Ethiopia has an incredible array of different landscapes to explore, with tropical forests, soaring mountains, lakes, volcanic hot springs and grasslands, all set off by beautiful weather. Take in the local wildlife, like the walia ibex, the gelada and the Ethiopian wolf, and visit the Babile Elephant Sanctuary for a walking safari. The Danakil Depression is the second lowest point in the world (second to the Dead Sea), and has scorching temperatures that can reach over 50 degrees, with active volcanos and a lava lake. For something rather cooler, visit the stunning Blue Nile Falls, which the locals call Tis Abbay, meaning “great smoke”. Harar is also worth a visit. The oldest Islamic city in the whole of Africa, it has narrow streets and more than 100 mosques; and don’t miss the night feeding of hyenas just outside the city. Tantalise your taste buds with Tihlo dumplings, meat stews and vegetable dishes with atop injera, a flatbread, and wash it down with beer, Ethiopian wine, Tej honey wine or jebena coffee.