Known for its plethora of bird species and internationally-renowned coffee varietals, Ethiopia has a rich history waiting to be discovered by travellers. A visit to the capital city Addis Ababa reveals fine architecture of centuries past, while outdoor markets and al fresco-dining options are reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

Ethiopia also offers some serious alternatives when it comes to game viewing with a diaspora of wild animals not as well-known as Africa’s Big 5. The country’s national parks and conservation areas are not to be missed, while the contrast of cosmopolitan lifestyle in its cities offers a good counter to these natural offerings.