Addis Ababa Tour

Addis Ababa is more than 100 years old city – it’s established by Empress Taitu who was the wife of Emperor Menelik II. The literal meaning of Addis Ababa is New Flower, and this name is given by Empress Taitu after having impressed by the wildly grown flowers around the Filwoha area. Now Addis Ababa is not only the seat of ECA and other Regional and International organizations, but the capital city of Africa, Addis Ababa is one of the high altitude cities of Africa, which ranges from 2200 – 3200 mts above Sea Level.

Addis Ababa is located at the foothills of Entoto Mountains which has a height of 3,200 meters and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillsides and gullies cut through with fast flowing streams. Entoto Mountain found in the northern part of the city. It’s frequented by many tourists to get the panoramic view of Addis Ababa and to visit the old palace of Menelik II as well as the nearby church of Saint Mary which is as old as the Palace itself as it was built by Menelik II and Empress Tayitu when they moved their capital from Ankober to Entoto.

This big, sprawling and hospitable city still bears the stamp of his exuberant personality. Like any other capital in the world, there is more than enough for anybody to do in Addis. There are numerous restaurants offering various exotic dishes. Addis Ababa is as cosmopolitan as any of the world's great metropolises, and the architecture is as varied as the city itself. Addis Ababa city became such a marvelous and affectionate city gradually in a natural, organic way, and its present appearance reflects this unforced and unstructured evolution.

The population of Addis Ababa is estimated to be 6 million ( according to vital statistics taken in 2005) with an area of 540 sq. kms. It is a major gateway to Ethiopia. While you are in Addis Ababa, we are glad to show you what Addis has to offer to you and your friends.


Trinity Cathedral

A beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture, which is unique to both Ethiopia and Africa and is dedicated to the Holly Trinity. Here you will find scripts of the imperial families, statues done by a Greek sculpture, Stained glass window paintings from the Old and New Testament in the Bible and coffins of Emperor Haile Silassie-I; the founder of the church, and his wife Empress Menen.

Merkato Market
Blue Nile falls

It is one of the largest open-air markets in Africa. Here you will be presented with confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition. You can purchase anything you like here.

Mount Entoto

It is the highest pick in Addis with an altitude of 3,200 meters, which was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik-II and Empress Taitu who founded Addis Ababa in around 1880. Here there is St. Mary church, where Emperor Menelik became crowned as Emperor, and you will admire the panoramic view of the city with its surrounding forests and the breath taking air.

The National Museum

It is the repository of an assortment of archeological and cultural artifacts of the country. Here one can view Lucy (Dinknesh) 3.2 million years old, the most famous hominid skeleton, discovered in 1974 at the place called Hadar.

This was a discovery, helped to propose that Ethiopia is the Cradle of Humankind. palaces.

The Ethnographic Museum
Debre Damo

This is the Museum where you will have the chance to see the traditional artifacts of various types that show the lifestyles of the different Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia. This is located in Addis Ababa University’s main campus and manage by the Institute of Ethiopian studies.

The Natural Museum

This is located in Addis Ababa University’s Arat Kilo campus. Here you will be able to see the wealth of flora and fauna of Ethiopia.

The other museum is the Addis Ababa city Museum. Here one can compare and contrast the ancient and modern Addis Ababa and its ups and downs are depicted at different sections in various and attractive ways.

Apart from these secular museums, there are plenty of museums owned by Ethiopian Tewahido Orthodox Churches. Despite these, while you are in Addis you have the opportunity to see many monuments that have great historical significance, , galleries and other place of interest. Addis Ababa is an eventful city where one should come around and see.