Addis Ababa and Central Ethiopia

About Addis Ababa and Central Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and its largest city, with a population of around 3,400,000 people, and also the world's third-highest capital city at 2,355 metres. The city was founded by Ethiopian Emperor Menelik in 1887 around hot springs and its nickname is "new flower" in the Amharic language. The city is a contrast of landscapes, newly built skyscrapers stand on dirt roads whilst global business conferences take place next to traditional street markets. 

Addis Ababa is a bustling melting pot of culture, history, festivals and a budding art scene. The sheer business of the city can be daunting, but a visit here allows you to experience true Ethiopia. Make sure that you explore the city's many restaurants, bars and shops or immerse yourself in Ethiopian culture and discover the many churches and diverse architecture, and visit the Ethnographic museum to learn about the many different cultural groups of Ethiopia.

Before leaving central Ethiopia, we recommend a trip outside the city to the region's hot-springs, discovering the volcanic landscape and abundant birdlife of the Awash National Park or trekking on horseback across the grassy plains spotting various species of antelope. 

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  • Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia where you'll find the legendary Lucy, the oldest and most complete hominid skeleton ever discovered.
  • Try the delicious local food, especially the local staple injera -- a spongy pancake-like bread piled with various meats, vegetables and delicious hot sauces.
  • Head off the beaten track and watch the sun rise from a rocky outcrop atop Yeka Hill
  • Visit the volcanic landscape and abundant birdlife of the Awash National Park


  • Baboons
  • Crocodiles
  • Abundance of birdlife


Dry Season - November to February 

Wet Season - June to September 


In The Know

    Make sure you immerse yourself in the culture of Ethiopia by visiting the many excellent museums and take a journey through Ethiopia's history without even leaving the city. 

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