In order to reach the Guassa plateau from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, you have to travel approx. 260 km. A paved and then ground road (approx. 80 km) leads to Tarmaver. It takes about 5 hours to travel there by car. Is it worth travelling for so long? Definitely yes!!! We will reach one of the most natural places untouched by civilization in the highlands of Ethiopia. The area, occupying approximately 100 square kilometres, is perfect for trekking. There, we can admire stunning views and meet endemic animals, including Gelada monkeys and Ethiopian wolves. In addition, there are beautiful birds - more than 100 species have been counted here, including Ankober Serin threatened with extinction, and predators with majestic Lammergeyer (vulture). The vegetation of the Afro-Alpine zone is also extremely interesting, e.g. great lobelia. It takes indeed half a day to reach to the Guassa plateau from Addis Ababa, but it is worth remembering about the fact that it takes two days to reach the Siemen Mountains offering similar attractions.

Discover Ethiopia: Guassa Plateau

There is an interesting collection of the Ethiopian cultural relic at the National Museum in Warsaw capital of Poland. They were donated by Wojciech Korablewicz, a Polish doctor working in Ethiopia and an author of an interesting book, ”Sun in Ambach”, and professor Stanisław Chojnacki, a founder and a longtime curator of the IES Ethnographic Museum at the Addis Ababa University (there is a memory board at the museum which is dedicated to the professor).

Discover Ethiopia: Ethiopian crosses in Poland

It is a tribe living the southernmost in the Ethiopian Omo Valley. They live in the Omo River delta north of Lake Turkana. The name of Dassanech means just the people of the delta. The tribe population is about 50,000, they speak a language of the Kushite language group. They are divided into eight clans. Once they were called Galeb but the name was withdrawn because of the negative connotation.

Discover Ethiopia: Ethnical groups - Dassenech

The 32km light-rail project that had been under construction in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, finally opened earlier last month. The first light-rail system in Sub - Saharan Africa.

The system, which will expand to total 39 stations across the city, is expected to carry 15,000 people per hour in one direction. The infrastructure project was built over three years by a Chinese company after the Ethiopian government secured 85% of funding from the Export-Import Bank of China.

Cars are air-conditioned. For ticket from the Stadium to Megenagna I paid 2 birr.

Discover Ethiopia: Light rail comes to Addis Ababa

Mursi tribe inhibits an inaccessible area between the rivers Mago and Omo. It's language belongs to the Nilo-Saharian languages. The population of this tribe is estimated at 10.000. It is divided into 18 clans. The most valuable treasure of every Mursi is cattle. Even the names are given according to the color of your favorite cow. Mursi people boast among local tribes with the largest number of cattle, therefore they are considered to be the richest. All social relationships are approved by the exchange of cattle. The dowry is usually constituted by 30-40 cows, although today it is more often also a rifle. This wealth goes from a groom's family to a bride's family. Therefore, the birth of a girl is treated as a blessing - it contributes to the growth of a father's wealth. This does not mean that male descendants are less important; they will look after the flocks.

Discover Ethiopia: Ethnical groups - Mursi
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