The natural beauty of Ethiopia amazes the first-time visitor. Ethiopia is a land of rugged mountains broad savannah, lakes and rivers. The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collections of birdlife, great escarpments and stunning vistas. Tisisat, the blue Nile falls, must rank as one of the greatest natural spectacles in Africa today. With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire sub-Saharan ecosystem. Birdlife abounds, and indigenous animals from the rare Walia Ibex to the shy wild ass, roam free just as nature intended. Ethiopia, after the rains, is a land decked with flowers and with many more native plants than most countries in Africa. Among the many natural tourist attractions only the principal ones are briefly given below.
Ethiopia is one of the best kept secrets in the world for seeing an astonishing range of wildlife. While you can certainly see some of the larger and more obvious game animals such as lions and elephants in various areas of the country, Ethiopia’s main attraction lies in the sheer variety of its smaller and perhaps less dramatic wildlife.
Most notable of all in Ethiopia is the variety of endemic species that can be seen, both mammals and birds. Ethiopia is, for example, one of the most satisfying countries in the world for the adventurous bird-watcher, yet it does not take an experienced ornithologist to delight in the variety of colorful inhabitants of the trees and bushes, both in the town and the countryside.