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Entoto Hills


Addis Ababa is the first encounter with Ethiopia for those who arrive by air and holds an unending fascination for the traveler because it is a city of contrasts where barefooted farmers drive their grass ladened donkeys past modern skyscrapers.
Addis Ababa, meaning “New Flower” is located in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and was founded by Emporer Menelik II in 1887. Addis is not only the capital but, has become the economic center of Ethiopia with many international and regional organizations like the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) at the Africa Hall and the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
Addis being the main entry to Ethiopia as well as its center serves as the access to tour all of Ethiopia. For those who have limited time, the surroundings of Addis offer many interesting sites within easy reach. Whether one is a naturalist or a historian, geologist or photographer, there are a wide array of possibilities to satisfy one's particular interest.


Entoto Hills is the area chosen by Emperor Menelik II for his new city in 1887. Its elevated position gives fine views over Addis Ababa. Located within what was once the original encampment is the Entoto Mariam Orthodox Church.

Lovers of bargaining will feel at home in the shopping experience of Mercato the largest in eastern Africa. Everything made in the world is available here from spices of the Orient, textiles of Arabia, baskets, dresses and jewelery of Ethiopia your shopping list will be filled.When shopping remember to do your best to lower the price,do not be discouraged because this is the place the locals say "you can bargain for anything-even a new soul!" It is best to engage a guide when going to the Mercato as you will benefit from their knowlegde and protection.



Museums and Palaces




National Archaeological Museum, home to 3.5 million year old "Lucy" one of the oldest known human remains, Addis Ababa Museum, Trinity Cathedral Church and Africa Hall.


This tour can be either half day or extended with a visit to nearby Debre Zeit. Why not round off the day with a trip to a traditional Ethiopian restaurant including cultural music and dancing.

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