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The name “Addis Ababa” in Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia, translates to “New Flower.”Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it stands at an altitude of 2,500 meters, making it one of the world’s highest capital cities.
With an average temperature of 25ºC, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city adorned with jacaranda-lined avenues, intriguing museums, and the sprawling “Merkato,” one of Africa’s largest open-air markets. The city also boasts a diverse array of restaurants, hotels, and discotheques.
A tour of the city can be arranged upon request, tailored to your preferences and energy levels after long-haul flights. Options (listed below) would be discussed with Amlaku Teshome to create a personalized tour.
Situated within Haile Selassie’s former palace, the Ethnological Museum showcases Ethiopia’s cultural and social history. It stands out as one of Africa’s finest museums, providing a comprehensive overview of Ethiopia’s rich heritage, including collections depicting various tribal groups.
This beautiful church, characterized by baroque-style European architecture unique to Ethiopia and Africa, is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Renowned Ethiopians rest in the church grounds, with Emperor Haile Selassie’s tomb located inside the cathedral.
St. Georges Cathedral
Situated in the heart of the city, this cathedral witnessed the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1930. Its museum houses artifacts, clothing, and belongings of former Ethiopian kings, along with historic religious crosses, manuscripts, and paintings.
National Museum of Ethiopia
Home to one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important collections, the National Museum showcases a palaeontological exhibition in the basement, featuring the world-famous Lucy. Discovered in 1974, Lucy’s fossils changed our understanding of human origins. The museum offers insights into Ethiopia’s cultural and historical heritage.
For market enthusiasts, a visit to Addis Merkato is a must. Considered Africa’s largest market, it sprawls across kilometers, offering a diverse array of vendors and surprises at every turn.
Standing at 3,200 meters, Mount Entoto is the highest peak in the Addis Ababa region. Once the site of Menelik II’s palace, it provides breathtaking views of surrounding forests and the capital. Regarded as a sacred mountain, Mount Entoto hosts many monasteries and is covered with eucalyptus trees, often referred to as the “lung of Addis Ababa.”