Ethiopia is located in Eastern Africa between the equator and the tropic of Cancer; in a region known as the Horn of Africa. At present, it lies between 3N? 15N latitude and 33E-48E Longitude.
Ethiopia has become a landlocked country since 1991 due to its separation from Eritrea. It is bordered by five countries; on the north and northeast by Eritrea, on the east by Djibouti and Somalia, on the South by Kenya, and on the west and northwest by Sudan. Ethiopia is currently the 10th largest country in Africa that is said to have a surface area of about 1,1006,000km2.
Topographically, Ethiopia is a mountainous country and has a very beautiful landscape. The surface configuration of the country ranges from very high mountains (like the Simien and Bale Mountains) to one of the lowest areas below sea level in Africa the Danakil Depression. The highest peak in Ethiopia is Ras Dashen, which is about 4620m above sea level. While the lowest the Danakil depression is about 120 meters below sea level.
Another major topographic feature in Ethiopia is the central plateau, which is bisected by the Great Rift Valley into North-East and South-West. The Great Rift Valley extends from Mozambique to the Dead sea and the Jordan valley, passing a South-North direction through Ethiopia.