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Ethiopia Safaris - A truly remarkable land

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Travel through a medieval world of historical treasures, with Christian beliefs and practices little changed in thousands of years. Mountains and plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by lowlands, semi-desert and tropical forests.


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The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

The wide range of altitude has given the country a variety of ecologically distinct areas – from the highest point on The Simiens to the Danakil Depression that lies below sea level. Nowhere in the world is as well endowed with traditional and tribal cultures than Ethiopia.

We can arrange an incredible cultural expedition which takes you into this remote region of the African continent where you will be immersed into an array of tribal lifestyles and biblical like living museums, where you will enjoy 'street level culture', with a fascinating blend of cafes, bars, sidewalk musicians, small galleries and bistros, where it is hard to draw the line between participant and observer, or between creativity and its creators.

So, why not join us on the most amazing cultural expedition of your life, to see people and lifestyles totally unaffected by the western world that you will feel nothing but sheer privilege at being able to travel amongst them.

HOWEVER, if you are inconvenienced by spartan accommodation or you are apprehensive in unfamiliar situations, then this expedition is not for you! Although Ethiopia's rich cultural history may be the primary focus - the sheer breath-taking beauty of this country's scenery overwhelms your senses and embeds itself in your mind's eye.

Every journey is a visual feast. The spectacular highlands are a haven for endemic and endangered species such as the Simien Wolf, the Walia Ibex, the Gelada Baboon and the Lammergeyer Vulture.

Your journey becomes a quest to absorb and understand the myths and religious crusades that have dominated this land from the incredible rock-hewn underground churches of Lalibela 'A prayer in Stone' to the dizzying heights of the Simien Mountain Range described by one writer as 'The chess pieces of the Gods' - the experience is multi-dimensional and intense.

We have several options on offer. An 8 day, a 14 day and an 18 day journey. You will be flown by either fixed wing private charter aircraft or helicopter for the 8 or 14 day journey and you can join a fixed wing set departure for the 18 day option, or you can take this privately.

Elements such as visiting the Danakil Depression, are by helicopter. The journeys take in Gondor, Lalibela, the Simien Mountain National Park, the Danakil Depression, Bale Mountains National Park, Tigray, Harer and the Omo Valley. We only use the very best accommodation that Ethiopia has to offer.



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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.

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100% Tailor Made

- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- The very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good and an outstanding holiday

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Priceless Knowledge

- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

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Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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