Addis Ababa city tours which most tourists experience them include the most important attractions and must-see points of interest in the city. Addis Ababa which was founded in the late 19th century by Menelik II is in the center of Ethiopia, and the perfect place to get started in for the ideal first impression of Ethiopia. It is full of sights and you need more time than what you expect to visit just part of it. Addis Ababa is the economic, cultural and social center of the country. Nearly every Ethiopian National business, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered here.
Sightseeing tours Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is a melting pot of cultures where all ethnic groups can be found. Paragon Ethiopia Tours offers an extensive selection of Addis Ababa sightseeing tours and tours to the top Ethiopia tourist attractions such as but not limited to Ethiopia historical tourist attractions to take 6 days' & 5 nights' Ethiopia historical tour packages or 9 days' & 8 nights' Ethiopia historical tour packages, Ethiopia cultural tourist attractions again to take Ethiopia Omo Valley tour packages, adventure attractions and activities in Ethiopia and more. These sightseeing, points of interest are places where one can see contrasts and great ethnic diversity and also where multiculturalism is easy to see. Addis Ababa is the capital of a dream destination for many travelers. And beyond its striking facades, Addis Ababa is an accessible city with a story to tell and plenty to experience. Addis Ababa is full of colorful and dramatic history. Her African charm unites with the Ethiopian way of life. This city features many opportunities for exploration including museums, zoos, monuments and statues, palaces, and more.
Addis Ababa has built a new state-of-the-art zoo park in Unity Park which is located in Menelik II's Palace in at a close to 4 million US dollars. This zoo is designed in such a way that it presents six selected sample ecosystems from the different Ethiopian ecosystems. One will have a chance to see the six female and 4 male rare black lions which have been moved from the Lion Zoo near Sidist Kilo to this recently opened zoo enclosure in Unity Park. The new zoo enclosure incorporates innovative designs and space where the lions can live in a well protected, open and comfortable landscape. This therefore, is not only going to help conserve the lives of the pride but also generates Ethiopia better foreign currency from the huge increase of tourist numbers. The other most important attractions in Unity Park include green area, historical archives, Menelik II Palace Complex, the Throne House, the Banquet Hall, museums, traditional garden, diverse religious displays, Ethiopian regional states pavilion and historical sites; just to mention a few. IMPORTANT: The Unity Park is closed on Mondays.
Addis Ababa tourist attractions can be explored by private vehicles as they are a bit far apart. The engine room of Addis Ababa are Arat Kilo and Sidist Kilo areas where the most important museums of the country, the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa and the National Museum of Ethiopia are located at.
Addis Ababa is the palace of Africa founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1886 when many visionary ideas were born, and transformed from a small village into a fine metropolis. The last 1900s was boom time for Addis Ababa. It is a new flower that has remained undimmed and which now attracts 1 million visitors a year making Addis Ababa the sixth most visited city in Africa. Addis Ababa offers endless possibilities to spend the evening. The Old Airport area of Addis Ababa is just one of the places full of visitors in a city with 24 hours of entertainment. From Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, it is not far to the famous Addis Ababa Golf Club where you will have an opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking view of the golf course which invite you to relax. You can also play a golf if you are a golf enthusiast.
We also organize day trips from Addis Ababa if you need to get away and explore the surrounding area. Don't worry about your from and to Addis Ababa airport transfers as we can organize it for you.
Nightlife in Addis Ababa
It's no secret that the residents of Addis Ababa like to have a good time. As the sun sets, the city comes alive with groups of friends heading out for dinners and cocktails, or for a fun-filled night of dancing at one of the city's many nightclubs. Weekends are specially bustling, but don't discount the week nights---as long as there's something going on, people will be there.
We hand you first pamphlets for city tours if you have not booked your city tour yet. We can customize our Addis Ababa city tours for you in such a way that they can fit for your Addis Ababa airport layover tours or Addis Ababa airport stopover tours. We can also book your Addis Ababa airport stopover hotels for the best hotel rates.
Half-day Addis Ababa City Tours:
Enjoy our half-day Addis Ababa city tours in which you will have a chance to stop at more than 12 places around the city with our luxury minivans which we provide our clients a truly memorable experience in Addis Ababa. Please do not hesitate to contact us even you have only limited time while you are in Addis Ababa be it for a business trip or to accomplish any other task. We can customize your itinerary in such a way that you can visit the most important sightseeing spots in half-day time.
