Nakuta La'ab monastery - Photo Credits: Silvano Greco
We had an appointment with our guide at 2.30 pm and so after lunch, to pass the time, we looked at the small shop at the reception; it has beautiful handicrafts, especially the crosses attract our attention.
Lalibela - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are in Ethiopia, to be precise at Addis Abeba; we have so much desired this journey and it is finally about to begin!
This morning we woke up at 7.00 am and went down to have breakfast; there was a very rich buffet but we were not very hungry, we ate some fruit, yogurt, some sweets and then we drink a nice coffee; we are in the country of origin of coffee and we are curious to try it, even if, to try the real Ethiopian coffee, we will have to attend a coffee ceremony.
Addis Abeba - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
At 11.00 pm we landed in Addis Ababa, at the international Bole airport; first of all we are going to attend to the immigration procedures, luckily we have requested the visa online, because there is a discreet queue; but the queue of online visas runs faster.
Istanbul airport - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
Today is the big day! We leave to Ethiopia!
Our flight leaves from Malpensa and, as we have been doing it for some time now, we decide to go to the airport by our car.
we leave from home a little early, today is a working day and you never know how the traffic on the A8 Milano Varese could be.
Fortunately we do not find much traffic and in a short time we arrive at Malpensa, we park in our favorite parking lot and go to the airport by their shuttle.
To enter Ethiopia it is necessary to get a visa that can be obtained in two ways: online or upon arrival at the Bole airport in Addis Ababa.
As soon as you get off the plane you arrive in the area of the airport where you get the visa; there are two different areas: one for those who must apply for a visa on arrival and the other for those who have already applied for a visa online.
Ethiopia - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
Here we are! Tomorrow we leave to Ethiopia!
This is a journey that we have long wanted and that we have studied in detail and now it is time to pack and leave!
What to pack for a trip to Ethiopia
Ethiopia - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
I had started studying Ethiopia for some time, it was a long time since we wanted to visit this country so rich in history and culture.
Ethiopia is a unique country, it is a crossroad of cultures, a bridge between Sub-Saharian Africa, North Africa and the Middle East
iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Photo Credits: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
As winter deepens, rainfall eases off and the grass turns yellow and dry, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, in South Africa, conservation managers turn their attention to an integral element for the management of protected natural areas – fire. Controlled burns are an essential management tool for maintaining the optimal ecological functioning of fire-prone natural systems, allowing old, dead vegetation to burn off and new palatable grass to grow back in its place.
Elephant - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
During the Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas’ eighth birthday, formed the backdrop for the revelation that Niassa Special Reserve, the country’s largest, is also celebrating a milestone: a year without a single elephant dying at the hand of poachers.
The ANAC noted in the statement a “significant reduction in elephant poaching in the country, especially in the Niassa National Reserve, which has completed one year without elephants being slaughtered by poachers”.
ISimangaliso Wetland Park - Photo Credits: Triton Dive Lodge
iSimangaliso marine protection expands significantly.
In a massive step forward for the benefit of South Africa’s marine resources, and in particular the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the Minister of Environmental Affairs signed a gazette notice on 23 May 2019 proclaiming twenty new marine protected areas (MPAs).
This includes a huge expansion to the existing iSimangaliso MPA and will increase protection of the ocean around South Africa from 0.4 to 5%.