Ethiopia by Air
Ethiopia is a land of ageless beauty where the landscapes have barely changed since biblical times, the environments are inhospitable and the sheer scale is unfathomable. A helicopter safari facilitates a breathtaking safari to some of its remotest and most challenging destinations, from the soaring Simien Mountains, to the Danakil Depression which sits below sea level.
Your journey begins in Addis Ababa, the vibrant capital, from where you will fly the course of the Blue Nile Gorge to Lalibela, Ethiopia’s holiest city where you will explore ancient medieval rock-hewn churches, hidden crypts and dimly lit passageways, carved from solid granite, a millennia ago. Flying over the Tekeze River which has created one of the world’s deepest canyons, you will arrive in the Tigray region where you will find a particularly spectacular landscape of red stratified mountains and sharp peaks that rise from the plains. Ancient churches teeter on top of rocky pinnacles and you will have the opportunity to hike to Abuna Yemata – the ‘church in the sky’. Your next destination is the Danakil Depression which lies at 120m below sea level and is considered the hottest place on earth. It is a stunningly beautiful but wildly inhospitable environment of neon lakes, minerals crusts and weird rock formations and you’ll witness the Afar people and their camel caravans eking a life out of the salt pans that exist here. At over 4500m, the misty green Simien Mountains provide a stark contrast and the opportunity for hiking and spotting rare wildlife including the walia ibex and endemic gelada or ‘bleeding heart’ baboons. Along the way you will take in the stellae monuments of Aksum and the might fortress of Gondar.
This helicopter safari provides the unique opportunity to experience Ethiopia’s remotest communities and loneliest holy sites, touching down spontaneously to experience the most spectacular landscapes imaginable. Only by air is it possible to cover these vast distances whilst truly appreciating the immense scale of this stunningly beautiful and timeless land.
Why we like it
The rock hewn churches of Lalibela and Tigray
Exclusive use of private helicopter
The proud Afar people
The soaring Simien Mountains to the Martian looking Danakil Depression