Welcome to Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the largest city in the country. This royal city was thought to be settled around the 15th century but can date back as far as 100,000 years. Thanks to the discovery of Lucy, there is evidence that humans existed long before the country of Ethiopia. The remarkable display of Lucy’s fossils are on display in Addis Ababa National Museum. The capital city was founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. Considered to be the father of independent Ethiopia, explore the beloved king’s palace. Addis Ababa currently has a population of about 4 million people representing 6 major regions of the country. Having a centralized location makes other surrounding cities accessible. Addis is located roughly in the center of Ethiopia at an elevation of about 2,300 meters or 7,500 feet. This city is recognized as one of the top 5 highest capital cities in the world. With a short distance to the Entoto Mountains, travelers can gaze at the dramatic scenery of the city from an even higher elevation. The official language is Amharic but an experienced English speaking guide will assist in discovering the developing city of Addis Ababa. Enjoy a wide array of authentic Ethiopian cuisine that is locally sourced and fresh. Our comprehensive city tour includes coffee breaks at top quality cafes, the largest open market in Africa, and vast history of the “new flower” city. A half day tour will introduce first time visitors to the city of Eucalyptus trees while immersing in Ethiopia’s diverse tradition of old and new.
I had a one-day stopover in Addis Ababa during a 3.5-week journey through the Middle East and Africa. I wanted a city tour that gave me a good overview — enough to let me know whether I should return for a longer visit. Arada offered an excellent tour with the usual stops but one that differed from the competitors.