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A  Day Trips Around Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  005/2012
Package Title: Addis and surrounding
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

We can leave our vehicles here and descend either on foot or on horse, or drive down all the way to the crater.  We will have a picnic lunch here and spend some hours walking or horse riding through the forest, visiting the hot springs, and taking a dug-out boat over to the island to visit the church. Mid afternoon we will start our journey back to Addis Ababa.

Addis – Debre Zeit - Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  006
Package Title: Addis and surrounding
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

Debre Zeit (Bishoftu): set at an altitude of 1900m   located at about 47 km south of Addis on the main road, is an easily accessible popular recreation. It is known for its scenic country side, villages and farmlands panoramic views of mount Zequala  to the right and M.t Yerer to the left and  the crater lakes of Debrezeit. The picturesque views of Hora and  Bishoftu Crater Lakes where many Bird species can be seen. 

Addis –Debreziet - Ziquala Monastery- Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  007
Package Title: Addis and surrounding
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

Drive  south from Addis to Mount Zuqualla to visit the  Monastery.   Mountain Ziquala  is the highest peak in the central Rift valley being  2989m –high extinct  volcano , relatively recent in Geological origin rises to more than 600m above  the surrounding country side . The Crater Lake is surrounded by beautiful woods and considered to be sacred place. It is very unique for   birds, plant life and scenery as you make a drive around the Debre Zeit   Crater Lake region. Lunch will be served at Debrezeith  in one of hotel . late in the afternoon drive back to Addis.

Addis – Debreziet -Koka – Sodere – Adama - Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  008
Package Title: Addis and surrounding
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

Drive from Addis to Debreziet to visit the volcanic crater lakes ; and continue driving to Koka dam where one can see  when Awash River is harnessed to provide hydro electric power , the man made Koka Lake  and have an opportunity to  see Hippo pool on the Awash  River  then  move to Sodere resort to enjoy by swimming in the naturally hot spring  spa . En route to Addis visiting the small city of  Adama ( Nazareth) . 

Special for Bird Watchers and Historical

Debre Libanos and the Jimma River Gorge      

Morning drive to Debre Libanos, about 110 km from Addis Ababa , approximately two hours’ drive. Debrelobanos is famed for its 13th century Monasteries  .En route  via Sululta   Plain  , it is  good opportunity for Bird Lovers to see Black-winged plovers, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged geese, Common Cranes and Wheat ears. 

On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the Jimma River gorge.  The Jimma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 meters to the valley below.  Here at the gorge (and in the forest around the church) we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, the Black-headed Forest Oriole, the White-billed Starling, the Red-billed Starling, the White-winged Cliff Chat, the White-backed Black Tit, the White-cheeked Turaco and Hemprich’s Hornbill.  We will also see one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.   (In the gorge we will see a variety of vultures - Lamergeyer’s, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures.) 

Leaving the Gorge we proceed to the church.  After  the church visitors can make the climb to the cave of St. Teklehaimanot.  Near the cave monks may show visitors the remains of some 300 monks, slaughtered in 1936 by the Italian invaders.  Mussolini and the fascist authorities saw the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as one of the key elements of an independent Ethiopian identity, and thought that by carrying out the massacre they would cow the Church and by extension the Ethiopian people into submission.  Rather, this atrocity fed the flames of resistance.

If you continue up the hill from the cave from the top there’s a great view of the surrounding countryside.

At some stage we will take a picnic lunch, either at the Gorge or in the forest near the church.  We will leave Debre Libanos around 4.30 PM, returning to Addis Ababa early evening. 

Tour code: My.T.T  009
Package Title: Addis and surrounding
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

Excursion at Sodere   Natural Hot Springs

Morning drive through the south east road, turning east at Mojo.  We turn off the main road before Nazareth ( Adama)  for the host springs resort of Sodere, which lies along the Awash River.

There is a large naturally heated swimming pool, and a number of smaller pools throughout the grounds of the resort.  Velvet monkeys and baboons are common in the resort, and visitors can see crocodiles basking along the banks of the Awash River.  The forests which fringe the river are also good for birds – there are about 9 or 10 endemics to be seen, including Black Winged Love Bird, White Collared Pigeon, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Cat Bird, Yellow Fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Wax Bill. Lunch will be taken at the resort, and we will set off back to Addis   evening .

