We’ve been awed by the magical scenery of Ethiopia, but its people are just as lovely. Here are a few portraits of the country’s beautiful inhabitants.
Crossing the border from Sudan into Ethiopia, it took all of an hour for the landscape and culture to change dramatically. Harsh desert unfolded into lush, rolling hills and eventually the mountainous Ethiopian plateau, and the people and culture quickly became far more African than the middle-eastern-feeling Sudanese. The colors and textures of the Ethiopian landscape have astonished us time and again, and none more so than the Simien Mountains. A four-day trek through this UNESCO World Heritage Site brought us to altitudes of over 13,000 feet; through grassy highlands, soggy mountainside forests, and baboon country. The days were crisp and sunny, the sunsets were dramatic and saturated. A photo could never do the Simien Mountains justice, but we’ve tried our best to give you an idea of the epic landscape that we were lucky enough to visit.
And what’s next? An 8-hour bus ride to Lalibela to see the famous rock-hewn Churches!
The night sky in the Nubian Desert, with absolutely zero light-pollution, is something totally out of this world.
From Wadi Halfa, one can take the paved road that follows the meandering Nile to Khartoum in about 10 hours. Boring. We took the 3-day desert route.
When gearing up for our ferry crossing from the southern tip of Egypt into northern Sudan, we were instructed to bring our senses of humor. The 18+ hour crossing is the only way to enter Sudan from Egypt and we happened to be traveling the weekend before the large Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, meaning that the ferry was full to the brim with Sudanese returning to their home towns from Egypt. Things were a little bit cozy.
It’s been two weeks since we’ve had internet—trekking from Dahab down through Luxor and Aswan, and finally into Sudan. Here are a few quick photos from our final days in Egypt. Hope to have more reliable internet in the future so we can post more regularly!