Full-day Addis Ababa City Tours:
Experience Addis Ababa city in our full-day city sightseeing on these action packed tours that include the most important attractions of the city like the museums, local markets, monuments and statues, and more. In this tour, you can see Addis Ababa City Hall, the largest city hall in Ethiopia. It's also one of the largest municipal buildings in Africa. You have many things to see in the neighborhood all around this city hall. Other interesting attractions nearby include the Addis Ababa St. George Cathedral and Menelik II Square. A full-day's visit has really been a gratifying and spectacular day.
Addis Ababa city shopping tours
There are several shopping opportunities in Addis Ababa with a wide range of stalls and shops around Churchill Road (Churchill Avenue) in the capital. To find the most choice, visitors are inevitably drawn to this area. The entire length of Churchill Road (Churchill Avenue) is lined with everything from local stores selling souvenirs up to designer retailers who stock internationally renowned national brand clothing and goods.
In this tour highlight, we’re counting down our picks for Addis Ababa’s best shopping places. Addis Ababa is one of Africa’s metropolitan cities highlighted by CNN that is known for its amazing shopping opportunities at every level. What makes this city great in every way so appealing from a shopper’s perspective is that it has markets to appeal to all tastes, interests and most importantly budgets. Bole Street and Piazza are perhaps the most famous shopping streets in the entire city and these are where you’ll find all the high-end boutiques, illustrious brands and souvenirs. Those looking for a more-well rounded shopping experience should definitely head to the iconic Piazza, Addis Ababa whose popularity means the streets do tend to get crazy busy but it offers a great mix of boutiques and specialty stores.
Shopping in Addis Ababa presents a selection of different goods to buy. These goods include baskets, jewelries, traditional clothes, magnets, Ethiopian artifacts, books, handicrafts, and more. The city has lots of souvenir shops, something like an antiques shop. It really makes fascinating element your visit where you can buy some of these crafted items you only find out here. Morning Star Mall, Dembel City Center, and Addis Mercato are some of the most beautiful shopping malls in Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa which will charm you with its authentic historical and cultural flair becomes the second city in Africa to be recognized by the global tourism institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade as world's Capital of Culture and Tourism. Addis Ababa---World Capital of Culture and Tourism
Addis Ababa Food Tours
With more than 27 international restaurants serving a variety of Chinese, Indian, and Italian delicacies, along Ethiopian gastronomy there is something to suit every taste here.
From freshly prepared hot and cold dishes to traditional Ethiopian dishes, there is something to cater for all tastes in Addis Ababa.
If ever there was a nation that loves its food, it's Ethiopia. And when you taste the wide variety of national dishes produced around Ethiopia, you can understand why.
Addis Ababa's multi-ethnic population means visitors are assured of a wide variety of Ethiopian and international cuisine. Addis Ababa has literally hundreds of dining outlets.
Festivals and events in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa plays host to many events during the year. Some of Ethiopia's religious festivals and events are warmly celebrated in Addis Ababa. This city also offers a variety of open-air events. Be it festivals like "Timkat", "Ethiopian Epiphany" or traditional Ethiopian folk festivals, year after year Addis Ababa's event highlights draw hundreds of thousands visitors to the streets and squares of the city. Most of the events are free. Please contact us to arrange your Ethiopia religious festival tours or any other Ethiopia tours; be it Ethiopia historical tours, Ethiopia cultural tours or Ethiopia wildlife tours or any other tour in the country.
The 5 best Addis Ababa tours
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Addis Ababa park tours
There are plenty of great historical and natural sites within Addis Ababa boarders. But, the three most recent parks, Entoto Natural Park, Unity Park and Sheger Park can claim as an Addis Ababa best. These are everybody’s top three favorite Addis Ababa state parks.
On the best that Addis Ababa has to offer in lots of different categories. We organize museum tours, monument tours, shopping tours, and park tours among others.
Entoto Natural Park
It’s the biggest state park in Addis Ababa. It was designated to be a natural park on Aug 25, 2020 for one key reason --- to conserve and protect the beauty and scenic majesty of Mt. Entoto and provide recreation opportunities on this mountain.
