Ababa City Tour and Excursion book a city tour and day
trip at Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Ababa was established in 1887 by Emperor Menelik II.
Once the population had deforested the mountains surrounding
the highland valley, it was the Eucalyptus tree that
saved the local economy. Over a century later, the city
of 5 million is thriving thanks in part to the Eucalyptus
forests surrounding the valley, but also thanks to the
city's position as Africa's diplomatic capital.
1: Private Car Tour. Let Vast Ethiopia Tours guide
you through the chaotic streets of Addis Ababa from
the comfort of your own car and driver. On the way,
we will stop at museums, Ethiopian Orthodox churches,
Addis Ababa's Merkato (one of Africa's largest open-air
markets). The full-day tour also includes lunch and
juice at one of Addis Ababa's famous juice stands.
2: Local Bus Tour. Vast Ethiopia Tours knows that
many travelers are curious to see how Ethiopians live.
Taking local transportation is one of the best ways
to tap into the local culture and daily life of the
capital's population. Let our guide take you across
the city in a series of mini-bus taxis to visit the
same museums, markets and parks. Enjoy lunch in a local
dive, drink the stringent punch of tej (Ethiopian honey-wine)
and enjoy life in the capital from a completely anonymous
Ababa One-Day Excursions
Mikael Church Day Tour: This half-day excursion
is easily Addis Ababa's most interesting trip into the
neighboring mountains, a visit to to Washa Mikael Church
requires a 1.5 hour hike into the Yeka hills southeast
of the city through the eucalyptus forests surrounding
the capital. Washa Mikael is a rock-hewn church that
local historians have dated to the 4th century. The
basalt-carved structure has since collapsed leaving
mysterious stone remnants of Ethiopia's early Christianity.
The tour includes transportation, fees as well as a
juice and snack after the visit.
Mariam Rock-Hewn Church,
Tiya Stelae & Melka Kuntare: This full day excursion
southwest of Addis Ababa gives visitors the chance to
visit archeological sites as well as the intact rock-hewn
church of Adadi Mariam. At the prehistoric site of Melka
Kuntare, visitors have the chance to ponder the long
history of our species' ancestors while the mysterious
engraved stelae of Tiya date back to the 14th century.
Tour includes transportation, guide and lunch.
Forest Day trip: Dubbed Africa's oldest protected
park (16th century), the Menagesha forest is home to
a wide variety of birds as well as the black-and-white
Colobus monkey and the regal, endemic Menelik Bushbuck.
The most impressive part of the visit is its proximity
to Addis Ababa and the entire lack of people. A day
in Menagesha can provide a much-needed break from the
big city as well as a breath of uncontaminated mountain
air. Tour includes transportation, guide, fees and a
Libanos and the Blue Nile Gorge Day Safari:
Two hours north of Addis Ababa, the 700 meter deep gorge
is home to the medieval monastery of Debre Libanos.
Once the political center of the Ethiopian Orthodox
church, the monastery was destroyed by the invading
Italians in the 20th century. The valley offers ample
opportunities for day-hikes and a trip to the "Portugues
Bridge" spanning a deep gorge and the Gur River
with amazing views. Tour includes transportation, fees,
guide and lunch.
Crater Lake One Day Full day tour: This full-day
excursion takes travelers to the beautiful Wenchi Crater
Lake, located some 150km east of Addis Ababa. Travelers
have the choice of descending the crater by foot or
on horseback. After reaching the lake, visitors take
a small boat to an island where they can visit an Ethiopian
Orthodox church. The tour includes transportation, guide,
fees and lunch.