Ethiopia: The Hidden Jewel of Africa
Join us for an evening of conversation, storytelling, and education about one of the most fascinating countries in the world: Ethiopia. Special guests Patricia Stone from Global Adventuress and Desale Mitiku from Grand Holidays Ethiopia will talk about travel opportunities in Ethiopia. Forbes Magazine rates Ethiopia one of the “10 Coolest Places to Go in 2019.” There will be a drawing for a trip for 2 to Ethiopia!
Sample food from Queen Sheba Ethiopian, participate in a traditional coffee ceremony, and learn about:
The rock churches of St Lalibela, carved from one solid rock and in continuous usage for over 900 years.
The palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba called Axum (Aksum), the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
The fossil of “Lucy,” known as the “grandmother of humanity.” Lucy is one of the oldest hominids ever discovered, found in the exciting city of Addis Ababa, the de facto capital of Africa.
Ancient tribes of the Omo Valley and who reside in the truly remote areas of Ethiopia’s south.
The breathtaking landscape of Ethiopia, comprising over 70% of Africa’s mountain ranges.
The endemic animals of Ethiopia, including the most endangered canine in all of Africa, the Ethiopian fox, and the beautiful Bleeding Heart Baboon.
About Patricia Stone:
Global Adventuress was founded by Patricia Stone, a travel expert who has traveled to 167 countries & 7 continents. Her recommendations are featured regularly on Forbes and her travel site contains over 500 articles promoting destinations around the world with her hotlist of where to go, stay, dine, & how to get around. The site inspires travelers to get out of their comfort zone, and have unique, fun experiences. Readers discover travel resources, ideas and stories from around the world to help them plan for their next trip.
Patricia Stone has trekked to the top of Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, dived the depths of The Blue Hole, and explored remote Timbuktu. She believes, "The more we travel, the more we are able to connect with local people and understand each other. We become culturally and globally aware of how our choices can impact the world in a positive way. Through travel and adventure, we can empower each other to learn how to make a difference with our families and local communities in this vast world, ensuring a better future for generations to come."
Featured in Forbes, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star, and nominated as a "Top 20 Destination Travel Blogs" by USA Today, this travel site and its social media channels are recognized by BBC Travel and other well-known travel brands. Patricia and her team of freelance correspondents have successfully partnered with several hotels/resorts, airlines, tourism offices, cruise lines, transportation services, restaurants, PR agencies, travel products, services, and travel associations around the world.
About Desale Mitiku
“I was born in the ancient city of St. Lalibela where you will find 11 rock-hewn churches built from one solid rock in the year 1200 AD. I have been a specialist tour operators for more than 20 years and counting. Since 2002 I have been setting up Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours.
The most successful thing I have done so far is organizing customized trips for people which I always love to do, creating strong relationship with the host community where we operate our tours, and building a great team with attention for details with more focus on our customers.
I love talking about my beautiful country Ethiopia as well as Africa in general. I am now a father of two beautiful girls and am now fast becoming a family vacation expert too.
I always try to contribute as much as I can in developing a responsible tourism in Ethiopia and the rest of the destinations in Africa where we operate our tours. To develop a more sustainable tourism, we closely work with the host community and the government. To bring greater impact in what we do in sustain tourism, I now serve in the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association and I am the sitting president of Skal International Ethiopia. “
Parking is Free.
Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.
Tickets are free, but space is limited and reservations are required.