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LTT 100 HALF DAY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

addisChoose three from the interesting sites of the capital listed below. (Statues, monuments, squares are included enroute any of your choice).  Click Here to book this tour

LTT 101 FULL DAY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

 

  1. National (Archaeological) Museum

The museum contains antiquities and the oldest hominid skeleton (Lucy) of 3.5 million years. Traditional and ceremonial customs, paintings, jewelry, sculptures. It has both the anthropological and archeological relics that date to the ancestral, prehistoric, medieval, and modern history of Ethiopia.  

  1. The Ethnological Museum

Having been emperor Haile Selassie I’S palace up to 1961, it was donated to serve as the national university. Later included the office for the institute of Ethiopian studies. Here you find the Institute’s library and the museum that has the collection of cultural items of almost all ethnics of Ethiopia.

  1. Mount Entoto & St. Mary Museum

Mount Entoto is the best location to observe the panoramic view of the capital. Entoto Mariam Church which was built by emperor Menelik in 1982, is situated on the intensive mountain range of ENTOTO. Articles of historical significance, that were donated by members of the royal family, foreign diplomats and individuals are well displayed in the Entoto Museum. Architectural design and the inner wall paintings of the church are fascinating.

  1.  St.George Cathedral & Museum

The octagonal church was built by Emperor Menelik II in 1896 in commemoration of Ethiopian victory over the Italian invaders at the Battle of Adwa. Paintings by the Maitre Artist Afework Tekle have decorated the interior walls and glass windows of the church and other ecclesiastical, royal and cultural heritages of the past are displayed in vitrines in the cathedral’s small museum within the compound.

  1. Statues, Monuments, Squares and   Mausoleums Statues

Abune Petros’s: him who was the Ethiopian Patriarch and who refused to accept the Italian invasion and assassinated while his arms chained.

Dagmawi Menelik: this statue of Menelik II was erected by his daughter Queen Zewditu. Yearly the Victory of Adua of 1896 is commemorated here.

Monuments: Marty’s Monument located near the Lion’s zoo, his monument commemorates the innocent martyrs of the city massacred by Graziani in 1937.

Victory Monument: situated in Arat-kilo, this is to commemorate the arrival of the Ethiopian patriots back to the city in victory and the Italian evacuation in 1941.

‘Tiglachin’ Monument: It was erected during the military regime to honour the Ethiopian soldiers who defended the country against Somalia and during civil war.

Moa-Anbesa-of the lion of Juddah: that was taken during the invasion and brought back from Italy.

6. Meskal Square: Every September 27, the founding of the True Cross “Meskal” is celebrated here quite colorfully.

7.  Mausoleums: The Baeta Mariam church near the Grand Palace is also called the ‘Menelik Mausoleum’. In it are laid the corps of the royal family: Emperor Menelik II, his wife Empress Taitu Bitul and his daughter Queen Zewditu.

8. The Selassie Cathedral: ‘Selassie’ the trinities is the best Cathedral in Addis. Here also are burried Emperor Haile Selassie I and his wife Empress Menen.

9. Grand market (Mercato): The grand market is the largest open air market in Africa and the most interesting part of the city. Thronging in the market are more than 50,000 people from different parts of the country doing their daily shopping’s of different shapes and size containing rural produce; grains and variety of colorful spices, modern equipment etc… People do exchange their materials in cash and in kind. Mercato was first located by the Italians during World war II.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 102 DEBRE-ZEIT (1 day)

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Debre zeit or Bishoftu is found 45 kms south east of the capital. Surrounded by five crater lakes and beautified by bougainvillea and palm trees, is ideal for bird watching and boat ride.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 103 MELKA KUNTURE AND ADADI MARIAM (1 day)

 

  1. Melka – kunture: 52Kms from AA it is an archeological site near the Awash River. Here fossils dating back to 2 million years and stone tools dating from 1.5-1.8 million years were discovered.
  2. Adadi Mariam: This is believed to have been constructed by King Lalibela, being another rock-hewn church. The church steps are descending to the main entrances. There are numbers of gates, windows and a trench around the church which serves as a drainage .The church differs from that of lalibela in two ways. Its round in shape and it is unfinished probably because the rock from which it is curved is too soft and porous.
  1. Tiya Steles: This particular spot date’s way back to 12th – 15th century A.D. The 36 steles which were probably tomb stones are still standing, 31 of these steles have art-works. The Spear figures on the stones could mean that the people of those days were warriors (heroes). The highest of them measures 5 meters. Tiya is in the list of the world Heritages, recorded by UNESCO. Drive back to Addis for overnight.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 104 GEFERSA – MENAGESHA AND ADDIS ALEM (1 day)

 

