Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is situated in the geographic center of the nation and is encircled by the regional state of Oromia. It is the biggest city in the nation and has a major symbolic, political, and economic significance for Ethiopia.

In its first years the city was more like a military encampment than a town. The central focus was the emperor’s palace, which was surrounded by the dwellings of his troops and of his innumerable retainers. As the population increased, firewood became scarce. In 1905 a large number of eucalyptus trees were imported from Australia; the trees spread and provided a forest cover for the city.

Addis Ababa is the educational and administrative centre of Ethiopia. It is the site of Addis Ababa University (1950) and contains several teacher-training colleges and technical schools. Also located in the city are the Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies and the Yared School of Music, both of which are operated by the university; the National Library and Archives; palaces of former emperors; and government ministries. Several international organizations have their headquarters in the city, notably the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the latter of which is located in Africa Hall.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 1 hours before the flight.
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional instructor
Ski equipment
Instructor gratuity

1 day Addis Ababa city tour


Day 1: Morning

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 ShiroMeda, the citys 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.


Day 1: Afternoon

Continue with a visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopias 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 Africas largest open-air market.

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