This park is the new landmark of Addis Ababa. It has many salient features; it reflects the civilization, cultural diversity and unity of this great country, Ethiopia. It is like a narrative of the pride of the Ethiopian nation. It shows the best of Ethiopia to all people across the African continent and across the world at large. It’s a people oriented project. It’s a place for recreation and relaxation. In the second phase of construction, there will be a palace of science and technology, a wedding garden and a children’s park.
Sheger Park is designed to meet the needs of the people. It’s for everyone---children, adults, marrying couples and all sport lovers. Projects like Sheger Park, Unity Park and Entoto Natural Park they will help make Addis Ababa more livable and lovable. This is the green project---the lush trees, blooming flowers, clear waters and green lawns all bring out the natural beauty of the country creating a unique space of harmonious coexistence between human and nature.
Sheger Park is comparable with the best parks or squares in other parts of the world.
MORNING: After breakfast, visit Entoto Natural Park which is set on the northern outskirts of the capital and surrounded by century-old trees but only a few minutes by car from Addis Ababa. You will be greeted by stunning views, rugged landscape and access to where you will enjoy the complete independence and flexibility that this natural park can offer. It's a diverse and rich park. You can take full advantage of this natural park that allows to look over breathtaking panoramas.
AFTERNOON: After lunch drive to Unity Park. If you’re all about history and mystery, step back in time at Unity Park in Addis Ababa and see what life was like in Ethiopia several tens of years back. You will also have a chance to see wild animals and indigenous plants while you are in this stunning park.
Addis Ababa City Museum Tours
City Museum Tours
The National Museum of Ethiopia and the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa are among the top museums in Africa and the most popular in Ethiopia. Paragon Ethiopia Tours can arrange tours offering very different experiences of these important museums. During the high season, up to 3,000 people can visit them each day.
You can consider one of our private tours to avoid crowds inside the museums. They are a bit expensive, but if these museums are important part of your trip or Addis Ababa city tour, they're worth the expense.
Detailed Addis Ababa City Museum Tour Itinerary: After pick up from hotel, drive to the National Museum of Ethiopia to see archaeological, historical, and artistic items. You will visit a pale-ontological exhibit of fossilized evidence of the massive saber-toothed feline Homotherium and the gargantuan savannah pig Notochoerus, Lucy, locally known as Dinknesh whose skeletal remains have been unearthed in Afar Region and the oldest known human remains in the world, is the centerpiece of it at the basement of the museum. In the ground floor, you will see historical exhibits dating from pre-Axumite era artifacts to the royal collections of Haile Selassie I up to 1974.
At the first floor, you will experience Ethiopian art from the 14th century to the contemporary time period, including that of the late Maitre Artist Afewerk Tekle. The second floor will give you a chance to see a collection of traditional weapons, utensils, jewelry, musical instruments, and from ornamental vases through to magnificent gold and silverware of past Ethiopian emperors. There is a secret video dedicated to this museum. This tour is available seven days a week from 09:00 am – 05:00 pm.
Not far from the National Museum of Ethiopia is the Ethnological Museum, displaying the second largest collection of Ethiopian antiquities in Ethiopia. The next drive will take you to this museum which is one of the most important points of interest in Addis Ababa. Guarded by the statue of the Lion of Judah, the Ethological Museum shares a building with the Institute of Ethiopian Studies.This museum is more of cultural museum. In this attraction, you will see the fascinating traditional life cycle of Ethiopian people which is displayed with different artifacts and handicrafts used in childhood, adulthood and death at the first floor. In the second floor, you will visit religious art of different kinds, looms, spinning machines, some examples of jewelry and adornments. There are sections displaying tools and utensils, saddles and bits, and boats and ploughs. This museum also exhibits old currency and postage stamps. This tour is available six days a week, from Monday through Saturday from 09:00 am – 05:00 pm. IMPORTANT: Religious and public holidays might affect this sightseeing spot.
NEW: Emperor Menelik’s palace in Addis Ababa was built 110 years back by Emperor Menelik II who ruled Ethiopia from 1889 till 1913. This palace was fully opened in October 2019 following an investment of 6 million dollar in exquisite new visitor facilities, beautifully restored and refreshed interiors and glorious gardens to explore year round.