  1. Gefersa reservoir is where the dam is constructed on the artificial of the Geferesa River. It hosts a number of visiting and indigenous birds such as pelicans, cormorants, Egyptian geese, wattled Ibis, ducks; egrets’ etc… Next to this comes the Wechecha and Menagesha Forest. Here indigenous juniper trees covers the lower slopes and thins out at the top. Black & white Colobus monkeys, Klipspringer, Menelik’s Bush Buck and the giant almost a century old trees contribute to its natural beauty.
  1. Addis Alem St. Mary Church

In early 19th century King Menelik before becoming the Emperor had found Ankober to be an “Impossible capital” and moved to Addis Alem where a constraction of a palace was undergone. However, due to some imposing reasons, the plan was abandoned. Later on, the palace began to serve as a church. This is Debre Zion St. Mary church where various articles of historical significance are displayed in the museum adjuscent to the church.

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LTT 105 DEBRE LIBANOS MONASTERY, OLD PORTUGUESE BRIDGE (1 day)

 

It is a religious center and monastery which was established in the 13th century by an Ethiopian Saint, Abuna Tekle-Haimanot. There stands an imposing beautiful church with magnificent murals. Tiss ABAY, the Jema River, a TRIBUTARY OF The Nile River and the gorge can be spotted from the view. One can also see the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone-breaker birds, Lammerguyer.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 106 SODERE RESORT + DEBREZEIT LAKES (2days)

 

Sodere is situated 126 Kms south east of Addis. It is a very popular resort area with 2 Olympic size swimming pools. Fed by volcanic hot springs, numerous birds, crocodiles, monkeys can often be seen here.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 107 LAKES LANGANO, SHALA, ABYJATA (2 days)

 

Lake Langano is the resort popular for its water sport facilities and for sailing. Hippopotamus do reside here.

Lake Abyjata provides stunning view of colorful carpets of Birds. Lakes Shala itself, where all Abyjata’s birds Breed and nest has a spectacular untouched natural beauty. The lakes are separated by a small escarpment covered by acacia trees. Gazelles, Ostriches, caracals are seen here. African fish eagle, Abyssinian roller, superb flamingoes, pelicans, Darters, yellow-masked weaver, grey herones, black cranes, plovers, lapwigs etc… are common. Besides, the lakes host migratory seasonal birds. Overnight will be in Langano Lake beach resort or eco-lodges in Langano. Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 108 THE BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (4 days)

 

The main road from Addis to Goba runs through the northern tip of the Bale Mountains National Park and needs a stop at the park headquarters at Dinsho. However, from Goba the old town of the bale Zonal administration, Africa’s highest all-weather road, climbs up to the senetti plateau with its strange and fascinating Afro-alpine vegetation, the road drops suddenly at the Harenna escarpment through a series of ten dizzying hairpin bends as it zigzags down to the Harenna forest. The second highest mountain tullu Deemtu is also on the spot. The Bale Mountains National Park is essentially for trekking. Among the larger and more commonly seen mammals in the Bale Mountains Park are Bush Bucks, Reed Bucks, Klipspringers, Duikers, Warthogs, Golden Jackals, Spotted Hyenas, Several Cats, Abyssinian Hare, Rock Hyraxes, Giant Mol, Rats and the endemic Mountains Nyalas, Menelik’s Bush buck and the Simien Fox. It is also home for the 16 endemic birds of Ethiopia.

Sof Omer Cave: The cave’s name derives from the holyman Sheikh Sof Omer who took refuge in this hide-away, which has become an important Islamic shrine. Sof Omer is one of the world’s  most spectacular and extensive underground systems, with echo chambers, soaring stone pillars and high arched yaults following the river’s course. The Weyb River, which sources from the Bale Mountains National Park, penetrates the cave years round.

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LTT 109 AWASH NATIONAL PARK (3 days)

 

The Awash National Park with an area of 827 sq. km has a large concentration of wild-life, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Greater and lesser kudus, Baboons, Warthog; etc… It harbors 300 species of birds which are so far recorded. The thunderous fall that smokes as it falls over basalt in the gigantic gorge is also a memorable experience. The Awash River bisects the national park as it heads to the boarder of Djibouti. The palm spring of Afar, and the Fentale Volcanic Mountain are what one visits around. Afar and Kereyou nomad people will be also visited.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 110 HARER & DIRE DAWA (4 days)

 

In the eastern part of the country with its famous mosques that are more than 100 in number, the city itself is about a thousand years old and was surrounded by a great wall with five gates. The Amir constructed the walls to protect his people from invading forces. It is a holy city for the Muslim in the sub Saharan regime and ranking fourth in the world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. In the evening the hyena performance is something not to miss.

