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Full Day Tour of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s Capital

Start the day looking down on Addis Ababa from Entoto Mountain. It was the site of the capital of Ethiopia before Addis Ababa. Here you will have panoramic views of the city with fresh air from the eucalyptus forests. We will visit the Entoto Maryam Church and its museum.

Next, we proceed down to Addis Ababa via Shiro Meda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes.

We then proceed to the campus of Addis Ababa University and its Ethnological Museum. The museum has great displays of the many cultures of Ethiopia. The museum, which is in the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, still maintains the emperor’s bedroom and bathroom.

We continue with a visit to the National Museum, where the bones of Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed.

Close to the National Museum is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa. It is the final resting place (but not the first place he was buried) of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife Empress Menen Asfaw, On site, there is a dedicated museum to Selassie.

We finish the day with shopping in the merkato, which is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market. It is full of hard-working people, many in lovely traditional clothing.