Ethiopia Introduction

Ethiopia is a country in East Africa, landlocked bordered by Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya. It offers natural beauty, cultural diversity. Ethiopia has rich historical and glorious past regarding Egypt. Ras Dashan is the fourth highest peak in Africa, in the Simien mountains of Ethiopia and the most distinctive feature is the northern part of the Great Rift Valley, a major tourist attraction, which runs through the entire length of the country in a northeast-southwest direction. Ethiopia’s largest lake, Lake Tana, is the source of the Blue Nile River. This river, in an amazing arc before merging with the White Nile in the Sudan, travels through great canyons. Ethiopia is a home not only to hundreds of different tribes with their different languages and wonderful animal and bird life. A unique experience of natural wildlife traveling to this wonderful country is awaiting your footsteps and surely Ethiopia will entertain you with his best.

Area: 1,127,127 sq km

Religion: Muslim 45%-50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%-40%, animist 12%, and other 3%-8%.

Population: 74.8 million people are living in Ethiopia

Language: Amharic is Ethiopia’s official language and the most widely spoken, others include: Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaragigna, Somali, and Arabic. English is the major foreign language taught in schools

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Ethiopia is October to May, during the dry season.

Currency: the Birr. 1 Birr is divided into 100 cents.

Visas: All visitors are required to have a visa unless you are a citizen of Kenya. Tourist visas are valid for 3 months and many nationalities can get one at the airport upon arrival.

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