How to spend a day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia is newly emerging and growingcity with big economy of the country, 4th in Africa according to IMF 2015. Established on 1896 by Emperor Menilik II (1889 -1913) shifting from Mount Entoto with selection, advice and help of his wife EmperessTaitu.

Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an attitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains.

After more than 129 Years Addis Ababa becomes a big Metropolitan with more than 4.5 million people, a seat of African Union (previously Organization for Africa Unity, OAU since 1963), UN Economic commission for Africa,1958 and a home for more than 110 Embassies & consulate.

Addis Ababa offers several interesting excursions, which could be insight tours of the country.

  • In the National Museum you’ll find aoriginal skeleton of famous Lucy, (Dinkenesh in Amharic) one of our oldest ancestors and an interesting archaeological exhibition with bones of extinct animals.
  • The beautiful anthropological museum is worth a visit. There is a permanent exhibition of culture and habits of many Ethiopian tribes, arranged “from cradle to grave”; traditional musical instruments, including their sounds, ancient Ethiopian art etc.
  • There are several cathedrals such as Holy Trinity and St.Giorgis, which are famous for their decoration and treasures.
  • For shopping it is best to visit Merkato “the biggest open air market of Africa” where you literally can buy everything.
  • The Eucalyptus trees covered Entoto Mountains which surround Addis Ababa are a beautiful place to finish the day with a walk, enjoying the splendid view on the city and the sunset. This is also the site of Menelik’s former capital. Near the summit is the Octagonal Entoto Maryam Church, which contains mural paintings. The museum in the compound contains a large collection of religious garb, crowns and crosses dating from the Emperor.

Usually a visit to Ethiopia or Addis Ababa ends with a dinner at Ethiopian traditional restaurant such as YOD Abyssinia where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance. The restaurant built and decorated from locally available materials, & decorated with Ethiopian artifacts. A visit to the restaurant is rewarding and value for money.

Written by: Keb Mathews


B.A Tourism Management, (University of Gonder) Tourism Lecturer, Tour Operator &Tour leader
Mobile: + 251 913170579 26696 Code 1000



Skype: kebmathews


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