Fun Things to do in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has a variety of activities and a wealth of fascinating attractions and traditions. Here is a comprehensive list of adventurous things to do in Ethiopia.


Ethiopia is a popular destination for trekking and camping since it is almost the only way to visit the most beautiful, and un-spoilt areas of the country. Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains top the list of best trekking areas. With established campsites, this is definitely one of the fun things to do in Ethiopia.

Trekking within these areas offers tourists a chance to see stunning scenery, enormous cliffs and escarpments and also the opportunity to spot unique wildlife such as the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboon.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing in Ethiopia has a very long tradition that dates back to the formation of rock hewn churches in Lalibela and other parts of the country.

Rock climbing spots in Tigray

Rock climbing spots in Tigray

Today, modern rock climbing has become a common adventure among the rock climbing lovers visiting Ethiopia. Although rocks are found everywhere in Ethiopia, Aksum and Tigray are the most popular places for rock climbing in Ethiopia.


Boating in one of Ethiopia’s many lakes is a rewarding experience. Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes such as Lake Tana make good day trips or weekend excursions for those looking for fun things to things to do in Ethiopia.

Life out on a lake in the morning when the water is calm and the serene is refreshing is an experience that draws many people to Ethiopia.

Horse Riding

Ethiopia has the largest horse population in Africa. For this reason there are quite a number of places to hire horses for riding including Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Discover Ethiopia’s highlands on horseback as you ride through various ecosystems and dramatic scenery and national parks.

Horse riding adventure in Ethiopia

Horse riding adventure in Ethiopia

Holiday makers have tailored tours that suit all levels of riders. While horse riding one has a chance to discover the dense indigenous forest, spot different birds and wildlife species as well as encounter the locals doing their day to day activities.

Wildlife Safaris

With so many things to do in Ethiopia, wildlife safaris adventures should not be missed at all cost. Even though it wouldn’t be the same as the safari adventures in Kenya or Tanzania, there are rare species of wildlife worth seeing in Ethiopia.

 White-eared kob and zebra migrating through Boma National Park

White-eared Kob and zebra migrating through Boma National Park

The real gem of Ethiopia’s safaris is the white eared Kob migration that sees about a million of white eared Kob population move across the Gambella National Park into South Sudan’s Boma National Park. This is the second largest wildlife migration after the great wildebeest migration of the Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks.


1 Comment

  1. Liz Tapawa

    March 22, 2016 at 11:50 am

    The article which you have published is definitely worth a read, and the points mentioned can be agreed upon. But, Kenya is definitely the best spot when it comes to availing the best services which a hotel should offer. One should research and know about the best hotel in Kenya and their prices, before making any decision on holiday packages.

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