Ethiopia is a remarkable country, unlike any other I've visited in Africa. Of course no two countries are alike, but Ethiopia feels closer to north Africa or the Middle East when compared to its sub-Saharan neighbours - or at least those that I've visited. The people, the culture, the food, the wildlife and the landscape are all resolutely different from anything else I've experienced.
It also couldn't be more different from the classic western perception of a country devastated by famine. Droughts and famine are still a huge problem here, but it is the south and east of the country, the deserts near the borders with Kenya and Somalia, where people suffer. Much of the rest of the country - the majority, in fact - sits on a plateau more than 2,000 metres above sea level, meaning that the climate is pleasant year-round and rain is relatively plentiful in these regions.
Some parts of the country are very well-travelled. The ancient, rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, for example, are firmly on the tourist trail - although that shouldn't put anyone off visiting, as these man-made wonders are quite magnificent, and are all the more special for the fact that they are still functioning places of worship.
But our road trip also took us to seemingly less popular attractions. At Nechisar National Park to the south we were the first people to drive through in over a week. Over several days spent in the Bale Mountains photographing endangered Ethiopian wolves in the Web River Valley and on the Sanetti Plateau, I didn't see another tourist. And for a day, I had the gelada baboons of Muger Gorge all to myself. These are rare luxuries when observing such photogenic mammals in Africa.