So after an amazing few months spent driving through southern Africa visiting nature reserves, national parks and doing our very own self-drive safaris, I thought it was only right that I re-watch The Lion King (for the hundredth time). I couldn't help notice how similar it was (song and dance numbers notwithstanding) to our real …
The Danakil Depression is the hottest place on earth with an average daily temperature of 35 degrees, it lies -116m below sea level and is one of the driest and most tectonically active places on the planet. Here you will find salt flats and salt mountains, bubbling sulphur pools and active volcanoes, dotted with villages of the Afar people.
This small town in the north of Ethiopia is the most ancient of capitals and the holiest city of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Here you can see the towering stelaes placed there for kings, crumbling palaces built for queens and hidden tombs dedicated to the deceased royalty.
The isolated mountain town of Lalibela is famous for it's complex of rock-hewn churches, the perfect symmetry and intricate details carved out of the cliffs from the roof down. Get lost in the connecting tunnels, catch a morning mass and enjoy the clean air, this is one place you cannot miss.
Exploring the ancient walled city of Harar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the spiritual heart of Ethiopia's large Islamic community, considered by some Muslims to be the fourth holiest city in the world.