Full day city tour of Addis Ababa will include the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, Mercato, Ba’ata Mariam Church, St. George Cathedral and a view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto.
You will start your city tour of Addis Ababa with the National Museum of Ethiopia. This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil Lucy (or Dinkinesh meaning ‘thou art wonderful’- in the language of the Amharic, a hominoid woman of the species Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, proving that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been claimed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to the pre-Axumite civilization in the north of the country.
We continue our tour of Addis Ababa with a visit to the Ethnographic Museum which is found inside Addis Ababa University. This museum is quite different to the National Museum but equally absorbing. The collection exhibits a varied array of artifacts and daily objects related to the ethnic groups living in Ethiopia. After a recuperative lunch, the city tour of Addis Ababa continues with the visit to Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa, where almost every possible commodity one can think of is on sale.
Our visit continues with St. George Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral in Addis Ababa. Finally, we will drive up the hill to Entoto, once Emperor Menelik II’s permanent encampment. Driving up the hill one can sense the considerable gain in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the eucalyptus trees that cover the area. From the top of Entoto, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. After spending some time walking around the hill, we will drive back to the hotel.