Planning your travel for 2016? Here are 11 reasons to visit Ethiopia right now.

1. The Coffee!
Can you imagine starting every day of your vacation with a perfect cup of strong Ethiopian coffee?

 

 

2. Feel Like A True Explorer.
Ethiopia’s government is making a big push to double tourism by 2020. This may be your last chance to experience an off-the-beaten-path Ethiopia. There are still plenty of places throughout the country where you won’t see another foreigner for days – you’ll feel like an explorer.

3. The people.
Ethiopians are some of the most welcoming and hospitable people on this planet. They’re constantly offering to share their food, helping you find your way through the city or inviting you into their family home.
 

 

 

4. Visit all of Ethiopia’s Nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Forget animals and safaris, this is a different kind of African tourism. Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country on the continent, including the famed town of Lalibela with its 11 rock-hewn churches.

Photo by Rod Waddington via Flickr Photo by Rod Waddington via Flickr

5. The food.
It’s no surprise to you that we’re big fans of Ethiopian food. There’s something for everyone: vegans, meat lovers, spice addicts and everyone in between. Join us for a food tour and see for yourself.

 

 

6. Go Back In Time.
Seriously! It’s only 2008 in Ethiopia – you’ll be 7 years younger when the plane hits the runway.

7. Hiking. 
Ethiopia has some awesome areas to hike, like the Bale Mountains National Park in the south of the country. In just a four day hike, you’ll see 5 totally different habitats and you’ll almost definitely see an Ethiopian Wolf: Africa’s rarest carnivore.

Simien Mountains National Park also has some great hiking and the views from the escarpment are truly breathtaking.

Harenna Forest Photo by Tim Colson via Flickr Harenna Forest Photo by Tim Colson via Flickr

8. Ethiopian Wine.
Wait, what? There are vineyards in Ethiopia? Yep, and they make great wine! Visit the Castel Vineyard in the wonderful lake town of Ziway: see how the vines are grown, meet the growers and producers and then enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at the Kuriftu Wine House across the street. Check out 9 things you didn’t know about Ethiopian wine.

9. Bragging Rights. 
Have your friends been to Ethiopia? Didn’t think so.

10. Unpredictability (In A Good Way)
Sick of your normal routine? You never know what could happen in a day here – the simplest thing could take a totally unexpected and exhilarating turn.

Photo by Georges Courreges via Flickr Photo by Georges Courreges via Flickr

11. Shameless Plug: Because of Addis Eats! 
We offer bespoke tours that take travelers far and wide in Ethiopia. No two tours with Addis Eats are ever the same. We set you up with different local guides throughout your holiday, giving you a varied yet intimate understanding of the country. We’re the #1 ranked tour company on TripAdvisor and we’ll make sure your trip is an incredible and unforgettable experience. Get in touch with us to plan your trip today!

But don’t just take our word for it; here are some of our customer’s reviews:

“It was an outstanding trip and very well organized. If you need local expertise with your trip, I definitely recommend AddisEats. You will not be disappointed and they really care about their customers.” 
– John L.  – TripAdvisor, Sep 2015

“Addis Eats did a fantastic job arranging a weekend trip to Lalibela for me. They booked all the flights (graciously accommodating several changes in my schedule), booked the hotel and arranged for a terrific guide. All the plans went off flawlessly.”
– Victor B. – TripAdvisor, Nov 2015

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