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Did you know that more tourist (410,000 of them) visit Eritrea each year than all of Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and djibouti combined?? (SOURCE: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/eco_tou_arr-economy-tourist-arrivals ).

Eritrea’s Wildlife habitats: Eritrea is home to a RARE mix of inter-bred Indian and African elephants that mixed when the British invaded modern day Eritrea in 1878 with thousands of Indian elephants on a rescue mission of British hostages.(SOURCE: http://www.mcp.com.au/sinus/newsletters/newsletter-11/newsletter-11.html ) In addition to having a rare breed of Elephants, Eritrea is home to lions, greater kudu and Tora hartebeest, vervet monkey, olive baboon, pale or sand fox, common jackal, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, genet, African wild cat, warthog, Soemmering’s gazelle, Abyssinian hare and ground squirrel in Gash-Setit Area (Gash Barka Zone); Soemmering’s gazelle, baboons, dik-dik, Dorcas gazelle, wild , ostrich and other small mammals in Buri Peninsula & the Gheralo-Tio-Badda Triangle; Leopard, bush buck, klipspringer, greater kudu, duiker and warthog in Semenawi & Debubawi Bahri (‘Green Belt’); Gazelle in Dissei and Dahlak Kebir, oryx, dugong and green turtle Coastal & Marine Area.

Eritrea’s Capital city of Asmara: Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, bordering the Red Sea, is referred by many expert travelers as the beautifulest city in Africa and is also home to one of the most important and exciting architectural ‘discoveries’ of recent years. Built almost entirely in the 1930s and early 40’s by Italian and Eritrean workers, Asmara has one of the highest concentrations of modernist architecture anywhere in the world, and has evocatively been described as “the Miami of Africa.” Desperate to build quickly, the colonial government of the time allowed radical architectural experimentation that would not have found favour in the more conservative European environment. Asmara therefore became one of the world’s prime locations for architectural innovation during the Modern Movement. That this occurred at all is remarkable enough, but that these buildings should have survived in such numbers today makes it one of the finest modernist cities in the World.

Eritrea’s unique natural features: i. Danakil Depression, 100 metres below sea level with temperatures over 50° Centigrade. ii.The Great Valley Rift, runs through Eritrea. iii.Hot Springs in many locations such as Akwaar, Mai Wui, Gahtelai and Arafayle. iv.The Escarpment providing spectacular views from the highland plateau to the coastal plains. v. Dahlak Archipelago off the Red Sea coast with over 350 islands and unexplored undersea wonders.

Eritrea’s Marine life: Coral: Healthy coral reefs around 350 islands off the Red Sea coast including the Dahlak Archipelago. Flat reef gardens and cliffs that slope down to the depths of the ocean floor. Varieties ranging from large mounds of brain coral (Porites) to branching Acropora; Varieties of fish: Angelfish – blue and yellow Arabian, the yellowbar and the striped emperor. Butterfly fish – the orangeface, and the brilliant yellow-masked variety with a black face patch, the endemic bannerfish with its elongated dorsal fin. Wrass – brilliant blue-green, blue-striped and other colourful varieties. Parrotfish, groupers, damselfish, animonefish, dascyllus, scissortail sergeant, blue and orange sunrise dotty back, small pipefish, red squirrelfish and cube-like box fish. Larger fish – jacks, snappers, emperors, sweetlips and barracudas. Varieties of crabs under small coral, black, white or red sea cucumbers and snails on the sandy floor beside jellyfish are common.

Eritrea’s Beaches: Wide sandy beaches and calm seas along the Red Sea coast include Gugusum, Buri Peninsula, Zula Bay, Mersa Gulbub, Mersa Ibrahim and Ras Kuba. Dahlak Archipelago with over 350 islands, Dissei island and ab Bay islands also offer sandy beaches and ample opportunities for underwater exploration.

Eritrea’s Bird life: varieties of francolins, sunbird, shrikes, canaries, turacou, serins, starling, green pigeon, oriole, barbet, robin boubou and babblers in Semenawi Bahri; love-birds, wood dove, coucal, warblers, prinia, cisticola, woodpeckers, cameroptera, crombeck, varieties of parrots, warblers, tit and hornbill in Solomuna; coucal, Abyssinian rollers, scimitarbill, flocks of starling, buffalo weavers, varieties of grouse and wagtail in the scrubland and Red Sea coast; stork, herons, crab plovers, larks, sparrow hawk, little green bee-eaters, golden sparrow, speckle-fronted weavers, chatterers and kingfisher in Massawa and environs; francolin, massive thick-billed raven, varieties of pigeon, hornbill, wheaters, turtle dove, wagtail and seed-eaters from Massawa to Asmara.

