This special and action-packed walking tour offers a fun and safe way to explore the vibrant city highlights of Addis Ababa. You’ll work up an appetite and have the chance to stop off along the trail for authentic local Ethiopian foods and fresh coffee. Visit museums, markets and learn fascinating facts about the history of Ethiopia’s modern capital with your private guide.
Itinerary for the day
The starting point of our walking tour is Mount Entoto - a historical site with spectacular views of the sprawling city. At Mount Entoto we learn about the Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Taitu who founded Addis Ababa and we take a visit to their palace which remains standing today. From here we walk down to the hot springs (now situated around the old city centre of Piazza) which the Empress would famously visit for healing treatments, particularly during the rainy season. Due to the difficulty of traveling up and down the mountain, Menelik II and Taitu eventually decided to found Addis Ababa around the hot springs. The name Addis Ababa was chosen because of the indigenous flower called Adey Ababa, which pops up every September. (Addis Ababa, means new flower).
Other highlights of the Addis Ababa city tour can include:
- The National Postal Museum, located on Churchill road which holds the national stamp collection, also the one from Menelik II in 1894
- FineFine hot springs
- Taitu Hotel in Piazza
- Tomoca coffee house
- The National Theatre
- La Gare Train Station
- Unity Park
- Trinity Museum
- National Museum
*Tell us which activities would suit your wishes best and we will combine all your favorite spots during this trip!
Covid-19 safety measures during this trip
This trip is recommended by Yared Tour as a covid-19 safe travel experience in Ethiopia. This means that different aspects of the trip have been carefully considered in terms of physical distancing and hygiene standards. Ethiopia is a vast country and the rural areas in particular are sparsely populated.
During this trip you can expect:
- Face masks provided for travellers
- Careful selection of accommodation providers with high hygiene standards
- Driver/guide trained in health and safety, first aid and covid-19 protocols
- Vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing encouraged throughout the trip
- Hand sanitiser provided for travellers and driver/guides
- Temperature checks for travellers upon start of tour
Please read our Covid-19 Measures page for all up-to-date information about covid-19 in Ethiopia.
This price is for two travellers (price per person) based on moderate accommodation, and gets cheaper the more people that join. Feel free to message us via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any special requests you have.
Driver with lots of experience in tourism
Lunch & dinner
All entrances to the mentioned attractions
Government tax and VAT
Water every day
Tips for guides
Extra excursions not mentioned