35 km, 1 hour
is densely forested environment. It is sanctuary for several endemic birds and animals such as the Abyssinan Catbird and Menelik Bushbuck.
55 km, 2 hours
Founded by Menelik II as its capital before he moved back to Addis Ababa, is famous town for the church of Debre Zion St. Marry church. That was according to Minnleki’s plan of replacing Axum Zion church instead The central showan went to Axum north Ethiopia for the festivity of Zion November 30.
Ambo town lies 150 km west of Addis and Ambo mineral water factory, thermal bath give relief in the way to Wenchi mountain or to further west.
137 km, 4 hours
The 560 hectare lake on the summit of Wenchi mountain can be accessed via two directions via Ambo or via Weliso after hiking sport over the 3280 meter altitude. St. Cherkos Monastery on the mountain, hot springs on the rim of caldera are places to visit.
This is equidistant from Addis Ababa on both but the way via Ambo has the advantage of visiting Ambo town (126 km). The first very popular Ambo mineral water is bottled here.
Wellega, Jimma, Nekempte and Kaffa are the principal towns producing coffee wild and in farms. How many of us know the word coffee comes from Kaffa west Ethiopian region known for coffee and a shepherd called kaldi explored coffee leaves as his goat stimulated by it long time ago? Then western world labeled its name coffee Arabica and it become a name for coffee beans of Africa.
Gambella is a border town of Ethiopian closer to Sudan. It is very arid, dry and inhospitable in some cases, the Omo river bridge length and the wildlife diversity of Gambella and the coffee plantations, forests and bird life are spectacular here.
Mostly we have a tour package there after visiting Jimma town. Jimma is a half a day trip from Addis and the birth place of Abajifar. He was a well known father/ ruler of Jimma and loyal to the central kingdom of Shewa. The coffee pot statute, swimming pool and palace and tomb of Abajifar are main attractions in Jimma town. Jake is American promoting the coffee farms in Jimma and a lot to take pictures and help farmers. If you want to volounteer with him meet at www.exploriada.com
* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions
Start city: Addis Ababa
Nearest airport: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Duration: 2 days
Available for: Adults
Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request
This was out first visit to Addis Ababa. The city is very busy but with the great service from Meklit, we were given a great tour of the city.
In particular we asked for a food tour in Addis Ababa e she perfectly guided us into merkato and other many local restaurant!
She also hosted us in her home to make us tried the best injera in all the city!
( her mom's one).
We will never forget!