Ethiopia (pronounced /ˌiːθiˈəʊpiə/) (Ge’ez: ኢትዮጵያ ʾĪtyōṗṗyā), a landlocked state in the Horn of Africa, is one of the most ancient countries in the world. Officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is the second most populous nation in Africa with over 79.2 million people and the tenth largest by area. The capital is Addis Ababa.

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Ethiopia is a strange country. Though now best known for famines, it is actually one of the greenest countries in Africa, being the source of 85% of the Nile’s waters – the waters that sustained Egypt for five millennia and allowed Egyptian culture to flourish. Despite this, millions of people in Ethiopia are dependent on food aid and it is now one of the poorest countries in the world. During my visit, I traveled the so-called ‘Northern Circuit’, which is what most tourists do: in an easy loop, it covers most of Ethiopia’s historical treasures. I also visited the ancient walled city of Harar. Should you want to visit Ethiopia, I recommend the Bradt Guide. I found it to be much more comprehensive and up-to-date and than the Lonely Planet.

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