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The freshest of Ethiopian feasts

18th March 2018

Although trekking in the Ethiopian highlands is not often described as a foodie experience, you can’t separate the sometimes startlingly fresh produce and local flavours from the experience itself, as Benjamin Allan discovered. I can’t remember what time it was when I arrived in Lalibela for the start of a ... [READ MORE]

Great Ethiopian Run – Fast, furious and noisy

12th March 2018

After returning from the 2000 Sydney Olympics with his second consecutive 10,000m gold medal, Haile Gebrselassie made plans to launch a race in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. His intention: give a platform to the next generation. Never could he have foreseen how enormous the Great Ethiopian Run would ... [READ MORE]

Trekking the Simiens

17th September 2017

Tom Hilton got to put a big tick on his Must Experience list when he went hiking in the Simien Mountains recently. “The Simien Mountains had been on the ‘to do’ list for some time, a hidden gem of northern Ethiopia. Friends who had been up here unanimously spoke of ... [READ MORE]

Ethiopian Easter: a personal account

17th September 2017

Tom Hilton joined us in Lalibela to experience the celebration of Easter – or Fasika as it’s known locally.  Here he generously shares his impressions of his time in Ethiopia’s New Jerusalem. I had been to Lalibela once before, but was eager to bring a group of friends to show ... [READ MORE]

Easter in Lalibela, Ethiopia

18th March 2017

The religious rituals that take place in Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches to mark Easter may be what the town is famous for. But there is so much more to Easter in Lalibela. Girma Tadele grew up in the town and shares his experiences of this special time.  This year in Ethiopia, ... [READ MORE]

Ethiopia’s rich cycling history

11th March 2017

Alemayehu Sitotaw grew up on Ethiopian cycling and represented Ethiopia at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Here he reflects on the sport’s history in Ethiopia, and why we can expect to see many more world-class Ethiopian cyclists in the future. For as long as I can remember, and I’m now in ... [READ MORE]

Win a cycling jersey signed by Pro cyclist Tsgabu Grmay

7th March 2017

To celebrate the launch of the first ever road cycling tours to Ethiopia, we’ve teamed up with UCI World Tour rider Tsgabu Grmay of the Bahrain-Merida team to offer you a cycling jersey. Tsgabu has had an impressive start to his cycling career since becoming the first Ethiopian professional cyclist in ... [READ MORE]

A journey free of preconceptions

3rd February 2017

By Benjamin Allen When you’ve never been to Africa to the idea of going can conjure a melee of thoughts. When I first went to Ethiopia, I had no idea what to expect. Not only was it a trip to Africa that wasn’t a safari, but it was to a country ... [READ MORE]

The Twelfth Day of Christmas in Ethiopia

15th January 2017

Swimming pools are something you might not associate with a religious festival. Mention the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and most Westerners will start humming and conjure up 12 drummers drumming rather than a swimming pool. But on Thursday the 19th January, the Fasiledes Bath in Gonder will be at the ... [READ MORE]

Ethiopia’s Annual Running Street Party

16th December 2016

The Great Ethiopian Run International 10km is a road race like no other. Held in November each year, this is a festive celebration of running, a fabulous “street party”, as one of the Olympians who took part this year described it. And at its heart is a name that anyone ... [READ MORE]

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