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Expect the unexpected in Ethiopia

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 8, 2012

iol travel june 4 ss Ethiopia Kuriftu lake and resort1

Growing up in Soweto, I dreamed of visiting Miami and New York… because those were the only beautiful places I saw on TV or in American movies.

Africa? Not a place I thought of much because, like most South Africans, black and white, I tended to regard our home continent as the “dark continent”.

Then, a few years ago, after a visit to Mozambique, my dream changed its shape and I found myself longing to visit more of this intriguing continent.

But when I told my friends and family I was going to Ethiopia, they became very worried. Without knowing recent facts about the country, they started expressing their concerns: are you going to be safe? Is there war there? Pirates will kidnap you…

Which goes to show that there are still many of us who regard the continent as a place of coups, wars and famines.

And which is also why more of us need to go to places like Ethiopia, and have our eyes opened to the treasures which are in our own backyard.

iol travel june 4 ss Ethiopia Ben abeba restaurant3Ben Abeba restaurant in Lalibela.

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This, then, is the story of how my eyes were opened.

I’ll admit I was a little nervous when I boarded an Ethiopian Airlines plane in Joburg with other journalists and tour operators.

But from the moment we touched down in Addis Ababa, the capital of a country with more than 82 million inhabitants (the second most populous in Africa), we were made to feel at home.

Our first two nights were spent at the Kuriftu resort and spa in Debre-Zeit, about 45 minutes south of the capital.

The nights at the resort, which is built on the banks of Lake Kuriftu, were filled with lots of local dancing, live performances, local food and luxuries like La Vieja cigars and Remy Martin cognac. No different from what you’ll get in upmarket places here or in Europe.

The next stop was the city of Bahir Dar, 548km north of Addis Ababa.

It was in this city that we experienced the beautiful Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia that stretches 93km….click here to read the full story

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