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"Archeologists have found the oldest known human ancestors in Ethiopia, including Ardipithecus ramidus kadabba (c. 5.8–5.2 million years old) and Australopithecus anamensis (c. 4.2 million years old). Originally called Abyssinia, Ethiopia is sub-Saharan Africa's oldest state, and its Solomonic dynasty claims descent from King Menelik I, traditionally believed to have been the son of the queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The current nation is a consolidation of smaller kingdoms that owed feudal allegiance to the Ethiopian emperor."

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Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Founded in 980 B.C., Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world."

Customs and Culture:

"The Kaffa province in Ethiopia is renowned for its coffee.  Coffee is a national drink and its drinking is a ritualized process that generally takes at least an hour."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Required. Issued in advance or upon upon arrival 

What to Pack"It’s tricky to pack for Ethiopia just because you get the extreme hot in the valley and then you have the other end of the spectrum where the Simien Mountains will possibly drop down to freezing at night.  The key at the end of the day will be to hand wash my clothes and layer up as needed."


When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: Ethiopian Birr Exchange Rate

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Addis Ababa


"Only since the late 19th century has Addis Ababa been the capital of the Ethiopian state. Its immediate predecessor, Entoto, was situated on a high tableland and was found to be unsatisfactory because of extreme cold and an acute shortage of firewood. The empress Taitu, wife of Emperor Menilek II (reigned 1889–1913), persuaded the emperor to build a house near the hot springs at the foot of the tableland and to grant land in the area to members of the nobility. The city was thus founded in 1887 and was named Addis Ababa (“New Flower”) by the empress."

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