Ethiopia is a unique destination in that it combines vast natural, historical, and cultural treasures all within one border. It is the source of the Nile, land of the Queen of Sheba and the Axumite civilization, home of the Ark of the Covenant, the origin of mankind, one of the original centers of plant and animal domestication including coffee and teff, the medieval castles of Gondar, and home to the 8th wonder of the world, the rock hewn churches of Lalibela. It also has an astonishing variety of landscapes, from rugged mountains to the rift valley lakes and their birds, to the Danakil Depression, which contain live lava lakes and geysers. Unsurprisingly then, Ethiopia has the most number of World Heritage sites in Africa (9). Yes, that means Ethiopia has more world heritage sites than Egypt and Tunisia.