I took a 2.5 week excursion-vacation with Arada Tours. All in all, I visited the Castles of Gondar, the historic Monasteries off Lake Tana in Bahir Dar, Trekked up the... read more Semiens Mountains, explored the 11 Rock Churches of Lalibela, and I topped things off with a city tour of Addis. The Arada Tours team was so helpful and accommodating to my needs. Being this was my first time in Africa I had a LOT of questions from what to pack, medical shots, and visa applications. The team was amazing and answered all my questions without issue. I enjoyed how customizable my tour was. I traveled through most of the Northern Region which was quite the journey. I appreciated the willingness to modify the tour to the attractions I had at the top of my list to make the best of my experience. I’m a history buff so I will admit I can spend hours in museums, the team adjusted accordingly and allowed me to explore without feeling rushed. The best part if this trip was the Trek. I have never trekked before, and given I have a host of allergies, I was nervous to say the least. As breathtaking as the views were, the Arada Tours team had everything I needed to make the trek with ease keeping in mind all allergies, and asthmatic concerns I had. If I could offer any advice about visiting Ethiopia, I’d say bring Binoculars, hiking boots, and get ready for the adventure you’ll never forget.
Trekking up the Semien Mountains – the Gelada Monkeys were a sight to see
Hippo Sightings while boating across Lake Tana
Rock Churches Lalibela –
Addis City Tour – the National Museum is the current home of “LUCY”, oldest humanoid species
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.