Ethiopia has been in the spotlight, lately, thanks to this season of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way.
But before a ridiculous reality show brought it kicking and screaming onto the small screen, this African country was a popular tourist destination.
Described as a cross between a naturalistic haven & a hidden wonder of African history, the country has both an archaeological pedigree & a seemingly untouched beauty that puts it in a class by itself
So, if you’re looking to travel like a local, consider these five places the next time you’re in the gorgeous African country. You definitely won’t regret it!
Awash National Park
Located just outside the capital city of Addis Ababa, Awash is home to many of the country’s natural wonders, including Mount Fantelle, the Filwoha Hot Springs, and Lake Beseka.
If you’re looking to go shopping & support the local economy, a stop in Jinka is a must-do. Every Saturday, local vendors offer the best of their handmade wares, so make sure you patronize them.
Babile Elephant Sanctuary
Only about 1,000 elephants remain in Ethiopia, and the Babile Elephant Sanctuary is responsible for keeping them safe.
The Churches of Lalibela
In medieval times, Christianity invaded Ethiopia. Today, about 11 of those churches remain, and some of the more devout locals make periodic pilgrimages to them.
Deriving its name from the Arabic word for “the city,” Harar is a walled city in the easternmost part of Oromia. Today it’s popular amongst Muslim’s because of its nearly 100 mosques in the city.
Another tip to enjoy Ethiopia as a local? Join in the ritual feeding of hyenas!