dinsdag 6 november 2012

Black-winged lovebird from Ethiopia





Ethiopia is an African enigma, combining a rich history, mosaic of cultures and incredible geographic diversity. The highlands strong Orthodox Christian heritage has been formidably maintained over the millennia, alone amongst Islam and tribal cultures in surrounding Africa. From the colourful chaotic sprawl of the capital Addis Ababa and medieval castles of Gondar to the tranquil island monasteries of Lake Tana, it is indeed a land of contrasts. This itinerary includes visits to local tribes and villages in the South Omo Valley to experience their fascinating culture and a walk in the northern mountains of the Simien Highlands. We allow plenty of time to take in the greatest of the ancient churches and monasteries home to art and religious icons, including the amazing 12th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The tremendous ethnic diversity and resplendent cultures of Ethiopia are evident as we explore the only country in Africa to have escaped colonialism. [source: lonelyplanet]


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