There’s no better way to discover Ethiopia than an extended road trip through the mosaic of ever-changing but reliably thrilling landscapes that connect the country’s tourist attractions.
- A large and rapidly improving network of surfaced and all-weather roads connects Addis Ababa - the national capital and main port of entry - to key tourist sites such as Lake Tana, Aksum, Gondar, Lalibela, Gheralta, Hawassa, Harar, and Bale and Simien Mountains National Parks. These can be explored on organised tours or tailored itineraries on the fleets of reliable vehicles operated by various local tour companies.
- For the more adventurous traveller, specialist operators run a variety of 4x4 expeditions into the volcanic landscapes of the Danakil Depression, the tribal lands flanking the river Omo, and the remote but wildlife rich Gambella National Park in the far west.
- Africa’s highest all-weather road traverses Bale National Park’s 4,000m-high Sanetti Plateau, where the eagerly sought Ethiopian wolf is frequently seen on the roadside, along with many rare and endemic birds. An all-weather road also runs through the upper slopes of the Simien Mountains National Park, offering ready access to this scenic Afro-Alpine habitat and its habituated gelada baboons. The roads through the Danakil, by contrast, are among the few that lie up to 100m below sea level.