Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Although very close to the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean coasts, Ethiopia is completely landlocked between narrow strips of coastal lands of Somalia, Djibouti, and Eritrea. On the landward side, Ethiopia is locked in by Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya. Except for some parts in the east, the rest of the country is mostly cooler than you would expect in this part of Africa. Dry seasons are interrupted twice a year by wet spells. Around 3.14 million of the country’s 91.2 million people live in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Get a car for hire in Ethiopia and explore Addis Ababa and other destinations such as Gondar and Bahir Dar.
Most visitors enter and leave the country through Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. Start your tour with a visit to Meskel Square. From there, you can visit major landmarks such as the art deco building of the Ethiopian Parliament, Holy Trinity Cathedral, and Africa Hal. Get a car for rent in Ethiopia so that you can continue the tour to the National Palace, Ethiopian Railway Museum, and the Ethiopian National Museum. If you are in town for business, you might visit Shengo Hall, which was shipped in entirely from Finland and assembled in Addis Ababa.
Bahir Dar is a pleasant little city located at the south end of Lake Tana. Bahir Dar is the gateway to the many recreational pleasures of the lake and its islands. You can also visit tourist sites such as the Blue Nile Falls. But before you do all these, you must take a long drive to Bahir Dar on Route 3 past Fiche and Debre Markos.
Continue on Route 3 past Bahir Dar for another couple of hours, and you will bump into the imperial capital of Gondar on the other side of Lake Tana. You will find forlorn castles from the 17th and 18th centuries bearing mute testimony to the pomp and glory of this place when it was ruled by emperors and warlords. The main attraction is the Emperor Fasilides’ Palace from 1640. His grandson Iyasu built not just the Iyasu Palace, but also the magnificent Debre Berhan Selassie Church.
There is so much more you can do and see around the capital, on Route 3, and around Lake Tana. For instance, you could continue past Gondar to Debrak and use it as a base to explore the Simien Mountains National Park. You can go further ahead to Axum, another ancient capital. You could visit other lakeshore destinations such as Arba Minch and Hawassa that are closer to the capital. But the biggest thrill is around Dire Dawa, which is the second biggest city and close to the border with Djibouti. Book your car rental in Ethiopia right now and plan to use Dire Dawa as a base to visit the Babile Elephant Sanctuary, Yangudi Rassa National Park, Mile Serdo Wildlife Reserve, and the Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve.
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