Located in the Horn of Africa, and sporting a proud and ancient culture that has developed over millennia, Ethiopia simultaneously boasts a varied landscape that is home to numerous endemic mammals and birds, thus making it a photographers dream. Much of its appeal stems from its tapestry of highland areas – handsome Ethiopian Wolves stalk across the high-altitude plateau of the Bale Massif in search of their rodent prey, vast troops of intriguingly vocal Geladas graze short-grass meadows in the breath-taking Simien Mountains, and wizened priests draped in layered robes lean on their worn prayer staffs in Lalibela’s famous rock-hewn churches. Appropriately termed the “Roof of Africa”, this is a high altitude wonderland that charms all who visit!
However its photographic wonders extend beyond the dramatic highlands. Ethiopia is bisected by the mighty Great Rift Valley, and it is within this distinctive area that some of the world’s oldest hominid remains have been found. Its anthropological significance stretches beyond these ancient, fossil-filled substrates, and deep within southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley can be found some of the most colorful and bizarrely adorned peoples on this planet. Tribes such as the Karo, Hamar and Mursi still live almost exactly as they did hundreds of years ago, affording visitors the rare opportunity to photograph and interact with people that have almost completely evaded the onslaught of modernity. Paralleling the diversity and color of the Omo’s incredible tribes, Ethiopia is also home to staggering numbers of birds, many of which are large, colorful and easy to photograph.
All in all, Ethiopia’s heady mix of scenery, wildlife and culture make this an African photo safari destination like no other, and we guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for both you and your camera.
Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour runs scheduled photographic tours in collaboration with Oryx Worldwide Photographic Expeditions. More on Photographic tours