When most people think of traveling to Africa for their honeymoon, they usually think of South Africa, Tanzania or Kenya. Indeed, these countries are awesome destinations and definitely deserve a spot on their lists. However, Ethiopia is steadily coming out of the shadows of its African neighbors and staking its claim as one of the leading honeymoon destinations across the continent. One of the most fascinating and captivating countries in the continent, if not the whole world, Ethiopia is an inexhaustible source of wonder for newlyweds looking to celebrate their new life together. Here’s why:
1. Nature’s Bounty
Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and its landscapes are epic in both scale and beauty. From the surreal landscapes of Gondar to the cascading water of the Blue Nile Falls, there is no shortage of breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and volcanoes in this ancient and glorious country. Here, you and your spouse can hike more than 3000m above sea level (the Simien and Bale mountains) or trek down to the lowest place in Africa, the Danakil Depression. As you move from one mesmerizing location to the next, you get to encounter lush highlands, vast stirring deserts, vertiginous canyons and sweeping savannah, high plateaus and enchanting lakes. Trust us, your cameras are going to be quite busy in Ethiopia.
2. Distinct Wildlife
Many honeymooners favor the safari experience because it allows them to spend time in nature observing some of the most magnificent wildlife on the planet. Ethiopia does not disappoint and is even home to a number of endemic species that offer som pretty special wildlife encounters. For instance, at the Simien Mountains alone, you can spot the endangered Ethiopian fox, Gelada or “bleeding heart’ baboons, and the elusive Walia ibex. There are also hundreds of bird species in Ethiopia that you wouldn’t get to see anywhere else on the planet.
3. Historical Wonders
Ethiopia prides itself on being the only African country to have escaped European colonialism. This means that it has retained much of its cultural identity. Here you get to see extraordinary monuments to faith and power which serve as focal points for so many wonderful journeys and Hollywood movies. From pre-colonial Christian Churches, like the 11 magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, to the gigantic obelisks in Axum. There are also ruined forts, palaces, and other architectural marvels that will definitely contribute to the highlights of your honeymoon.
4. Unique Tribal Cultures
The Ethiopian people are warm, welcoming and proud to show you around their beautiful country, which is home to more than 80 different ethnic groups. Many of these tribes, especially the tribes of the Lower Omo Valley live unique and fascinating lives. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance, the Omo Valley is home to some of Africa’s most fascinating tribal communities. You and your spouse can arrange for cultural village visits to this area and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn about their long-established traditions and witness their unique rituals and ceremonies.
5. Cuisine and Coffee
Ethiopian cuisine is something that you really have to try! The most popular dish, injera, is a large, spongy, pancake-like bread, on which juicy portions of spicy meat and amazing vegetables are served. This injera is used not just as a serving dish, but also as an eating utensil used to scoop up the sauces of the meats and veggies. It is sometimes messy but always a delicious experience! Conversely, did you know that Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered? The coffee here is so rich and divine, people have come from far and wide to take part in the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. This eye-opening cultural experience will have you appreciating the simple joys of life that come from sitting with friends over cups of deliciously brewed coffee and popcorn.
6. Attractive New Accommodations
Back in the day, subpar accommodation options were among the major hindrances to Ethiopia becoming a well-visited destination like its East African counterparts, Kenya and Tanzania. Even the best hotels in celebrated destinations like Lalibela, Gondar, and Bahir Dar were just a little above a backpacker level. Not anymore. Ethiopia now boasts significant infrastructural developments and new accommodations that cater to the leisure traveler. You and your spouse are sure to find attractive options during your stay and enjoy your honeymoon in exclusivity.
In addition, Ethiopia’s happening capital of Addis Abba is fast becoming one of Africa’s fun and funkiest in Africa. Take a tour of its buzzing hub of economic, social and political activities; from visiting national museums to reveling in its awesome nightlife, Ethiopia will wow you! Talk to us today about your dream honeymoon destinations in Africa and let us work with you to make it a reality. And don’t forget to commemorate your romantic trip with an Ethiopian souvenir!