Great-inspiring scenery, unique land features, photogenic and approachable birds and mammals, plus some striking ancient buildings make Ethiopia a photographer’s dream. Our Ethiopia Photographic Adventure tour will allow the opportunity to encapsulate these exceptional scenes and earth formation on camera. We also venture north to the fantastic Simien Mountains, where you will photograph large troops of Gelada Baboons and Walia Ibex in this, their final stronghold.
Our Sunside Ethiopia Tours is the base for most of our adventure-minded visitors. Ethiopia is truly home for adventure tours with owing the highest rugged mountains to the lowest point on earth. We also work with local campsites to provide budget holidays and short breaks.
Erta’Ale:- Is a continuously active basaltic shield volcanoes A shield volcano is a type of volcano usually built almost entirely of fluid lava flows. They are named for their large size and low profile, resembling a warrior's shield. This is caused by the highly fluid lava they erupt, which travels farther than lava erupted from more explosive volcanoes. This results in the steady accumulation of broad sheets of lava, building up the shield volcano's distinctive form.) in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, the most active volcano in Ethiopia.
Erta Ale means "smoking mountain" in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as "the gateway to hell". It is situated on 613 metres (2,011 ft) high, with one or sometimes two active lava lakes at the summit which occasionally overflow on the south side of the volcano. It is notable for being the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century (1906). Volcanoes with lava lakes are very rare: there are only five in the world.
Dallol Depression:-Interactions between water and lava at shield volcanoes can cause some eruptions to become hydrovolcanic. These explosive eruptions are drastically different from the usual shield volcanic activity, and are especially prevalent at the waterbound volcanoes of the Hawaiian Isles.
The Hawaiian shield volcanoes and the Galápagos islands are unique in that they are not located near any plate boundaries; instead, the two chains are fed by the movement of oceanic plates over an upwelling of magma known as a hotspot. Over millions of years, the tectonic movement that moves continents also creates long volcanic trails across the seafloor. The Hawaiian and Galápagos shields, and other hotspot shields like them, are both constructed of oceanic island basalt. Their lavas are characterized by high levels of sodium, potassium, and aluminum.
Sof Omar, a tiny Muslim village in Bale, is the site of an amazing complex of natural caves, cut by the Wab River as it found its way from the nearby mountains. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh.
Armed with torches and official map, visitors to Sof Omar make their way underground, far into the bowels of the earth, beside a subterranean stream, and there can see an extraordinary number of arched portals, high eroded ceilings and deep echoing chambers.
Mountain Biking:– with hundreds of miles or trails and a naturally occured routes for the hardiest bikers, the Sunside Ethiopia Tours has some of the best trail and cross country riding to be found in all of Ethiopia.
Road Cycling: – The huge mountains to the west, limestone gorges and vineyards to the east mean that an incredible variety of riding is available on quiet country roads. Tours and radial trips are available reaching as far as the Mediterranean coast and the French Alps.
Rock Climbing:– Few places in the world can compete with the unique cliffs and climate of the country. With plenty of well maintained sport climbing rocks and base jump to the lower land are available through the country’s amazing landscape, Ethiopia is a perfect destination.
Rafting:– Ethiopia is often referred to as the 'water tower' of eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off its high tableland, and a visit to this part of the Rift Valley, studded with lakes, volcanoes and savannah grassland, offers the visitor a true safari experience. The rivers of Ethiopia passes through different gorges, from the Brown Grand Canyon of Ethiopia, the famous 34km Blue Nile Gorge to the Omo river which is suitable for rafting there is much more for adventure rafting in the region than that. Our self guided trips and Materials will allow you to experience the very best that the region has to offer.