CITY TOUR OF ADDIS
tour code - FT - 001
- Full day
- Availability - Any Time
- Addis Ababa
About Addis Ababa
There is plenty to see and do in Addis Ababa, but the journey to the attractions is frequently more interesting than the sights themselves. This is particularly the case should you choose to walk the city and navigate your way to the main museums and buildings yourself. It is a good idea to hire a taxi driver for a daily fee and have him drive you around. Those who do choose to rely on maps and GPS should note that roads frequently change names in Addis Ababa.
You are likely to be offered seats at an alleged 'cultural show' which takes place at a backstreet restaurant or venue. Refuse these offers - they are the opening bid in a classic scam that ends with a thorough fleecing of their tourist victims. If you do wish to see traditional dancing and music simply dine at any decent and reputable restaurant where such attractions are provided free.
As for Addis Ababa's mainstream attractions, don't miss paying Lucy a visit at the National Museum, doing a bit of shopping at the Merkato - one of the largest markets in Africa - and seeing the wonderful cultural artefacts in the Ethnological Museum, and relics of the city's past in the Addis Ababa Museum. It's also worth keeping your eyes open for the numerous concrete Soviet statues and buildings that dot the city.
There is a good tourist information booth off Meskel Square if you need some impartial advice or want a reliable tour guide.
- Botteld water
- Tour Guide / Local Guides / Driver Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Transporation and Fuel
FULL DAYCITY TOUR OF ADDIS
Start the day looking down on Addis Ababa from Entoto Mountain, the capital of Ethiopia before Addis Ababa. Here you will have panoramic views of the city with fresh air from the eucalyptus forests. Here you will visit the Entoto Maryam church and museum. After the visit, proceed down to Addis Ababa via Shiro Meda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes.
Proceed to the campus of Addis Ababa University to the ethnographical museum, with great displays of the many cultures of Ethiopia, housed in the former palace of Haile Selassie. Continue with a visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed.
Close to the National Museum is the Selassie (Trinity) church, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa and the final resting place of Haile Selassie, to whom there is a dedicated museum on site. Finish the day with shopping in merkato, the local marketplace which is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market.