See amazing Addis Ababa on Private Tour and experience this magical city. Many news reports on the Ethiopia relates primarily to the famine but this country and Addis Ababa has always been known by travellers as the magical gateway to another world. For rural Ethiopians, the City is where the streets are paved with gold, but for tourists, it is usually the portal to experience everything the country of Ethiopia on private tour has to offer.
Addis Ababa is one of the largest cities in Africa and the diplomatic capital, a must see on a custom private tour of Ethiopia. This diverse and complex sprawling city may not seem attractive to some visitors as they just breeze through but don't be too quick to judge, take the time and experience some authentic Ethiopian culture and cuisine; you won't be disappointed.
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Take the Time and Experience Some Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine You Won't Be Disappointed.
Take the time and experience some authentic Ethiopian cuisine you won't be disappointed. From tej (honey wine) to tibs and kitfo the local food is epic, a genuine foodies paradise. Most of the local restaurants take pride in putting on entertainment show's for visitors with traditional dancers and local acts while you taste the delights of Addis Ababa's cuisine.
Check with your Addis Ababa private tour guides for recommendations of eateries and try them out, if you are lucky they will cook some rare traditional dishes, it will surprise and delight you.
Top 10 Things to Do in Addis Ababa
Lion of Judah Monument
The Lion of Judah is known as the Symbol of the Ethiopian Monarchy. Erected in the early 1930's and stolen by the Italians in 1935 take a guided private tour and see this magnificent statue. It was returned to Addis Ababa in all its glory in 1960 after an Eritrean visiting Italy defiantly kneeled before it at the Anniversary Celebrations of the Italian Empire. He was imprisoned as he fatally injured Italian officers and died while in custody.
Housed in Haile Selassie’s former palace, and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the university’s main campus, on a private guided tour see the Ethnological Museum. Without double, the finest Museum in Africa take a custom tour and see the historical and cultural displays in this two story museum. Each floor has dedicated exhibitions so more that one visit is required.
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Take a guided private tour of the Red Terror Museum but prepare yourself for the shocking displays presented there under the Derg regime. Incredibly moving seeing the belongings, names and photos of a portion of the half a million residents killed during the Derg reign will make you stop and think of the devastation and destruction caused during that period in this countries history.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Take a guided private tour and see one of the most important places of worship in Ethiopia. The massive granite tombs where Emperor Selassie and his wife are interred in the Cathedral are amazing. A visit to this Cathedral is a highlight of the many tours available in the city. The magnificent murals and stained glass windows are spectacular and a great photo opportunity.
Awash National Park
This excellent destination for a sightseeing tour is a volcanic national park with a beautiful canyon, hot springs and semidesert wildlife. The famous Awash Waterfalls fall from the cliffs where the Awash River runs through the canyon in the Southern part of the park. The North border of this park is Fentale Volcano which last erupted in 1820 and the Filwoha oasis with stunning hot springs.
Take a guided private tour of the Merkato market and see the biggest market in Africa. From incense to jewellery to traditional food this market has it all. Visit the recycling section, and you can get some shoes made from old tyres or pots made from olive tins, this place is unique, and a must see on your Ethiopian visit. Watch your wallet and be prepared to bargain with the traders its fun but be cautious at the same time.
Bete Maryam Mausoleum
Located just south of Menelik's Palace The Bete Maryam Mausoleum offers an eerie guided private tour to it's visitors. As the guardian opens the metal door to the crypt underground, you will feel a shift in the atmosphere. Four members of the royal family's remains are buried there, and you can ascend down there to see them on this unique private tour.
Entoto Mountain View
Take a guided private tour to Entoto Mountain and visit the most visually spectacular panoramic views in Ethiopia. The trek is sometimes a little daunting, but the result is worth it when you reach the top. With the high winds blowing take care and on a clear day you can see the beautiful city of Addis Ababa with its lush green features.
National Museum of Ethiopia
When on a guided tour of the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa see the contents that are displayed in this museum which is ranked among the most important in the Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the highlights of a tour here is the paleontological exhibition which is home to ‘Lucy’. The discovery of Lucy changed the understanding of human origins forever and there are two casts of Lucy on display.
St Georges Cathedral & Museum
On you sightseeing private tour visit St. Georges Cathedral and Museum and see one of Addis Ababa's most beautiful churches. While the exterior is uniform and grey when you enter the building you will be shocked by the flashes of beautiful colour in the artwork. The ceiling decoration is stunning and picture perfect. Watch out for the museum and see the amazing items on exhibition from Crowns to Crosses this is a must see.
Travel Tips for Addis Ababa
Best Time To Visit Addis Ababa
The best time to book your holiday to Ethiopia and Addis Ababa with private tour is at the dry season between the months of October and June. Arrange all your guided private tours before you leave home to assure reservations and avoid disappointment. Travelling during these months, you will see how green and lush this beautiful country is and the great festivals held during these months but keep warm at night time as the temperature can drop.
Typical Costs in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is generally one of the less expensive African countries. You will likely be charged a "Ferengi" price (foreigner rate) which is at least twice the local price. You can try to negotiate this down, it can be fun, but it will be challenging as most of the traders won't budge but give it a go and try. Restaurants, public transport and hotels are still quite cheap and affordable to every traveller.
Know Before Visiting Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa guided private tours will take you to the most popular areas such as the highlands with elevations of over 7,600 feet. Watch out for shortness of breath and altitude sickness make provisions for this when and where you can. The calendar runs seven years behind so as of January 2015 it is 2007 in Ethiopia (fact!) their calendar runs on a 13 month year.
Weather in Addis Ababa
On your private tour of Addis Ababa be prepared as Ethiopia is in the tropical zone between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. The dry season is from October to June and is the best time to travel around the country. May to September is the rainy season while is doesn’t stop travellers making the journey it makes trekking and touring tough.