Ethiopia: Gondar

  Gondar, Abyssinia’s capital for 250 years was founded by Emperor Fasilides in 1635 after a century of continuous warfare against Muslim invaders. It ushered in a golden era for the Abyssian empire during which the arts, architecture and even animal rights thrived. Gondar’s Royal Enclosure is a city within the city, home to six(…)

Ethiopia: Treasures of Lake Tana

  Lake Tana, in the North of Ethiopia, is a large Rift lake (3500 sqkm) dotted with dozens of islands. There are 20 monasteries located on the shores and islands of the lake, most of them dating back to the 14th century. During the period of warfare with the Muslims from the East in the(…)

Ethiopia: the Karo

  The Karo, a sister tribe of the Hamer (and the Banna), uphold similar traditions – and have a shared hatred towards the rapacious Dassanech. One characteristic of the Karo is their body painting. The women, particularly, paint their faces with white dots meant to represent the dots on the feathers of a guinea fowl.(…)

Ethiopia: the Dassanech

  The Dassanech are the most primitive tribe we meet. They live in Omorate, near the Kenyan border from where they originally migrated (from the Turkana region) some 300 years ago. Their dwellings are simple temporary huts made of tree branches, leaves and old sacks (reminiscent of the standard red-white-blue sacks that traders carry across(…)

Ethiopia: The Hamer

  The Hamer are one of South Omo’s most striking tribes. The men are tall and athletic with chiselled faces, adorned with exquisite jewelry (which they make themselves) and an AK 47 slung nonchalantly over their shoulders. Those fearsome he-men never leave home without a dainty looking little stool (which they carry everywhere with them)(…)