Ethiopia is starting to orientate itself more and more towards tourism. Many opportunities, besides backpacking or 4×4 tours, are still open to please and attract a new kind of tourist.
To date, cycling has not been fully exploited . The bicycles used by locals are most of the time from the same simple imported brand. The abundant mountain ranges tempt most people to rather just walk, whereas with a good MTB these walking paths turn into awesome cycle trails!
Furthermore, if you face any mechanical problem, it is true that Africans are generally very handy mechanics, so most of your bike problems can be resolved there and then.
Flying your bicycle in is pretty straight forward. Wrap your bike correctly and it will be transported directly from your international flight to a connecting domestic flight. Even your visum can be bought at the domestic terminal.
Mighty in every sense
Craddle of mankind
Our ancient grandparents were all Ethiopians, the first humans were East Africans. They slowly spread around the globe to where you now live. Welcome home again in joining the next Ibex Explore edition!
Ethiopia has been home to many Kingdoms, often far more developed than Europe at the time was. Axum and Gondar have been important capitals in history. We will connect these two historical cities during our race.
Tolerant & Diverse
Ethiopia is home to more than 80 etnic groups and different religions, all peacefully living together.
If you visit one country in Africa, make it Ethiopia since this country can represent almost all regions in Africa. It has the wildlife as found in other game parks. It has all kinds of African habitats found (woodland, desert, mountains, plains, …). It has it owns uniqueness too. Not to forget all the colourful tribes in the south, and so much more.
The Simien Mountains in northern Ethiopia, north east of Gondar, are part of the Ethiopian Highlands. They are a World Heritage Site and include the Semien Mountains National Park. The mountains consist of plateaux separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen (4,550 m); other notable heights include Mounts Bwahit (4,437 m) and Kidis Yared (4,453 m).
Cycling these mountains has only been done very rarely. Ibex Explore incorporates the Bwahit Pass, as it is the highest pass reachable by bicycle (actually pedaling and not carrying) at 4284 meter.