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It is a historical place where Emperor Menelik II resided and built his palace, when he came from Ankober and founded Addis Ababa. It is considered a sacred mountain and has many monasteries. Mount Entoto is also the location of a number of celebrated churches, including Saint Raguel and Saint Mary.

The mountain is densely covered by eucalyptus eucalyptus trees that were imported from Australia during the reign of Menelik II, and mostly planted during Emperor Haile Selassie‘s reign. Thus, it is sometimes referred to as the “lung of Addis Ababa”. The forest on the mountain is an important source of firewood for the city. It was also a source of building material in earlier times.

The Ethiopian Heritage Trust, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, is working actively to change part of the mountain to its old state, a natural park. Entoto Natural Park is the northeastern rim of Addis Abeba, on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Entoto, covering an area of 1,300 hectares. It is situated at an altitude of between 2,600 and 3,100 meters. Its annual average rainfall and temperature are 1200 mm and 14°C, respectively. The northern rim of the park serves as a watershed between the Abay (Blue Nile) and Awash rivers.

The Ethiopian Space Science Society has an observatory on the 3,200 m summit.

  1. National MuseumThere is wide variety of artifacts from some of the earliest pre-human bones (Lucy) right through to some very recent art pieces by important Ethiopian artists. It will be open Monday to Sunday starting from 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM. Entrance Fee 10.00 Birr 
  2. Ethnological Museum 

Short distance from the National Museum of Ethiopia, located within the Addis Ababa university main campus. The museum first introduces some of the major tribes of Ethiopia, goes through the history and importance of coffee in Ethiopian culture. There’s also an impressive collection of Ethiopian Orthodox paintings, triptychs, and Orthodox crosses and the bed room of EmperorHaile Selassie. Entrance Fee: 100Birr

  1. Trinity Cathedral 

The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the most sacred Ethiopian Orthodox church in the city, and one of the most sacred sites of worship in Ethiopia after the churches of Lalibela. Iterance fee – 50 ETB entrance including the museum 

  1. Entoto Hill , Shiro Meda Market

 At 3,200 meters in elevation, Entoto Hill is sort of the roof of Addis Ababa. Menelik II built his palace on the Entoto Hill and used it as his headquarters during the founding of Addis Ababa.

  1. Monument ,Line of Juda, Derge Monument 

Ethiopia, with its ancient history, religious beliefs, and struggles against colonization (Ethiopia was never officially colonized like many surrounding African nations), is full of monuments and sculptures in remembrance. From those one is Derge monument located on Churchill Avenue, that represents the North Korean presence in the country.

  1. Merkato

The big and open air market in Africa. There are so many different sections of the market and you can buy everything from souvenirs to clothes to food. The tour will take 4-6 Hours. The tour can be done with Toyota Van 2017 Model Price 100 USD for one person and 120 USD for two persons all

  1. Entoto Museum

Mount Entoto is the highest peak overlooking the city of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Mount Entoto is part of the Entoto mountain chain, reaching 3,200 meters above sea level. Mount Entoto is the best location to observe the panoramic view of the capital. It is also a historical place where Menelik II resided and built his palace, when he came from Ankober and founded Addis Ababa. It is considered a sacred mountain and holds many monasteries. It is also notable as the location of a number of celebrated churches, including Saint Raguel and Saint Mary (Mariam Church). Entoto Mariam church, which was built by Emperor Menelik in 1982, is situated on the intensive mountain range of ENTOTO. Articles of historical significance that were donated by members of the royal family, foreign diplomats and individuals are well displayed in the Entoto Museum. Architectural design and the inner wall paintings of the church are fascinating.

  1. Africa Union

The AU Conference Center and Office Complex (AUCC) is a building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the headquarters of the African Union and plays host to the biannual AU summits. It also serves as a conference center for African and diaspora businesses. The main building is 99.9 metres (328 feet) tall and it is the tallest building in Addis Ababa. Its cost was US$200 million funded by the Chinese government.

If you’re short on time, this private tour of Addis Ababa provides a quick yet thorough overview of the city’s top attractions. Visit top historical sites, must-see monuments, and everyday locales that together paint a picture of Ethiopia’s capital city. Inclusions like entrance fees plus your choice of private or public transportation make for an easy day of sightseeing.

Trip Info

  • Very easy tour for every one without Age limit or Gender issue
  • Not much trekking (does not need special fitness)
  • Wear scarfs for religious sites and it is advised to follow all the rules
  • Follow instruction of your Escort and local guide for further briefing
  • Be responsible traveler for the environment
  • Safe store for your electronic Gears

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