City tour of Addis/Transit

ETT - 0901 City tour of Addis/Transit in Addis by car

$30 USD including round trip airport transfer.  (Transit passengers we do have contact office inside the international terminal)

We offer the city walking or car with driver/guide 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.


ETT0902 DAY TRIP FROM ADDIS ABABA - Shala/abyata National Park

Shala/Abyata Day trip - $100 USD  

The trail to Lake Shala is now the main trail through the national park. It turns right off the main road at 215 km. directly opposite the turning to Bekele Mola. You drive in and follow your nose and the reasonably good track which leads first to a spectacular lookout point with a view over densely forested country and both Abyata and Shala. From here you descend the small escarpment and enter the acacia woodland which clothes the shoulder running between the two lakes. Birdlife is profuse: the bright yellow Masked Weaver, the red-rumped Buffalo Weaver, Red-billed Hornbill, African Fish Eagle, Didric’s Cuckoo, Abyssinian Roller, Superb Starling; the woods teem with flashes of brilliant color and resound with birdsong. The track emerges at the lake shore of Shala where again a vast profusion of ducks, geese, coots, waders, shorebirds of every kind mingle with flamingo and pelican at the ware’s edge. It is possible now to make the tour of the lake (Shala) which is one of the more spectacular; on the north side a tumbling cascade sixty metres high, rushes from the rocky hillside down to the wide bay. Tilapia reaches a fair size and can be cooked over the camp fire at one of the beautiful camping sites along the lake. You will enjoy this lake less for its swimming the water has a peculiar alkaline flavor – than for its atmosphere of untouched natural beauty and its splendid variety of shoreline and colour, and its prolific birdlife.