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(City Tour of Addis and Excursions from Addis)

Day 1: City tour of Addis.

Founded in 1886 by Emp. Menelik II, Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and the seat of the African Union (AU). Addis Ababa is the third highest capital in the world and one of the largest cities in Africa with a population well over 5 million. It is located at 2500 m above sea level at the foot step of the highest peak of Entoto Mountain chain (3200m above sea level), and enjoys an excellent climate all year round; with an average temperature of 160C. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of Jacarandas, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as Merkato.

Any FOUR of the following attractions are considered to be full day city tour of Addis Ababa:-

National Museum:-It comprises of many archaeological and historical findings including the famous complete hominid fossil remain of ‘Lucy’ locally known as ‘Dinknesh’ meaning wonderful. Visiting this museum is having a good summary for your visit to the historic Ethiopia.

It is found in the main campus of the Addis Ababa University by the Institute of Ethiopian Studies with the aim to preserve the country's historical and cultural heritages. It has complete collections that describe almost all the tribal groups in Ethiopia. Here you will have an overview about the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia. The collections include the nomadic tribal groups that are now living just as man's forefather lived thousands of years back.

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.

-It is the largest open-air market 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 in the open air, you can purchase any thing you desire here.

The church of St. George is a very traditionally structured building. Menelik II following his victory over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa built the octagonal church in 1896. St. George the dragon killer was the patron saint of soldiers and it is to him that the church is dedicated. In St. George church, the most interesting thing is the artwork of both modern and traditional church painting.

Mount Entoto:-It is the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, which was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik-II, the founder of Addis Ababa. Here there is St. Mary church, where Emperor Menelik crowned Emperor in it and you will admire the stupendous views of the city with its surrounding plains and volcanic cones together with its breathtaking air.

Lion Park: - This small but captivating park is located a few hundred meters down from the Addis Ababa University Sidest Kilo campus. In this lion cage, you can see graceful caged lions devouring large chunks of meat and where you can take your pictures standing beside them.

Zoological Museum:- The Zoological Natural History museum was established at the then University College of Addis Ababa in 1955. Since then, it has remained the only natural history museum in the country. It is located in the science faculty compound and houses Specimens of more than 1100 species of animals. These specimens were collected by Mr. S. Patrizi during the time of Italian occupation, and staff and students of the Department of Biology and various researchers who worked in Ethiopia in collaboration with the Biology Department.

: Is one of the cottage industries and it is a means of producing house hold utensils from clay mud where it is available. Poetry is normally done by women like other African nations.Here, you can see the whole process of making a poetry, which means, making, drying, and firing to make it strong and durable.

This is the making cultural clothes with different designs in a traditional way.Here you can see while the weavers are weaving and selling the products in the nearby to their weaving place.The main produces are the traditional Shema Clothes like Gabi, Netela, and so on from cotton, which are completely in different style with other industrially, make nylon clothes.The national cloth is also made in the same way.Even if weaving is the activity that can be done in every part of the country, there are people who are specialized for this activity and making cultural clothes with a quality in many different forms. These are Dorze people, one of the Southern nations and Nationalities who are known also by beehive shaped houses that when practically seen looks like more an elephant head.In Addis Ababa, they are leading in supplying the cultural clothes.

Day 2: Excursion to Blue Nile Gorge.

After breakfast, head north of Addis Ababa to passing Sululta Plains. Our first stop will be the Debre Lobanos Monastery. 103 KM. to the north from Addis Ababa, a right hand turn leads to the ancient monastery of Debre Libanos. This is the beginning of the true gorge country for which the central highlands are renowned. Breath-taking views over chasms with a depth of 2,000 ft. or more. The old monastery itself is situated behind the new church to the right high up on the cliff.

The first Abbot of the monastery was one Tekle Haymanot (1260) later canonized. The new church stands beneath a cliff on the edge of the gorge. It has beautiful stained glass windows and before you enter, it is worth noting the mosaic figures on the façade. You can stop and spread a picnic lunch halfway between the turn off and the church. Gregarious gelada baboons peer curiously at the visitor while birds of prey soar overhead.

