a fountain of youth?
How Ethiopia makes you 7 years younger
In 1582 when the rest of the Christian world adopted
the Gregorian calendar, Ethiopia stayed
with the Julian calendar.
With the passage of time, seven
and a half years have somehow
dissolved in the intervening centuries.
The featured tours cover the
or 1992-93 in the Ethiopian calendar.
Unique languages and writing
It is not only its calendar that differentiates Ethiopia
from its neighbors. Alone in
Africa, Ethiopia has its own
script and notational system.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the oldest Christian church
in Africa. Christianity became
the state religion in the Axumite
empire in 330 AD., even before Rome.
Muslim refugees were
given asylum in Ethiopia, established
communities and were free to worship before Islam
in its birthplace Arabia.
3000 years of Independence
When the European powers were scrambling to carve up Africa
between them, Ethiopia retained
its independence. The defeat
inflicted by the Ethiopian army under Emperor Menelik II on
invading Italian forces at Adwa in 1896 was the heaviest suffered
by any European army in
Africa, and reverberated throughout
the world at the time.
The occupation of Ethiopia by
Mussolini’s forces from 1935-41
was met with strong and continuous resistance, and left no
stamp on the character of the country or the psyche of its people.
Ethiopia’s unique character, its "Ethiopianess", makes it a fascinating
destination. There are
more than 80 ethnic groups and as many languages.
A proud, ancient and living history
Ethiopia has the most extensive historic sites in Sub - Saharan Africa.
Experts estimate that
perhaps as little as 5% of the total has so far been
discovered and excavated. The oldest
hominid remains (Australopithecus
ramidus, a new species, 4.4 million years old) were found
Top to bottom
In elevation it ranges from 120 meters below sea level in harsh salt flats of
depression, to the 4624-meter peak of Ras Dashen in the Simien mountains.
Travel Ethiopia, uniquely experienced
Travel Ethiopia is uniquely experienced to introduce the traveler to the myriad facets
Ethiopia past and present. Its two directors have between them over a half-century’s
Samrawit Moges has directed tours
throughout the country since 1981.
Thomas Mattanovich has been criss-crossing Ethiopia since the late 1960s,
visitors to the remotest areas. Born in the former Yugoslavia, Thomas
came to Ethiopia
at the age of 13. An Ethiopian citizen, he speaks 3 Ethiopian
and 6 European languages.
Both Samrawit and Thomas have a deep commitment to Ethiopia’s
wildlife. In the last five years they planted more than
200, 000 trees, and in some
localities are discussing with local authorities
and communities the reintroduction of
They head a team of experienced drivers, guides and administrative staff.
together they provide visitors with a wonderful trip at competitive rates.
Even our Webmaster , Jerry Maizell, has 24 years experience as Director
of Sales for Ethiopian
Airlines in USA, where he is known as "Mr. Ethiopia."
While we can not guarantee the whole 7 years or any permanent effects,
Travel Ethiopia and the combination of our special knowledge
and skills and fascinating land will be
a tonic for those who feel enriched in
experiencing Ethiopia's range of human and natural diversity.
will certainly feel younger at the end of your trip.
Samrawit & Thomas