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Standing at around 2,500 metres above sea level, Gondar was Ethiopia’s capital between 1632 and 1855, and it remains one of the country’s richest areas in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.

The Castles of Gondar and palaces of the Royal Enclosure were built in the 16th and 17th centuries by a succession of kings. The city is a centre of religious importance for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and contains 44 churches, as well as monasteries, palaces and other buildings.  

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: yellow-bellied green pigeon, blue-breasted bee-eater, white-collared pigeon, dusky flycatcher, walia ibex
  • Where: Gondar Province, Ethiopia

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Ethiopia: A Unique Wonder

Join award winning environmental photojournalist and conservationist Ben Cherry on a trip through three very unique locations in Ethiopia: the Simien Mountains, Lalibela and Bale Mountain National Park, and discover an entirely different take on African wildlife photography.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Ethiopian Wildlife Extravaganza

This wonderful introduction to Ethiopia takes you to each of the country’s major cultural highlights and provides you with the chance to see superb wildlife, such as gelada baboon, Menelik’s bushbuck, mountain nyala and one of the world’s rarest mammals - the Ethiopian wolf - all in stunning scenery.

  • When to go: Jan-Jul, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea