Ethiopia has 9 national parks. The protective parks are complemented with about 100 other national protective areas with different protective status. The Simien-national park belongs to the world nature heir of UNESCO.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Ethiopia has nine total sites inscribed on the list.
Ethiopia is the land of numerous tourist attractions. It has some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. It is rich in cultural and historical importance, has an amazing diversity of birds and mammals. Top tourist activities include bird and wildlife watching, admire some of Ethiopia's landmark sights such as Axum, Lalibela, the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana (source of the Blue Nile), castles of Gondar, the spectacular Simien Mountains, Awash National Park, and the Great Rift Valley - known for the many lakes and exciting wildlife refuge.