Flanking the Shashemene road 160km southeast of Addis Ababa, the well-equipped town of ZIWAY is named after reed-lined Lake Ziway (or Denbel) on its eastern outskirts. Once a rather small and nondescript place whose livelihood depended largely on the lake’s profusion of tasty tilapia, Ziway has undergone a recent boom as a centre of commercial horticulture and the site of the high-tech, French-run Castel Vineyard, which produced 1.2 million bottles of wine in its debut 2014 season. For travellers, however, the main attraction of Ziway is the lake, with its prolific birdlife, plentiful hippo, and historic monastic islands.

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17 striking portraits of Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes

17 striking portraits of Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes

Renowned the world over for its decorated tribes, the Omo Valley is a stop on many a tourist route in Ethiopia. But visits to the area can cross ethical boundar…

20 May 2016 • Tim Draper insert_drive_file Article
Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

Today Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas. Following the Julian calendar, this East African, Orthodox Christian nation celebrates Christmas on the 7th January eac…

07 Jan 2016 • Karoki Lewis insert_drive_file Article
Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

In preparation for the new Rough Guide to Ethiopia, the book’s editor, Edward Aves, travelled to the remote and little-visited Bale Mountains National Park.…

18 Sep 2014 • Edward Aves insert_drive_file Article
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