Addis Ababa City Tour

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city and the political capital of Africa. Barely more than a century old, the city is home to AU

 
Activities
Walking
Duration
1 days
Price
$65 to 90
 
Destinations
Addis Ababa, Africa, Ethiopia
 
Addis Ababa City Tour

Addis Ababa- the New Flower

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city and the political capital of Africa. Barely more than a century old, the city is home to both the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, playing a strategic role in the continents politics. As a busy international and domestic hub, the city is the gateway to Ethiopia’s geological, religious and historical highlights.

We will have full day sightseeing tour of the capital which includes the Ethnological Museum in the former palace of King Hailesillassie, the National (Archaeological) Museum, the Postal Museum, the superb Holy Trinity Cathedral, the various historical monuments of Addis Ababa; and Merkato_the (if this day happens to be on Monday-Saturday) largest open-air market in Africa. At first sight this market appears full of chaos and impenetrable mass of stalls, items and people. However, a deeper inspection reveals that this market is pretty organized with different sections for different products.

Unity Park
Unity Park opened in 2019, Unity Park is set upon the grounds of the old Grand Imperial Palace. The palace was originally constructed under the reign of Emperor Menelik, and has since been the decision-making seat of Ethiopia: successive occupiers included both Ethiopia’s final emperor Haile Selassie and the Marxist President Mengistu. Closed to the public eye for many years, and once used as a torture chamber, the palace has been renovated and now sits proudly within the indigenous, botanical garden. A symbol of Ethiopia’s growth from poverty, Unity Park represents a change of times in the country, as our local guide will be pleased to explain.

Entoto Park

Entoto Mountain served was the site of Emperor Menelik’s palace and his royal court in the 1800s. Its hilltop location and sweeping views over the capital made it a strategic outpost for the emperor.

However, poor water supply and unfavourable weather conditions during the rainy season forced the king to leave his royal palace, and return to the base of the mountain. The park, located on Mount Entoto, takes up 50 hectares in the forests around Addis Ababa. The park sits at an altitude of 2600 to 3200 metres, and has 10km of roadway for cycling, and 13km for hiking.

Price Includes

  • All transport and listed activities
  • Minibus/coaster bus
  • Tour guide throughout
  • All entrance fees
  • All government tax

Price Excludes

  1. Travel insurance
  2. Visas or vaccinations
  3. Activities not mentioned in the itinerary

What to expect

Addis Ababa
Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is located 2,500m above sea level in the Entoto mountain chain, where it enjoys an excellent year-round climate, with an average temperature of 25°C. It is a vibrant, developing city that is a pleasure to explore on foot, with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa. Depending on the time of your arrival, it may be possible to fit in an afternoon guided tour of the city, taking in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National Museum, and the market.

As the final resting place of much-loved Haile Selassie, Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of the country's most sacred places of worship. Visiting on day one begins to develop an understanding of the intrinsic role that religion plays in an Ethiopians' day to day life.

Next we'll visit the National Museum, home to one of the world's most important palaeontological exhibits in the world; 'Lucy'. Discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia's Afar region, these partial ancestral remains are believed to be 3.2 million years old and significantly changed the scientific understanding of evolution. Finally, this afternoon we'll visit Addis' Ethnological Museum housed in Haile Selassie's former palace. The museum's exhibits are a great introduction to life throughout Ethiopia, with displays set in a chronological order to take you through traditions of childhood, adulthood and death.

Full Day Visit Unity Park
Unity Park
Unity Park opened in 2019, Unity Park is set upon the grounds of the old Grand Imperial Palace. The palace was originally constructed under the reign of Emperor Menelik, and has since been the decision-making seat of Ethiopia: successive occupiers included both Ethiopia's final emperor Haile Selassie and the Marxist President Mengistu. Closed to the public eye for many years, and once used as a torture chamber, the palace has been renovated and now sits proudly within the indigenous, botanical garden. A symbol of Ethiopia's growth from poverty, Unity Park represents a change of times in the country, as our local guide will be pleased to explain.

Full Day Visit Entoto Park
Entoto Park
Entoto Mountain served was the site of Emperor Menelik's palace and his royal court in the 1800s. Its hilltop location and sweeping views over the capital made it a strategic outpost for the emperor.
However, poor water supply and unfavourable weather conditions during the rainy season forced the king to leave his royal palace, and return to the base of the mountain. The park, located on Mount Entoto, takes up 50 hectares in the forests around Addis Ababa. The park sits at an altitude of 2600 to 3200 metres, and has 10km of roadway for cycling, and 13km for hiking.

 

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