Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world lies between 2300 – 2500 meters. Addis Ababa is not only the political capital but also the economic and social nerve-center of Ethiopia.
Drive north up to Mount Entoto – as one drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in temperature and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Your guide will point out the important landmarks of the city.
The National Archaeological Museum, ranks among the most important sub-Saharan museums in Africa. It houses the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy, the new skeleton of SELAM, lived over 150,000 years before Lucy, the Axumite and Gondarene periods through to the period of the monarchs Tewodros and Menelik II.
Institute of Ethiopian Studies, it was once the Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, here one can see clothing from different regions, along with artifacts, household utensils and in a separate section, paintings reflecting the history and culture of the country.
Trinity Cathedral; the burial place of members of the Imperial families and noted patriots of the war against the Italian invaders; the Cathedral was built in 1941 and it is the largest and the most magnificent of all the churches in the country ornamented with carvings, mosaics and other artistic works.
St. George Cathedral, Paintings by Meatier Artist Afework Tekle and other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritages of the past are displayed.
Mercato, the grand market, where virtually every possible commodity is on sale from livestock to computers, for the visitor good at bargaining, there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts.
NB. Full day / half day city tour can be arranged based on your available time