Twenty kilometres south of Shashemene, the spa resort town of WONDO GENET was once a favoured weekend getaway for Haile Selassie and his imperial entourage. These days, however, the cement hot-springs pools – housed in the grounds of the Progress International Resort Hotel – are pretty grotty, and a much bigger attraction is the surrounding forested hills, which can be explored on a network of steep footpaths with knowledgeable local guides. Anubis baboon, guereza and grivet monkey are all quite common in the vicinity, while avian highlights include silvery-cheeked hornbill, white-cheeked turaco, Narina trogon, double-toothed barbet and half a dozen easily seen Ethiopian forest endemics.

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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