Addis Ababa City Monuments and Statues Tours
Addis Ababa City Monuments & Statues Tour
The Black Lion Monument, the Equestrian Statue of Emperor Minilik II, Yekatit 12 Monument, and Tiglachin Monument are the most recognizable icons of Ethiopia and the rest of African nations representing the victory of Ethiopians over the colonial powers who came to Ethiopia to invade it during the scramble for Africa.
These statues are located in Addis Ababa and were dedicated at different times to commemorate those patriots who lost their lives when fighting with the invaders.
Detailed Itinerary: One can visit the Lion of Judah Statue, the Black Lion Monument, the Equestrian Statue of Emperor Minilik II, Yekatit 12 Monument, Tiglachin Monument, and Tewodros Square in these city tours of Addis Ababa. Most of these major tourist attractions in Addis Ababa are located at the heart of the city. These tours will give you a chance to see the city’s most popular monuments and statues in a special way.
After pick up from hotel, drive to Menelik II Square to see the equestrian statue which was established to commemorate Emperor Menelik II who defeated the Italian force at the Battle of Adowa in 1896. Menelik II was the first African leader to defeat a colonial power. This sightseeing spot is available seven days a week. Then drive to the Lion of Judah Statue to see a symbol of Ethiopia’s monarchy and a real black beauty with the stylized fur of the lion made out of black cubes. It was looted in 1935 by the Italians and set up in Rome but was returned in the 1960s. Finally, you will drive to Yekatit 12 Monument which is located near the main campus of Addis Ababa University. Yekatit 12 Monument is a marble obelisk dedicated to the Ethiopians who were massacred by Italian forces after 1937 assassination attempt on Viceroy Graziani shows the horror in bronze. This attraction is available seven days a week.
Addis Ababa City Nature Tours
Addis Ababa City Nature Tour
At Addis Ababa Botanical Garden, we have the public come and enjoy themselves and learn about plants. It is incredible to understand what our natural world gives us. You can walk through the native wildflowers and see huge trees and many other flora species. This botanical garden is the perfect place for recreation and documenting, preserving celebrating the beauty of plants and nature.
8 hours and more.
Detailed Itinerary: Addis Ababa Park, Gulele Botanical Garden, and Mount Entoto are some of the best places of interest one can see in his nature tour of Addis Ababa.
After breakfast, drive to Mount Entoto where Addis Ababa city was started. This place is located at an altitude of between 2,650 and 3,200 meters above sea level. It is covered with dense eucalyptus trees, and you will be filled with the smell of this tree while you are there. After you finish this sightseeing, drive to Gulele Botanical Garden. This botanical garden can be easily visited from the downtown of Addis Ababa city. One can see various species of plants whose survival is threatened here. The vegetation here is broadly categorized into dry evergreen Montane plants. It is one of the few best places in Addis Ababa for relaxation and restful enjoyment. All the attractions mentioned under this tour are available seven days a week.
Addis Ababa City Wildlife Tours
Addis Ababa City Wildlife Tour
The Lion Park in Addis Ababa has hosted genetically unique lions which one can not find them elsewhere in the world. One can have a unique experience in this city tour.
Three hours and more.
Detailed Itinerary: After breakfast, drive from your hotel to the Lion Park which is located near Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square (Sidist Kilo) in Addis Ababa to see lions and lioness in their cage. In this attraction, you will have a chance to see Ethiopian Black lions, apes, tortoises, and other fauna species.
Addis Ababa City Travel Tips:
The best way to visit Addis Ababa is using our sightseeing tour buses which pass by main tourist attractions. Paragon Ethiopia Tours also provides VIP Addis Ababa private tours, all around tours, downtown tours, uptown tours, night tours, and guided walking tours of Addis Ababa city. Our night tours include dinner. Please visit our website to get more travel tips on Addis Ababa.
Group Size: Our group size on all our Addis Ababa city tours is usually between 20 people and 30 people keeping it a nice, friendly and comfortable size.
Feel free to just wonder, so you can rearrange the schedules and itinerary selected here combine them in anyway that suits your personal preference.