Half  and full day city tour and around Addis Abeba excursion 

Tour code: My.T.T  01
Package Title: City tour        
Duration: Half day
Transport: Surface

Half day City tour of Addis   can be arranged on  Morning   or in the Afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel or from any where you are staying, The   tour includes the following major   attractions,   Holy Trinity Cathedral,( Kidist Selassie) church , National Museum ,  Entoto  Mountains for a complete view of Addis Ababa, the neighboring small museum in ST Mary church,  Merkato ( the largest open-air market in Africa ) and monuments.

Addis -Addis Alem - Ambo – Wanchi Crater Lake – Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  03
Package Title: Addis and surrounding 
Duration: Full day
Transport: Surface

Be picked up morning ,  drive west on the new Ambo road en route to Ambo visit Debre- Tsion  Mariam church and the small Museum   at Addis Alem and Gefersa Reservoir with many species of birds and drive across the naturally dense forest of Menagesha Forest.  We will stop for some refreshment in the town of Ambo, from where Ethiopia’s most famous mineral water is drawn, before driving up nearly 1000 meters in 27 km to the rim of the Wonchi crater, where visitors will see one of the most beautiful sites in Ethiopia - green forests, a lake with islands, all within the crater. 

Addis – Awash   Melka Qunture- Adadi Mariam-Tiya   Steles –Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  04
Package Title: City tour 
Duration: Full day
Transport: Surface

Morning after breakfast  you will be picked up from your hotel or from any where you are staying, then    a pleasant drive to  South West of Addis about 50 km via Butajira road on the bank of the upper Awash River to the Paleontological site( Awash  Melka Qunture )the site has also included fossilized animal bones, stone age pebble tools of ancient men (estimated at about 2 million years  back) are exhibited  at  a mini Museum.

Then drive for 23km to the 12th century Rock hewn church  Addadi Mariam; is considered as extension of the Lalibela Rock hewn church the Church is famed for its unique  earth  and rock hewn underground cavern .

Our final stop today is at Tiya, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, where we can see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stellae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia.  These  stellae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers - recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 - 30 and buried in fontal positions.

We will take a picnic lunch, perhaps near the Awash River Gorge, and en route leave for the return journey to Addis Ababa we will explore crater lakes of Debrezeith .  

Full Day City Tour of Addis Sacred Sites in Addis

Tour code: My.T.T  02
Package Title: City tour 
Duration: Full day
Transport: Surface

St.George Cathedral church

St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral) is a particularly popular attraction and is known for its beautiful architecture. It lies at the north end of Churchill Rd. Built in 1896 in the traditional octagonal shape to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa, the Cathedral houses the work of Afewerk  Tekle, the renowned Ethiopian artist responsible for the stained glass windows of the Africa Hall.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, (Kidist Selassie) Church

The highest ranking Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   the cathedral is European in style and features statues of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John on its courtyard walls. The interior has some lovely wall paintings and stained glass windows, all in the distinctive Ethiopian style.

Flags of the various branches of the Imperial Armed forces hang in the nave, and Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife, Empress Menen, are buried in a special chapel in the north transept.

The High Altar is dedicated to Aga-iste Alem Kidist Selassie (Sovereigns of the World, the Holy Trinity), the altar to the right is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the altar on the left to Our Lady Covenant of Mercy (Kidane Meheret).

To the North and south of the Cathedral are two tombs containing the remains of those massacred by the Italians following the attempt on the life of the Fascist Viceroy in 1936.

 St. Mary Church on Mount Entoto

Mount Entoto  is the best location to observe the panoramic view of Addis Ababa, the highest pick in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, Emperor Menelik II is regarded by many as one of the greatest Ethiopians of all time. He was often, simultaneously soldier, politician, king, raconteur and some-time brick-layer. This can be seen at this church (St. Mary) on Entoto Mountain, in which he has taken part in the building work. The great modernizer of Ethiopia Menelik was born on 17 August 1844 in Ankober, the Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu Memorial museum and former palace located in the church’s very compound.

Museums in Addis
The National Museum

This museum exhibits the long history and culture of the country from prehistoric times. The 3.5 million year old skeleton of Dinkinesh(Lucy), the oldest human in the world is also, exhibited in this museum. Other attractions are archaeological findings from the Axumite period starting from 1st B.C. dating back over 2000 years. Ceremonial costumes, battle dresses and artifacts from different parts of the country are also, exhibited.

Ethnographic Museum

This is the museum where you will have the chance to see the traditional artifacts of various types that show the lifestyles of the different Ethiopian major ethnic groups. This is located in Addis Ababa University main campus and run by the Institute of Ethiopian studies.

