Explore The Capital City
Addis Ababa Travel Guide
Welcome to Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa was founded by Emperor Menelik II, who relocated his capital from Ankober to the Entoto Hills in the early 1880s. Following the unusually cold and wet rainy season of 1886, the royal entourage set up temporary camp at the lower-lying Filwoha Hot Springs, largely at the urge of Queen Taitu, who loved its steamy natural baths and christened the site Addis Ababa (New Flower). By the mid-1890s, the new imperial palace at Addis Ababa comprised a 3km² compound enclosing 50 buildings and housing 8,000 people, while the Saturday market near present-day St George’s Cathedral drew up to 50,000 people. In 1900, lack of firewood in the immediate vicinity of Addis Ababa prompted Menelik II to consider relocating his capital to Addis Alem (New World), a plan that was scrapped when it was discovered that the Entoto Hills provided ideal conditions for the fast-growing eucalyptus tree, an import from Australia. The capital’s development was bolstered by the arrival of the Djibouti railway in 1917 and an associated influx of Armenian and French traders, as well as by the drive for modernization, following the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1930. Addis Ababa was chosen as the base for the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in 1958, and five years later it was made headquarters of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union.
Things to see and Do
Half Day (5hours) City Tour
This tour provides you a chance to catch up the some attraction sites of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia just in 4 hours. The tour will start before noon at 08:30 to 12:30 or after noon at 13:30 to 17:30 hours everyday. Pick up and drop off point can be airport or hotel. In this tour you will see National Museum, St. George Cathedral, the view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto and Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.On this tour you have also a chance to buy local goods such as as traditional clothes and souvenirs.
Full Day (8 hours) City Tour
Leave Addis Ababa’s crazy traffic to your personal chauffeur and learn about Ethiopian culture from your private guide on this door-to-door city tour. A typical itinerary includes two museums—the National Museum of Ethiopia and the Ethnological Museum—two markets, including the enormous Addis Mercato, and cultural sights including Entoto Hill, St. George’s Cathedral, and Tiglachin Memorial. But feel free to adjust to suit your interests.
Where to Stay
Ethiopian Skylight Hotel
Ethiopian skylight hotel is an elegant 5* hotel with 373 spacious guest rooms walking distance from bole international airport book and save up to 15% off.
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Sodere Resort Hotels - Africa Union Branch
Sodere Resort Hotel – Africa Union Branch is a part of Sodere Resort located in Adama and is one of the four hotels associated expected to operate in Addis Ababa. This unique location has easy access to public transportation, local shops, numerous cafes, entertainment and most importantly within walking distance from the newly built Africa Union Center.
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