I visited a school here back in May and now myself and the group have been able to visit  the school bringing supplies such as books, pens, blankets, plates and cooking equipment, it was a gr…

Marc in the Omo - video diary

If you would like to see three funny little clips that Marc took on his trip in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia last week, please click here

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