The Natural History Museum

This is located in Addis Ababa University Arat Kilo campus. Here you will be able to see the wealth of flora and fauna of Ethiopia.

The other museum is the Addis Ababa city museum. Here the old and new Addis Ababa and its ups and downs are depicted at different sections in various and attractive ways.

Apart from these secular museums, there are plenty of museums owned by churches. Despite these, there is a lot to see while you are in Addis – many monuments that have great historical significance, churches, galleries and other place of interest. Addis Ababa is an eventful city where one should get around and see.

 The largest open –air market Merkato

It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Here you will be presented with confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air, you can purchase anything you desire here.

Meyazia 27 Square (Arat Kilo)

The monument at the heart of the Square commemorates the victory over the fascist Italian invaders, and the struggle that preceded it (Meyazia 27 on the Ethiopian Calendar, May 5th on the Gregorian Calendar, is both the day that Addis Ababa was occupied by the Fascists, as well as the day that Emperor Haile Selassie returned to his capital in triumph exactly 5 years later).

Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square (Sidist Kilo)

This Monument erected in the memory of 30,000 Ethiopians who died after the murder attempt on Grazzini’s life on that date in the Ethiopian Calendar year of 1929 (1936 Gregorian Calendar). The massacre took place at the order of the Italian Vice-Roy Marshal Grazziani in response to an assassination attempt against him carried out by two pro-Ethiopia Eritreans. The monument is shown here during a religious procession of priests of the Orthodox Church, probably at Timkat (Epiphany). Wreaths were laid here by the Emperor to commemorate the massacre every year.

Menelik II Square 

In Menelik II Square stands the imposing equestrian statue of Emperor Menelik II, the victor of Adowa. The statue was erected by Emperor Haile  Selassie and dedicated on the day before his coronation in 1930, in memory of his great predecessor. The square is located outside the main gates of St. George Cathedral (Genete Tsige Menagesha Kidus Giorgis), and is close to City Hall.

Abune petros memorials

Abune Petros was one of the four first native Ethiopians who were anointed as bishops by the Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria to serve under the Coptic born Archbishop Abune Kerllos of Ethiopia in 1932. Abune Petros was given the province of Wello as his diocese. In 1936, the Fascist armies of Benito Mussolini occupied much of Ethiopia, and Abune Petros traveled to the northern Shewan district of Menz to join the sons of Ras Kassa, Dejazmatches Wondwossen, Abera and Asfa Wossen Kassa and other resistance leaders to plan an attack on the Italians to drive them out of Addis Ababa. The attack failed in 1937, and the Bishop was captured. Defiantly refusing to submit to Italian rule, he was condemned to death. Shortly before his execution Abune Petros Bishop of Wello, dressed in his clerical robes, held up his hand cross and pronounced his anathema on the people and on the very earth of Ethiopia itself, if they were ever to submit to the invader. He was then shot to death in front of a horrified audience. Emperor Haile Selassie had the statue erected in the memory of this great Bishop upon his restoration to the throne.

The Lion Of Gudah Monument

The Lion of Judah statue has a very interesting history. Erected in 1930 just before Emperor Haile Selassie's coronation, it was looted by the Italian occupiers in 1935 and taken to Rome, where it was erected next to the Vittorio Emanuelle Monument.The golden colored statue of the Lion of Judah in it's complete glory stands on a black granite pedestal which is decorated with relief portraits of Emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie I, and Empress Zewditu, as well as Ras Makonnen. It marks the foot of the city's widest and avenue, Churchill Road which has the impressive Addis Ababa City Hall at its other end.

Tiglachin Monument

This monument commemorates those entire gallant Ethiopians who fell fighting against the invading forces of Somali in 1969 war. At the moment the area is taken to be an Ethio-Cuba Friendship Park.

Tewodros Square

Tewodros Square carries the name of emperor Tewodros II. He reigned in Ethiopia in the 19th century. There is an ancient cannon in the middle of the square that stands there as a monument to this emperor, as he wanted to build an armaments industry in the country. This cannon was made by Europeans in Ethiopia and was called Sebastopol. The original cannon lies somewhere in Ethiopia and this one, a copy of it, is made from bronze.

