SENIORS JOURNEY TO ETHIOPIASep 10th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
I was driving with a friend on a church mission to Mexico. He was having a telephone chat that sounded a little “different.” When I asked Scott about it he said that he was talking to his sister in Ethiopia. “Wow”, I said. Imagine that. All the way to Ethiopia. Those international SIM cards are amazing aren’t they. This senior traveler has always been enthralled with Ethiopia.
A Tourist Paradise
The natural beauty of Ethiopia will amaze first-time senior visitors. It’s a land of rugged mountains (some 25 are over 4000 meters high) broad savannahs, lakes and rivers. The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collections of birdlife, great escarpments and stunning vistas.
Seniors will find The Blue Nile that is the source of most of the floodwater that gives Egypt life. Although it is less than half as long as the White Nile, in the rainy season it carries four times as much water. Tisisat, the Blue Nile Falls, must rank as one of the greatest natural spectacles in Africa today.
Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found in Ethiopia, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites – and some of the lowest, such as the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape.
A land of culture
Ethiopia, an old country beyond all imaginations, has culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years. With over 80 different ethnic groups with their own language, culture and traditions. The strong religious setting, celebrations and festivals play an important part in everyone’s daily life.
What Senior Visitors Need To Know
Visit Ethiopia has a tour that caters to the over 50 crowd and I would advise that on your first trip there that you strongly consider a tour. If you are looking for something special for your trip to Ethiopia they offer a variety of first class Ethiopian adventures.
Ethiopia provides a mix of cultures and traditions that ranges between the modern and sophisticated lives of the cities to the most untouched and authentic tribes of the remote parts of south western Ethiopia. More travel advice is always better than too little and About.com comes to the rescue here.
My special interest in Ethiopia goes on
My nephew and his wife adopted a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopia. Ethiopians are handsome and are renowned for their courtesy and friendliness of manner. Men bow on introduction in the old fashioned way and no matter who he or she is and any senior visitor will quickly be invited to share an Ethiopian meal.
Lonely Planet has a super site suggesting the best time of year to go, places to see, getting there and around plus tips for seniors who are first-timers. The US Dept. of State is always great link for the “Smart Traveler”. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK has similar advice. Wikipedia is another super resource for history, climate and more.
Ethiopia is a country that offers natural beauty, cultural diversity and an incredibly rich history that rivals Egypt’s glorious past. Travel to Ethiopia and discover the buzzing markets of Addis Ababa, the walled Muslim city of Harar, the ancient city of Axum and the medieval castles of Gondar.
You will come face to face with monuments and ruins, thatched roof and rock-hewn churches and monolithic stelae, a vast array of landscape, a wide variety of ethnic groups, mighty rivers and waterfalls, chain of rift valley lakes, unique flora and fauna. All which leave you enchanted by Ethiopia. Take some good notes in Ethiopia and send a few back to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanx. jeb