Axum and its Surroundings
Axum, Ethiopia's most ancient city, and capital of one of the most glorious empires of the past, is one of the most illustrious links in the Historic Route. The 10th century BC Axumite kingdom was at one time considered together with Persia, China and Rome as one of the great powers of the world. It was an important commercial centre, trading with Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, Arabia and Persia. Axum began to decline in the seventh century AD.
The Hamer People
The Hamer people are usually identified with their periodic ceremony. It is known as the ‘bull jumping’ or ‘maz’. It marks the initiation of the young men in to the adult hood. The ceremony involves a running leap on the backs of many bulls that must be repeated at least four times.It is in this ceremony that the fate of a young Hamer man is determined whether he is capable for the social jump from youth to adulthood and for the responsibilities of marriage and rising for a family.
Semien Mountain National Park
Dubbed as the "Roof of Africa," Ethiopia has the highest elevated portion of landmass on the continent. The Semien Mountains National Park is part of this landmass ,it was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESO in 1978. The region includes many summits above 4,000 mts and culminates in the highest point in Ethiopia and fourth highest peak in Africa, Mount Ras Dashen (4,620 mts.) . It is an ideal place for nature lovers and trekkers.