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Addis Ababa and its surrounding

Located on a well-watered plateau surrounded by hills and mountains, in the geographic center of the country, Addis Ababa is one of the booming and fast-growing capital cities in Africa. Addis Ababa The city which nestled under the Entoto Mountains is the world’s third-highest capital city and has both an African and international feel. Called to be the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa has served as the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) since its inception in 1963.

Public Parks

Called to be the ‘lung of Addis Ababa’ Entoto park is found in the hill of Entoto.
Sheger park is one of the newly developed park which nestled at the center of Addis Ababa.
Situated within the Menilik palace, Unity park is one of the best accomplished park in the city of Addis Ababa.

Historic Church and Mosques

Washa Miakel is one of the oldest and the 5th century AD rock hewn church on the suburb of Addis Ababa.
Located on top of Entoto Hill, Maryam Church is a must see if ever you will be in Addis Ababa.
Arada Giyorgis the closest landmark to the center of Addis Ababa.
Welcome to the largest iconic and oldest mosque of Addis Ababa.

Monuments and Landmarks

Karl square is one of the squares dedicated to non-Ethiopians who has a profound positive impact on Ethiopia.
Tewodros square is a place to see the Replica of the first cannon made in Ethiopia by Emperor Tewodros.
Menelik II Square is located in the heart of Addis Ababa, the area locally known as Arada. At the center of the square stands a magnificent equestrian statue of the Emperor.
This victory monument is located at Queen Elizabeth and Development through Cooperation Avenues at Arat Kilo, and commemorates the victory of the Ethiopians over the Italians in 1941.
The monument to the Lion of Judah is a statue of the Lion of Judah, symbol of Ethiopian Emperors and Ethiopia is located in Addis Ababa.

Museums

This is one of the unique and mesmerizing museum in Addis Ababa.
The ethnographic museum of Addis Ababa gives a wide variety of history of Ethiopia and offers you the chance to see the Lavish lifestyle of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Nightlife

One of the unique experience of visiting Addis Ababa is spending the night in one of the chosen cultural restaurant.

The Ethiopian Jazz is one of soul enriching and captivating experience to be done in Addis Ababa!

Surrounding Addis Ababa

Tiya Stelae Field is a UNESCO inscribed archaeological Site in Southern Ethiopia!
Welcome to one of the government protected forest of Ethiopia since the 15th century AD.
Ankober is an ideal day trip spot for visitors who needs to mix culture and nature.
Bishoftu is the nearest best resort town to Addis Ababa.

Practical Information

Plane

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) is one of the busiest on the continent and sees daily flights to Europe, Asia, and America, as well as African destinations. Turkish Airlines has also daily flights from Istanbul to Addis Ababa. The airport is not far from the city center and is accessible from Ring Road.

 

Train

A brand-new (as of 2017) electric rail line connects Djibouti to Addis Ababa. If you are traveling in this direction, note that the train takes less than 12 hours, whereas driving takes three days. This train leaves from Negad station in Djibouti.

 

Car

With the entry points of Mettema, Moyale, and Belho reaching Addis Ababa is convenient as the roads of each entry pints are connected with the asphalt road. Make sure you rented your own car to travel from each entry points to the capital Addis Ababa.

Streets increasingly have names, but the names are not widely known or mapped; use landmarks to navigate the city.

 

By tram

Addis Ababa's light rail transportation system - the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa - opened in 2015. There are two lines - an east-west line (Green Line) and a north-south line (Blue Line). The Green Line stretches 17.4km from Ayat Village to Torhailoch and passes through Megenagna, Meskel Square, Legehar and Mexico Square. The Blue Line stretches 16.9km from Menelik II Square to Kality, passing through Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square and Gotera and also serving Autobus Tera.

Trams operate frequently 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tickets are exceptionally cheap - costing 2-6 ETB depending on distance travelled - and can be bought at orange-coloured kiosks next to each station.
All signs and pre-recorded announcements are in Amharic and English, so there are no language barriers for the English-speaking traveller.

 

Public Bus and Taxi

Public busses aren't the most efficient way of getting around; instead, most locals use the smaller, faster blue-and-white mini-busses. Fares in these are very moderate and normally fixed. Destinations will often be yelled out by staff on board the minibus at major intersections/hubs.

 

Taxis

It is possible to rent a car in Addis Ababa. For safety and convenience ask the hotel receptions to facilitate.

As Addis Ababa is the hub of the African Union and the seat of many international organizations and embassies, the hotel industry has been dramatically booming for the last decade. Due to this, you can currently find in Addis more than 160 tourist standard hotels.

Sheraton Addis Hotel, Capital Hotel, Ellele International Hotel, Marriott Executive Hotel, Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel, Gatefam Hotel, Hayat Regency, and Ethiopian Skylight Hotel are some of the five star rated hotels in the capital.

Due to the city's size, where you stay depends on what you'd like to do. Generally, the area by the airport and the Kazanchis area has nicer hotels and is quieter than the rest of the city