Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea are sadly avoided by many tourists but have a culture and history that should not be left unexplored.

Ethiopia is rich in history, wildlife and cultural traditions that deserve the fame of Egypt. Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. The landscape is littered with rock-hewn churches, mighty castles and isolated monasteries. Nature lovers come away with memories of waterfalls, mountains and wildlife.

Djibouti is a blend of African, Arab, Indian and European influences. Djibouti City is a minor port on the Red Sea. On the streets you can see traditionally robed tribesmen, hennaed women, camels and French Legionnaires. Away from the coast, the hinterland is a bizarre treat of weird lunar landscapes and vast salt lakes.

Eritrea is a tiny country with a strong sense of identity sitting on the horn of Africa. Torrid deserts, fertile highlands and arid plains are all part of Eritrea which was a colony of Italy for more than 50 years, evidence can still be seen in the magnificent architecture of the capital, Asmara.

Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours if you plan to visit Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea