City tour of Addis

ETT - 901 City tour of Addis/Transit in Addis by car

We offer the city walking or car where you’ll meet the local and visit all the best sightseeing with coffee and lunch breaks on your way, which will lead by a tour guide, as an escort.

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

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

Proceed to the campus of Addis Ababa University to the ethnographical museum, with great displays of the many cultures of Ethiopia, housed in the former palace of Haile Selassie.

Continue with a visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed.

Close to the National Museum is the Selassie (Trinity) church, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa and the final resting place of Haile Selassie, to whom there is a dedicated museum on site.

Before you head to Mercato, you will visit the Red Terror Museum and receive a tour in English from a survivor of the Red Terror. It was a very informative and heart-breaking account of the recent history of Ethiopia.

Finish the day with shopping in Merkato, the local marketplace which is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market.

All the guides are experienced and great storytellers and, more importantly, are fully qualified and experienced in the history of art and the history of Addis Ababa.  Highly recommended!

Our Guides:

“Melat City Tour”: a customizable, private walking tour provided by blogger Melat, a designer and expert on Addis. She helps travelers get acquainted with the layout of the city and the best local spots to make the most out of their stay. Tours are 3 – 6 hours long and customized to suit the interests of the clientele.

“Girls Guide” to Addis has 17 different tours, so you can customize your experience, whether you are looking churches, museums, shopping tours, food tours, or for the classic monuments, we have a great selection for everyone. Shopping with Meseret, Meron, Eliza or Mihret in Addis are some of the favorite tours.

“Solomon and friends” offers daily guided tours, all year. Our tours include The National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, The Natural History Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Merkato, and Red Terror Museum.

The guides are both knowledgeable and entertaining. Tours are held all year round and even include a special Ingera making tour,honey-wine, coffee ceremony (where you will get to see the entire coffee process in front of you, from roasting to enjoying a cup of coffee).

The tours last in one day and cost $80 USD per person. The tours come highly recommended by all good guide books especially Lonely Planet and Bradt.

We are partners of Paris Walks and London Walks Tours.

Note: During the walking tour you can use public transport. (Optional)

Your guide will take you to all of the must-see sites in the city, making sure that you have plenty of opportunities to familiarize yourself with Addis. There isn’t a better way to explore the history and stories that make Addis a highlight of Ethiopia.

Cost starting from $30 USD.

Bonus – Watching hyenas. AFTER 08:00 PM

Ethiopia is hyena heaven. Addis Ababa holds the distinction of being one of the very few, and perhaps the only capital city in the world to have hyenas roaming the streets at night scavenging. During the night, while after 08:00 PM, the hyenas come into the city’s suburbs to scavenge for scraps of meat and animal carcasses that the human carnivores leave behind. Then, just before sunrise, like vampires, they flee to hide in the deep surrounding forests. We take a car to drive up the steep hill just 15 minutes drive from the center of Addis to the uphills of Mt Intoto hill.