Top ChoiceChurch in Lalibela

Bet Giyorgis

Bet Giyorgis

When you think of Lalibela, you're thinking of Bet Giyorgis. Resting off on its own, St George’s Church is Lalibela’s masterpiece. Representing the apogee of the rock-hewn tradition, it's the most visually...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Northern Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park

No matter how you look at it, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Simien Mountains National Park is one of Africa’s most beautiful ranges. This massive plateau, riven with gullies and pinnacles, offers tough but...

Top ChoiceChurch in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abuna Yemata Guh

Abuna Yemata Guh

There's nowhere on earth quite like Abuna Yemata Guh. Although less impressive architecturally than most, the church is spectacularly sited within a cliff face, halfway up a sheer rock pinnacle 4km west of Megab....

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Aksum

Northern Stelae Field

Despite the dizzying grandeur of the numerous rock needles reaching for the stars, it’s what’s under your feet here that’s most important. Amazingly, about 90% of the field hasn’t yet been dug, so no matter where...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Addis Ababa

Ethnological Museum

Ethnological Museum

Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace, and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the university’s main campus, is the enthralling Ethnological Museum. Even if you’re not a museum fan, this one...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Northern Ethiopia

Debre Damo

Debre Damo

Debre Damo is one of Ethiopia's most important monasteries and is thought to date back to Aksumite times and the 6th-century reign of King Gebre Meskel. The monastery’s formidable cliffs make for one of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Addis Ababa

National Museum

National Museum

The collection on show at the National Museum is ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa, but sadly many of its exhibits are poorly labelled, lit and displayed. Far and away the highlight is the...

Top ChoiceChurch in Lalibela

Yemrehanna Kristos

Despite Yemrehanna Kristos being one of Ethiopia’s best-preserved late-Aksumite buildings, few people reward themselves with a visit. And a reward it is. The church is different because it’s built rather than...

Top ChoiceChurch in Lalibela

Bet Maryam

Connected to Bet Medhane Alem by a tunnel is a large courtyard containing three churches. The first, Bet Maryam, is small, yet designed and decorated to an exceptionally high standard. It’s also the only church...

Top ChoiceChurch in Gonder

Debre Berhan Selassie

Debre Berhan Selassie

Welcome to one of Ethiopia's most beautiful churches. Appealing as it is on the outside with its stone walls, arched doors and two-tiered thatch roof, it's the inner sanctuary of Debre Berhan Selassie, with its...

Top ChoiceVillage in Southwest Omo Valley

Kibish

The main settlement in this area is the colourful village of Kibish. Set in a bowl in the forested hills, it is a fascinating place populated by the striking Surmi people. Photographing the Surmi attracts a fee...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Aksum

Abba Pentalewon

High above Aksum, on top of a tall, narrow peak, is Abba Pentalewon monastery. Tradition states it was built by Abba Pentalewon, one of the Nine Saints and a man who is said to have prayed nonstop for 40 years,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Addis Ababa

'Red Terror' Martyrs Memorial Museum

'Red Terror' Martyrs Memorial Museum

‘As if I bore them all in one night, they slew them in a single night.’ These were the words spoken by the mother of four teenage children all killed on the same day by the Derg, as she officially opened the...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park

More than any other park in Ethiopia, this national park is known for its wildlife, but it’s a very beautiful place, too. As you approach from Dodola, ridges to the east are punctuated with fortress-like...

Top ChoiceChurch in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Mikael Debre Selam

This church or ‘church within a church’ has an exceptional brown-and-white, Aksumite-style facade fronting its inner rock-hewn section. The bright, modern paintings at the front and its beautiful carved arch add...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Aksum

Ark of the Covenant Chapel

In between the old and new St Mary of Zion churches is the real reason for most people’s devotion: a tiny, carefully guarded chapel that houses what most Ethiopians believe is the legendary Ark of the Covenant....

Top ChoiceChurch in Lalibela

Bet Medhane Alem

Bet Medhane Alem

Resembling a massive Greek temple more than a traditional Ethiopian church, Bet Medhane Alem is impressive for its size and majesty. Said to be the largest rock-hewn church in the world, it measures 33.5m by...

Top ChoiceChristian Monastery in Lake Tana & its Monasteries

Dega Estefanos

One of the lake’s most sacred monasteries, Dega Estefanos (men only) was rebuilt in the mid-19th century and though the church isn’t too interesting, it holds a good selection of treasures (including a...

Top ChoiceChurch in Lalibela

Bet Amanuel

Bet Amanuel

Free-standing and monolithic, Bet Amanuel is Lalibela’s most finely carved church. Some have suggested it was the royal family’s private chapel. It perfectly replicates the style of Aksumite buildings, with its...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Lalibela

Ashetan Maryam

Set at 3150m, atop Abune Yosef mountain, is this monastery where the local priests believe they’re ‘closer to heaven and God’, and it’s easy to see why. Although the architecture here compares pretty poorly with...