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Gondar-Ethiopia

 

Travel and Tour Ethiopia - Blue sky Ethiopia tour offers great Ethiopia holidays, Honeymoons & private tours to all over Ethiopia. We offer complementary Hotel and Travel Service like car rent , airport shuttle service which are fully customizable.
 

Travel to Gondar in Ethiopia

Gondar is a city in Ethiopia, which was once the old imperial capital and capital of the historic Begemder Province. As a result, the old province of Begemder is sometimes referred to as Gondar. Located in the Semien Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, Gondar is about 500 kilometers north of Addis Ababa, 35 kilometers from north of Lake Tana, and in the foothills of the Simien mountains. The city has an elevation of 2133 meters above sea level.

To the north of Lake Tana, a popular second stop on the northern circuit is Gondar, which served as Ethiopia’s capital for almost 300 years from 1635 on wards, and is today noted for its impressive 16th- century castles as well as the beautiful decorated church of Debre Birhan Selassie.

 

The modern city of Gondar is popular as a tourist attraction for its many picturesque ruins in the Royal Enclosure, from which the Emperors once reigned. The most famous buildings in the city lie in the Royal Enclosure, which include Fasilides castle, Iyasu's Palace, Dawit's Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Mentewab's Castle, a chancellery, library and three churches.

Near the city lie Fasiladas' Bath, home to an annual ceremony where it is blessed and then opened for bathing; the Qusquam complex, built by Empress Mentewab; the eighteenth century Ras Mikael Sehul's Palace and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church.
Gondar is now a tourist hot-spot, called "the Camelot of Africa."

Downtown Gondar shows the influence of the Italian occupation of the late 1930s. The main piazza features shops, a cinema, and other public buildings in a simplified Italian Modern style still distinctively of the period despite later changes and, frequently, neglect. Villas and flats in the nearby quarter that once housed occupation officials and colonists are also of interest.
Fasilides Castle is a stunning tourist destination in Ethiopia. It is an old castle built in 17th century for the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides Alam Sagad. The castle can be found in Gondar, Amhara Region. The castle’s structure is purely made of stone. Definitely, Fasilides Castle is a representation of Ethiopia’s great history.

To the North of Gondar, traditionally the preserve of hardened trekkers and hikers, lie the staggeringly scenic Simien Mountain National Park, home to the country’s main concentrations of the endemic Gelada Baboon and Walia Ibex. Notable animals in the mountains include, Caracal and a few Ethiopian wolves.

Following the recent construction of a rough road in to the Simien Mountains, this lovely range forms a feasible day or overnight trip out of Gondar.

The region includes many summits above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), and culminates in the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, which at 4,543 meters (14,901 feet), is also Africa’s fourth highest mountain. It is not a very difficult mountain to climb and can be reached by traveling through the Simien Mountains national Park.

This is a tough, challenging and incredibly rewarding trek, and you will remember the beauty of the countryside, the diversity of the flora and fauna and the friendliness of the local people for a long time to come.

History of Gondar

Ethiopian Emperor Fasilides Alam Sagad is one of the remarkable rulers in Abyssinia, the ancient name of Ethiopia. He founded the city of Gondar in 1636 which became the capital of Abyssinia, which is in the northwestern part of Ethiopia.

The Gondar city during that time was one of the most significant business centers in Abyssinia. It is also home to various cultural and administrative amenities. Because of that, the city prospered and different structures were built.

From time to time, castles, churches and other infrastructures were constructed. One of those is the emperor’s castle, the Fasilides Castle. It is one of the most important castles in Ethiopia.

There are many other castles and old churches around the place, but the Fasilides Castle is the most remarkable because little damage has been done to it. A tourist can be amazed at how this enormous castle was built during the early times and how it battled to remain standing until the 21st century.


Gondar Castels

 

Fasil
fasil side view

 

Semain mountan
Gelada babun
Watch Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. The Semain National Park is the place where the over 6,000 Geladas go about their business

 

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Tours to Gondar castles, Semien mountain National Park

Tour of the Castle Compound - Tour Code: TST 2005 Duration: 2 night and 3 days.

Semien Mountains Trekking - Tour Code:BSET 116 - Duration : 6 NIGHTS AND 7 DAYS

The Standard Historic Route by Flight - Tour Code: BSET 108 Duration: 4 NIGHTS AND 5 DAYS.

Semien Mountains Trekking Tour Code: BSET 203 Duration : 11 NIGHTS AND 12 DAYS

Trekking and Nature Tour - Tour Code:BSET 205 - Duration : 20 NIGHTS AND 21 DAYS

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