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LTT 111 LANGANO, SHALA, WONDOGENET, AWASA (4 days)

 

Having spent some time watching species of birds in Lakes Shalla-Abyjata, continue to the small paradise of Wondo Genet where you can enjoy magnificent views from the hotel terrace over the Rift Valley, walk in the forest for another observation of the abundant bird life and the beautiful Colobus monkeys; enjoy the natural hot spring, open-air-shower or swimming pool. Continue then to Awassa town, where different species of aquatic birds and the fish market can be observed around the lake Awassa.Overnights in Langano, Wondogenet and Awassa.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 112 ARBA MINCH, LAKE CHAMO & ABAYA, CHENCHA NETCHSAR NATIONAL PARK (4 days)

 

Arbaminch: The name in Amharic Means “Forty Springs”. It is located in a country with abundant water on a high, cool ridge. One can overlook the two southern rift’s most beautiful lakes, the Chamo and the Abaya.The two lakes are divided by a hilly bridge named as ‘Yegzier Dildiy’ or  “the Bridge of God”. Lake Abaya is the longest and the largest lake of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Lake Chamo is rich in crocodiles, hippos and plenty of birds. The “crocodile market” which is at the shore of the lake, is where we can see numerous Nile crocodiles with lengths until 6 meters.

Netch Sar National Park: is sanctuary of the endemic Swayness Hartbeast and home of many, antelopes, Burcelli’s Zebras, troops of baboons, secretary birds, kori bustards, the endemic NetchSar night jar, pythons, Gazelles and others. Even driving in the ‘NetchSar’ ‘White grass’ is quite attractive, with splendid views.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 113 JIMMA & GAMBELLA (5 days)

 

Jimma is one of Ethiopian main towns. It was originated as the center of an early Oromo monarchy, which was at one time extended for 13,000 sq. km.It, was conveniently situated on the major trade route. The Oromo Monarch’s palace of Abba Jifar at Jiren is now an astonishing architecture acknowledging Jimma. Forget not that this region ‘KAFFA’ is the origin for the world’s daily drink, coffee.

Agaro: The Heart of the coffee country and coffee still grows wild there.

Gambela: The local languages are Nilo-Saharan. The low-lands of grasslands, acacia clumps and swamps that roll away as far as the eye can see are home to two main tribes; the Anuak and the Nuers.The Anuaks are mainly fishers folkdancers and who practice some cultivation of sorghum. They live in the country between Gambella and Itang to the west. The Nuers live in large villages along the Baro river banks. Scarification is practiced as a form of embellishment to both tribs, together with some paintings all over their bodies.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 114 BALE NATIONAL PARK (5 days)

 

  1. Arrival and city tour in Addis Ababa.
  2. Drive to Goba. O/N in hotel.
  3. Drive to sanete plateau & Tullu Deemtu Harenna forest. O/N in hotel in Goba.
  4. Drive from Goba to the amazing cave of Sof Omer. O/N in hotel in Goba.
  5. Drive or fly back to Addis Ababa.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 115 AMBO AND WONCHI CRATER LAKE (2 days)

 

The magnificent landscape, the volcanic hot springs surrounded by lawns and shady trees are enjoyable besides the sparkling mineral water of Ambo.

Wonchi: The crater lake lies southwest between the towns of Ambo and Welliso.The Lake covers an area of 560 hectares. Its scenic beauty with islands and peninsulas, the alpine nature of the surrounding climate is worthseeing, nice falls to be admired. There is small monastery-St. Kirkos church on the island.Click Here to book this tour 

 

Land

accordion1 Ethiopia, as large as France and Spain combined, has an area of 1,235,000 sq. k. About 65% of the land is arable, with 15% cultivated.
 

Climate

accordion2There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.
 

Topography

accordion3Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and center of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopian river is the Blue Nile(or Abbay), Which runs a distance of 1,450 km from the source in Lake Tana, to join the white Nile at Khartoum.
 

Transport

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Roads: there are some 4,100 km of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 km of gravel and dry-weather roads.
Railways: A778 km long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Air: Ethiopia Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips.

 

 

Electric supply

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About 90% of the population earns their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farms. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principle exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof and hides and skinks.
 

Language

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Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken. 

 

Newspaper

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There are several foreign-language newspapers published in Ethiopia including the dayily Ethiopian Herald, printed in English. 

 

Time

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Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours’ time zone, Ethiopia follows the Julian Calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days. 
 

People

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The population is estimated at 55 million, over 50% of who are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 49.
 

Currency

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The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, Made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency (on the appropriate blue colored form) is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may only be changed at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be attained as this will be required by customs on departure, visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian birr to foreign currency at the airport, you must, in addition to the currency declaration from, bring with you all the receipts for exchange transaction. 

 

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