2days /1 Night from Addis Lake Abiyata –Shalla National Park and Lake Langano

Tour code: My.T.T  0010
Package Title: No & Langano
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: Surface

Day 1:  We set off early down the Rift Valley, passing through Debre Zeit, and by the lakes of Koka and Ziway ,  it is also an opportunity for bird  watchers to see, White Pelicans, African Pygmy Geese , Collared Pratincoles, Lesser and greater Jacanas, African Jacanas, , Fish Eagles, crowned and common cranes are some of the species to be seen here in impressive numbers. Proceed to Lake Langano , at lake  Langano  visitors can go for a swim, walk along the shores of the lake or go bird watching in the forests along the lake shores.  Late in the afternoon drive to visit lake  Shalla and Abiyata National Park. Head first  towards Shalla Lake which with a maximum depth of 300 meters is the deepest of the Rift Valley Lakes.  We can stop at a lookout point over the two lakes before heading down to the lake shore where there are a number of springs so hot that locals boil maize in them.   We then head towards Abiyata Lake, where by this time of day the lakes shores will be pink from the thousands of both lesser and greater Flamingo’s which feed in the shallows.  African Pochard, Avocet, Gull billed Tern and Pintail, Ruff and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen.   

Day 2: We will spend the morning relaxing by the lake shore , take our lunch in the hotel and leave for Addis Ababa mid afternoon, arriving early evening.  

Tour code: My.T.T  0011
Package Title: Wondo Genet        
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: Surface 

Day 1: On the way from Addis Ababa to Wondo Genet through Debrezieth (Bishoftu) you can visit the Rift Valley lakes first you meet Lake Ziway then Abiyata- Shalla which are habitats of bird species. And the national Park of Lake Abiyata –Sahalla.

From Shasmene we turn east for about 13 km for the mountain and spa resort of Wondo Genet - or “place of heaven”. There is a naturally heated swimming pool.  The scenery around the lodge is hilly and Juniper forested.  While most visitors may prefer to relax around the spa, there are some very good walks in the hills, with plenty of bird life - the endemic Yellow-fronted Parrot, the Black-headed Forest Oriole and the Golden-backed Woodpecker can easily be seen, along with the Redwing Starling, Grosbeak Weaver, Mountain Wagtail and Black Roughwing Swallow - and wildlife -  colobus and vervet monkeys, anubis baboon and bushbuck.

Spectacular sunsets can be seen from the terrace outside the bar, with a great view of Lake Hawassa.

Day 2: More relaxation or forest walks.  After taking lunch in the hotel, we return to Addis Ababa.  We will take some rest on the shores of Lake Langano, and arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon. 

Tour code: My.T.T  0012
Package Title: Ambo and Wonchi
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: Surface

Day 1:  Go on a trip west to the tranquility of Mt. Wenchi Crater Lake.

After leaving Addis, our first stop will be a short hike in Mangesha Forest  for a chance to spot some endemic birds and maybe some Menelik bushbucks. 

Later, we’ll reach to Ambo, a quiet town with fine 1930’s Italian architecture.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll take a short ride to the Guder Falls, where we can swim, relax and watch the many birds.

When returning to Ambo, you can take a dip in the thermal mineral water pool.

The Ambo Spring is famous in Ethiopia; the mineral-water bottled here is the most popular Soda Water in the country.

Overnight  in Ambo. 

Day 2 : On the second day, after breakfast, we’ll depart towards the beautiful Mt. Wonchi. Wonchi, an inactive volcano, collapsed at its top, creating the marvelous Lake Wonchi.

On the lake, there are a few islands which inhabit local villages, hot-springs and even a church.

We’ll take a boat ride in the lake to see the monastery and the hot-springs.

After leaving Mt. Wenchi we’ll head back to Addis Ababa.

3 Days / 2 Nights Abighata Shalla, Langano, Awassa and Wendogenet 

Day 01:- Drive from Addis Ababa to Lake Langano. On the way, visit the first Rift Valley Lake Ziway, 160 km from Addis, very rich in bird life. Proceed to Lake Langano; lunch at Langano. P.M., enjoy swimming and scenic walks. 

Overnight at Bekele Molla or Wabishebele Hotel.

Day 02:-After breakfast, visit the Abijata-Shalla Lakes National Park which shelters a great number of aquatic birds. Then, precede “Wendogenet” meaning “the small paradise”, the area is very green and famous for its natural hot springs. After lunch, continue driving to Lake Awassa for an overnight stay. Time to enjoy the beautiful lake outside your hotel.

Day 03:- After breakfast, visit the Fish Market and drive back to Addis Ababa. Lunch on the  way.

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