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Ethiopian Visa Requirements to Visit the Konso Cultural Landscape

July 17th, 2011
This month's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the newest additions to the list. Ethiopia's Konso Cultural Landscape was just designated as a World Heritage Site this year. The Konso Cultural Landscape is the ancestral homeland of the Konso people, a group of farmers and herders living in South Central Ethiopia. According to UNESCO, the site "constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities." In addition to showcasing the Konso people's traditional lifestyle, the Cultural Landscape also contains funeral monuments called wagas. These wooden statues are carved in th


An Ethiopian Visa: Your Ticket to Adventure

April 2nd, 2011
Are you looking for an adventure travel destination that's way off the beaten path? Gadling recommends taking a trip to Ethiopia's Somali region. Though there aren't many visitors and amenities are scarce, if you're not averse to "roughing"it there are a lot of attractions. Alibilal Cave is covered with prehistoric cave paintings of African wildlife like giraffe and gazelle. Meanwhile, a nearby national park gives you the opportunity to see these animals in person, plus lions and elephants. Even better, the region is overflowing with hot springs to relax in. But the people are quite possibly the best part of the trip. Gadling's Sean McLachlan writes: "The culture here preserves itself by oral traditions. Sitting with a clan elder and listening to his stories can be a one-of-a-kind


Get an Ethiopian Visa to Visit the City of Harar

March 4th, 2011
Harar, Ethiopia is ancient city that dates back to at least the 11th century AD. Historically, the city has long been famous for arts like weaving, basketry and bookbinding. It's also famous for its delicious coffee, which is considered to be some of the best, if not the very best, in the world. Although there's no hard proof, some believe that Harar is the birthplace of the energizing beverage, without which some of us simply could not function. Thank you, Harar! Harar is considered to be the fourth holiest city in Islam, and the city's walls enclose as many as 110 mosques, some of which are almost as old as the city itself. There's a lot to see here, and the city's inhabitants are generally friendly and welcoming to tourists. One spectacle that you won't see anywhere else is the


Travel Visas for the Tour d’Afrique

February 9th, 2011
The Tour de France? That's nothing! Try riding across the entire African continent on a bicycle! Since 2003, a hardy bunch of cyclists has been doing just that, as part of the Tour d'Afrique. The Tour d'Afrique crosses the entire African continent, from Egypt to South Africa, approximately 7,500 miles. While some participants are there to race, many others are just there for the experience and travel at their own pace, so people of all ages are welcome as long as you are in good shape and like to ride. The Tour d'Afrique takes a good four months to complete, and like most epic-level travel experiences, it's not cheap. The full tour will set you back €8,900, not including your bike, supplies for your bike, food on rest days, flights or visas. Fortunately, you can also sign on to just


Get an Ethiopian Visa to Get Up-Close-and-Personal with a Volcano

January 15th, 2011
Last week, I highlighted Ethiopia for its amazing adventure travel potential. This week, I found an awesome (if expensive) vacation package that proves the point: Volcano Discovery's Ethiopian volcano tours. Their "Desert, Salt and Volcanoes" tour takes you into the Danakil Desert, a place that National Geographic once referred to as "the Cruelest Place on Earth." In the desert, you'll visit salt mines, including an active volcano buried under a thick layer of salt. You'll also climb to the top of the active Erta Ale volcano and spend three days and nights observing the volcano and the fiery lakes of lava in its crater. This 14-day expedition costs a mighty 3,760 Euro, but you'll be rewarded with the trip of a lifetime and the ability to forever boast that you stood in front of a vol