Further drive north and visit the Blue Nile gorge. The great Blue Nile River flows out of Lake Tana and cascades over the famous Blue Nile Falls (Tis Issat), then winds for about 500 km. through some of the most spectacular gorge country in the world. For centuries the river formed the natural barrier between Shewa and Gojam, but now a modern bridge spans the turbulent water. There are guards on the bridge and photographing is forbidden.

Day 3 :Excursion to Ankober.
Duration: Full-Day

The road to Ankober passes through impressively rugged scenery and after about 130km drive you reach Debre Berhan town where you'll have a coffee break and then drive further a few km, turn on the gravel road and drive zigzagging along several hills scattered all over the cultivated plateau. The gravel road leads to the lofty massive mountain known as Kundi (over 3500 masl) overlooking the Great Rift Valley. From this chilly height covered with eucalyptus forest you may trek down to Ankober Palace Lodge (2870 masl) where you’ll have your lunch enjoying the wonderful scenery.

After lunch before driving back to Addis visiting one of the surrounding churches with its artifacts as well as poetry and music school may give you an insight into the life of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the countryside.

  • Air-conditioner
  • Available every day
  • Budget
  • Church visit
  • Complimentary bottle of water
  • Driver
  • Entry ticket(s) included
  • Family friendly
  • Group Tour
  • Hotel pickup
  • Lunch
  • Museum visit
  • Photo stop
  • Private Tour
  • Round Trip Transfer
  • Shopping possibility


Visa/Passport Info:

  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months beyond intended dates of travel.
  • Tickets or documents for return or onward travel may be required for entry into Ethiopia.
  • Visas can be obtained prior to travel or upon arrival in Ethiopia (only if you are arriving at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa). Fees are payable in small denomination new series bills, USD cash on arrival.We recommend any travelers consult with their local physician or travel clinic in preparation for international travel.Beyond routine and standard vaccinations and precautions, the CDC does recommend additional vaccinations and anti-malaria medication for areas visited in Ethiopia.All tickets and required documentation will be handed over to in country. Pick-up times for transfers and sightseeing are subject to change, advisable locally.New edition US$ bills can be exchanged for local birr at hotels.Some hotels accept credit cards, though processing can be problematic.For convenience, we recommend relying on cash for any local expenses.Tipping is not compulsory. However, if you want to tip because you have received good service you can. Standard hotel check-in and check-out times apply, unless noted otherwise.Baggage on aircraft within Ethiopia is restricted to 25Kg. per person of checked luggage plus a carry-on.At this time we wish to re-emphasize that travel within Africa is an adventure at every moment.The travel agency will endeavor to keep you apprised of any changes and/or alterations to the program due to flight arrival/departure rescheduling or other situations that may occur throughout your travel.Climate:
  • Average Altitude; 2324 m (7625 ft.).
  • The average temperature in Ethiopia is 15.9 °C (61 °F).
  • The range of average monthly temperatures is 3 °C.
  • The warmest average max/ high temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) in March, May.
  • The coolest average min/low temperature is 7°C (45 °F) in January, November & December.
  • Ethiopia receives on average 1089 mm (42.9 in) of precipitation annually or 91 mm (3.6 in) each month.
  • On balance there are 148 days annually on which greater than 0.1 mm (0.004 in) of precipitation (rain, sleet, snow or hail) occurs or 12 days on an average month.
  • The month with the driest weather is November when on balance 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, sleet, hail or snow falls across 2 days.
  • The month with the wettest weather is August when on balance 269 mm (10.6in) of rain, sleet, hail or snow falls across 28 days.
  • Mean relative humidity for an average year is recorded as 60.7% and on a monthly basis it ranges from 49% in February to 82% in July
  • Hours of sunshine range between 2.8 hours per day in July and 9.7 hours day in December

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