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  1. kocho123

    if we are all the …
    if we are all the same and we are all brothers and sisters…why would the ethiopians slaughter us mercilessly….rape our women…burn our cities….and try to exterminate our culture? who treats their brothers and sisters like that? Only by considering eritreans to be less than ethiopians could they do that….!

  2. Utka9

    yes, it is such a …
    yes, it is such a wonderful place, people are so warm- a magic place. will go back again whenever I can-

  3. LijamGerrie

    “By logic, the …
    “By logic, the Nation of Eritrea should not exist. The secessionist province’s independence fighters ought never to have defeated Ethiopia in their 30-year-long struggle. They were outmanned, outgunned, abandoned or betrayed by every ally; their cause was hopeless. They won by force of character, a unity and determination so steely not all the modern armaments, super power support or economic superiority of Ethiopia could withstand it, building Eritrea, from scratch.

    Time Megazine

  4. eritreantigaraly

    how is that a good …
    how is that a good thing?

    is there a problem with being fully black??

    Nara and Kunama, have barely any arab genes..

    and they are proud eritreans!

  5. ballbreaker1900

    most arabs are …
    most arabs are white so i guess that soes mean u have white blood! but thats a good thing !

  6. goodawood

    Salaam,
    It was …

    Salaam,
    It was wonderful to Eritrea again by video.
    I lived in Asmara from 1971 until 1974 and
    went to Massawa many times.
    Thank you ahtah.
    Dan

  7. sunemawit

    I dont know who you …
    I dont know who you refering to, Ethiopia or Eritrea. But I dont think neither of us look half white. Black race have a diverse look, everyone with its own history.

  8. ballbreaker1900

    people from your …
    people from your country look half white, i guess you guys have a lot of white blood mixed in

  9. wisrat

    just because people …
    just because people know about ethiopia doesnt mean its good. thats a bad reason. give me a reason why i should visit ethiopia and i will, but i know for a fact that et is not cleaner than eritrea. i hear all the time that ethiopia is filthy

  10. ethioeritrean1

    both ethiopian and …
    both ethiopian and eritrean. eritrea is beautiful i have been wishing i can go there. i enjoyed ethiopia when i went there. my family is planning to go very soon, i am excited. watch my one video.

  11. sunemawit

    If you open your …
    If you open your eyes, you will realize nothing is that bad. I wish you all the best luck to your country Eritria and to all Africa and to the world. God is big enough to grant us his blessings to all of us.

  12. sunemawit

    I come to this …
    I come to this place to learn about Eritrea. I’m from Ethiopia, I think Eritria is a great country with zelous people. But I have to ask you, Why do you gotta make that kind of comment about Ethipia? Not only it is disrepectful, but a lie. It doesnot help the situation. If you want to be respected you need to learn to respect other nation and people.

  13. HIHYMAIB

    Where in your …
    Where in your dreams?
    Go to Ethio and every child every man will asking you for money , money , please give me money , please and if you dont give , they will take it , no problem , the air in ethio is dirty , very dirty

  14. A5Unit

    people do not visit …
    people do not visit eritrea more than ethiopia. ethiopia is like the most popular place for tourists in east africa besides kenya.

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  16. savannahblk

    please accept me as …
    please accept me as a visitor and future native; u never ever see this about africa. would never come back to the us aka devilshitca. lovely food; women; atomsphere, what more can u ask for. PLEASE STOP FIGHTING ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA; PLEASE STOP.

  17. moulhoule

    Ethiopians and …
    Ethiopians and Eritreans always fighting. Even through their comments…
    The Horn of Africa region suffered too much, it’s time to change.
    Follow the example of Djibouti, the only country in the region that have never been in conflict with it’s neighbours, that fact makes it the most stable state, the highest standard of living, strongest currency, highest GDP/capita ect… Our economies would be better if we talk about regional integration and cooperation. It’s time for Africans to wake up!

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