Ethiopia is about northern Ethiopia or the Historic Route, covering all the major historical sites. Unlike anywhere else on Earth, it has the ability to wow you day after day. The historic route is packed with astounding history and some of the best scenery in Africa. There is over two millennia worth of ancient treasures scattered, from the magnificent Blue Nile Falls to taking a boat trip on the vast Lake Tana and exploring isolated island monasteries.
The third-largest city and first stop on the historic circuit in Ethiopia are Bahar Dar. The vibe in the town is relaxed and the nearby lake and monasteries only add to this. If you haven’t spent time lounging by the lake, then you haven’t had the real Bahar Dar experience. You’ll admire the canoe, clearly fragile vessels made out of woven papyrus that is absolutely unsinkable. They can handle men and ox!
The 18th century of Ethiopia was Gondar, where then Emperor Fasiladas built his fairy tale castles. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is now a wonderful museum complex that showcases the last centuries of the country’s emperors. The wealth and splendor of this ancient capital can still be seen in the modern city. Despite its size, Gondar is extremely walkable. Great shopping, restaurants, and hotels are all available here. In nearby Gorgora you’ll find a small but impressive Christian monastery.