On top of Africa – The Ethiopian Highlands

The Abyssinian highlands are the final stop for the cloudy water mass that finally feeds the source of the legendary Blue Nile. Its most dramatic region is the area around the Simien Mountains, whose volcanic origin is letting plants thrive and prosper that well that even baboons convert to vegetarianism.… Read More

Gondar – Little Ethiopia

When wandering through the streets of Gondar then you don’t only meet the royal palace. In many aspects and situations you will inevitably become an eye witness of a unique history and its achievements clashing with today’s African society. You’ll experience Ethiopia in small Read More

Hewn into the bare Rocks – The Churches of Lalibela

Millions of years ago the Ethiopian highlands got unfolded by volcanic activity. There, at an altitude of 2500m, the village of Lalibela is located. It is home to unique churches that are originating from the idea to build a second Jerusalem and became hewn into the bare red hard basalt lava rock.… Read More

Continental Drift en miniature – The Lava Lake of Erta Ale

Real lava lakes are a rare sight on our planet. Over all there are only a handful currently active and of course somehow they have to be accessible to stand at its crater rim. In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression one of the most beautiful, majestic and mystic of its kind can be seen, the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano Read More

Dusting pointless… On the go through Danakil Desert

The debate about the hottest place on Earth is presumably as old as humanity itself. People believing their bedroom among the top 10 of those places will be disappointed when hearing about places like Ethiopia’s Danakil desert, where the sun begins to singe everything having a heartbeat while at 9:30 in the morning West Europeans get ready to enjoy their second breakfast.… Read More

Dallol – Like on a different Star

Dallol is the lowest volcanically active spot on Earth’s mainland and to boot Danakil’s hottest place. Not only oven-like air is holding a meeting there, also several chemically enriched pools and its richly coloured salts are courting your retina’s favour. If there’s acidic water pouring out of the ground to your feet and the surrounding air becomes sometimes pretty smelly and corrosive, then it doesn’t sound neither appealing nor inviting.… Read More

Simien Mountains Panorama

A panoramic photo showing the eastern escarpment of the majestic Simien Moutains, Ethiopia’s biggest scenic highlight. Taken from Imet Gogo and made of 14 single photographs… Read More