To the west, the mountain plateau slopes towards the Sudan. Here are located the fertile regions of the great coffee plantations and the immense rain forests, which are inhabited by the colubus monkeys with their typical black and white coat.
It is still possible to find various species of endemic coffee in these forests. This precious and popular plant grows wild, while the cultivated coffee of the region is known to be one of the best in the world.
Heading west we encounter the archaeological site of Melka Kunture and the Tiya Stele Park, which is probably linked to the cult of the dead (11th century) and is now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Further on, we find the city of Jimma, which was the capital of the Oromo kingdoms for many years and where it is possible to visit the palace of Abba Jafar (1853-1925) and the respective museum.
Towards the border to the Sudan we come to the region of the Gambela and the River Baro. This area is home to various tribes living along the Nile, including the Nuer, who claim to be descended from the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Local legend has it that the progenitor of the Nuer tribe, a boy named Kirh (which in the Nuer language means ‘river’), was rescued by a woman who took him from the river in which he was floating.
Nearby there are other ethnic groups: the Dinka, Shilluk, Murle, Tchai and Anuak.
Our proposal to discover this still unknown region: