Around Addis

ADDIS ABABA

Addis Ababa (New flower) founded by Emperor Menlik in 1886 at the hills of mount Entoto. Addis situated at an altitude of 2400 meters. This big, sprawling, hospitable city and great city still bears the stamp of exuberant feelings to everyone.

Addis Ababa stands at very heart of Ethiopia and is not only the political capital but also the economic and social nerve- centre of Ethiopia. It enjoys a mild climate, with an average temperature of 16 degrees centigrade. Addis Ababa is an important administrative centre not only for Ethiopia but also for the whole of Africa.

Addis is also hosting global, continental and conferences and meetings throughout the year because the headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Africa was established here in 1958 and it is the site of the OAU's secretariat and other multi-national bodies have headquarters here. Addis Ababa is a metropolitan city, which bears the imprints of cultural, historical, religious and natural aspects of the whole nation.

Addis attractions are:

  • Museums
  • Palaces
  • Monuments’
  • Churches and mosques
  • Market (the biggest open market in Africa)

    MELKA QUNTURE

    Melka kuntre is the only open Palio-anthropological site in the country located 60km away from Addis Ababa. The museum displays varies old stone tools which dated over 1.7 million years. Melka Kuntre is located 60 km south of Addis Ababa on the way to Tiya. Stone Age site (between 1.5 and 1.8 Million years old), contains many samples of Stone Age tools of the early Homo sapiens. The collections are results of the excavations of the last decades. The samples are well exhibited in show rooms and there is very good scientific explanation about Stone Age tools in general and the site in particular.

    DEBRE LIBANOS MONSATERY

    After 104 km north of Addis Ababa on the road to the historic route there is a 13th century religious center. Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of the capital. Founded by the monastery's Ichege known as the chief abbot was the second most powerful official after the Patriarch in the church.

    The monastery complex sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of Jama Valley on the drainage system of Blue Nile River. St. Tekle Haymanot, the most valued saint in Ethiopian Orthodox church, which was a critical figure in establishing Ethiopian national identity. He was influential in "restoring" the Solomonic dynasty and revitalizing monasticism, which were central to both religious and cultural life.

    ANKOBER

    Ankober is situated 155km of north east of Addis Ababa off the road from Debre Birhan and one of historical place in the history of Ethiopia in the late 18th and 19th century. It was the seat of the shoa kings during the reigns of King Sahle Sillasie, Hailemelekot and the early years of Menlik II.

  • The palace is situated on a commanding height with a spectacular view of the rift valley up to the Harrergie Mountains. Gelada Baboons (endemic to Ethiopia) are plenty sporting on the cliff edges of Ankober.

    TIYA

    Tiya is best known for its archeological site, which is distinguished by 36 standing stones or stele, "32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords,” marks a large, prehistoric burial complex. Tiya is the most important of some 160 archaeological sites in the Soddo region, 82KM south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.

    This is a site of an ancient Ethiopian civilization that are visible in Tiya are their monuments, including carved stele with strange symbols that have yet been interpreted.

    The most outstanding monuments in Tiya are the standing stones or stele that marks a prehistoric burial complex. The stele are engraved with ancient symbols; most notably swords. Tiya is one of Ethiopia’s World heritage site registered on 1-5 September, 1980.

    ADADI MARIAM CHURCH

    The south most extant rock hewn church in Ethiopia, Adadi Mariam lies along the road to Butajira and it is the only rock hewn church to exist as far south as this region. The church is not as monolithic as the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela but it has a lot of similarities with some of the rock churches in Lalibela and further north in Tigray.

    BLUE NILE GORGE

    The Blue Nile Gorge is situated 225kms north of Addis Ababa. This majestic and massive gorge is the most captivating gorge in Africa. You feel completely hot when you drive down to the gorge. The area has a magnificent, captivating physical feature and natural beauty.

    One of the nicest canyons in Africa and the earth's greatest gorge systems remain mysterious and for the most part unexplored. These geographical regions were unique as they remained, in many cases, undeveloped, natural and cultural gardens, perhaps much like the mystical definition. It is related with Grand Canyon of America.

    DEBRE ZIET CREATOR LAKES

    Debre Ziet 45 km south east of Addis Ababa on the highway to the eastern and southern part of Ethiopia. Debre Ziet (Bishoftu) is found at an altitude of 1950 meters with moderate type of climate. It lies within 7 creator lakes which were formed as a series of volcanic explosions. The lakes are Hora, Bishoftu, Babogaya, Kuriftu and Chelaka Lake. It is the holy place for boating and waterskiing with an experience of many species of birds and plants.