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Amazing Day Trips from Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is a gorgeous city that is full of excitement and adventure in Ethiopia and visitors like yourself will find that it holds enough magic and mystery for a lifetime. I have spent many days exploring this majestic destination and have found that there are a couple of amazing day trips that you simply must take when you are in the area.

About me:-)

I’m a solo traveler that likes to explore different cultures. And now for the 3 places that I like the most:

Mount Zuqualla

One of my favorite things to do near Addis Ababa is a hiking, which is why I chose to visit Mount Zuqualla. This mountain is an extinct volcano and that knowledge will make the area even more intriguing to you. The Zuqualla Monastery can be found at the top of this mountain and there is a lake nearby up there as well. I wanted to see as much as I could when I was there, so I tackled the four-hour hike to the top. I do suggest that you do not choose to do this as your very first hike ever because it is a little challenging and you need to be in good shape if you want to reach the lake! Besides the breathtaking views, I managed to capture glimpses of the Colobus monkeys and Menelik bushbuck near the lake and those alone made the trek worthwhile.

Menagesha Forest

To the west of Addis Ababa is the Menagesha Forest and I chose that area for one of my other day trips during my visit. This also required a hike, which I did not mind, because it is my favorite way to explore nature and the great outdoors. Some of the trees within this forest are more than four hundred years old, so please make sure that you take the time to see them in between all the flora that includes heather, giant juniper, and giant lobelia. You will also see the Menelik bushbucks and Guereza monkeys as you are wandering through the forest. I took the time to see the abandoned sawmill before leaving Menagesha and I highly recommend that you stop at the Meta brewery for a pint or two while you sit near the waterfall. It was a fabulous experience that I would love to repeat sooner than later, and I know you will love it just as much!

Blue Nile Gorge

The Blue Nile Gorge is quite a distance from Addis Ababa, but the journey will be worth it when you arrive to see such a magnificent area. This gorge is huge, and it is one of the nicest ones in all of Africa. Most of the Blue Nile Gorge has never been explored, so many mysteries are waiting to be discovered. I was able to get a ride down to the bottom of the gorge and the views along the way were incredible. Two bridges cross the river, but only the newer one is used by vehicles. The other is frequented by the shepherds that wander from side to side. You will find many other things to see and do in Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas, but these three-day trips will get you started on some adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy every minute of your time in this area, as it will only continue to get better.

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Ethiopia: Top 7 Things to do

Ethiopia is arguably one of the hidden gems of Africa which have been attracting a large number of tourists for the last few years. Ethiopia is a country full of unique cultural heritage. Our country is blessed with several historical and natural landmarks out of which seven sites are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other than its rich history, Ethiopia is home to some of the most beautiful rugged mountains, rivers, and lakes. Our incredible country also features several parks and forests which are home to exotic wildlife. Top it off with the beautiful tribal people of our country, the scrumptious food, and the famous home-grown coffee. No matter which part of Ethiopia you are visiting, there is always something in every corner. Our country has so much to offer to its visitors but we are only going to mention top 7 must-do things in Ethiopia:

  1. Simien Mountains National Park

Widely recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Simien Mountains National Park is one the most beautiful tourist destination of Ethiopia. The park is often named as the “Grand Canyon of Africa” due to its deep valleys and plateau. Many treks go towards the park where you cannot only find the surreal landscapes but also several animals including Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf. You can book a guided tour that will take you around the park and will also explain to you about its diverse history.


Photo credits: Leonard Floyd

  1. Lalibela

Lalibela is truly a breathtaking landmark of Ethiopia. Lalibela consists of a unique church complex that includes 11 rock churches which were built in the 12th or 13th century. All the churches are dug into the ground and they have unique architecture like no other in the country. Among all these churches, the Bete Giyorgis Church is by far the most beautiful and popular among visitors. The area around the churches is too remote with no population or any developed streets. Lalibela is also considered as the most important pilgrimage center for the Christians living in Ethiopia.

Lalibela Ethiopia

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  1. Danakil Depression

Danakil Depression is a place like no other on this earth. It is also considered as the hottest place in the world. The area consists of boiling springs, active volcanoes, salted basins, and lava lakes. The area looks spectacular due to its changing color. You cannot think of walking around the area due to its hottest temperature. It is recommended to book a guided tour to Danakil Depression and keep yourself well prepared to avoid any unforeseen circumstances due to extreme heat.

Photo credits: Achilli Family | Journeys

  1. Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the largest city of Ethiopia and is a must-see destination. The city is home to several incredible sites including Museums, cathedrals, and monuments. Besides the tourist destinations, you’ll find delicious Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa. The city also offers some of the best coffee you’ll ever have in your entire life. When in Addis Ababa, you’ll find coffee from nearly every café and restaurant but you must try coffee from a local food chain called ‘Tomoca’. In short, there are plenty of interesting things to do in this amazing city of Ethiopia.

Photo credits: David Stanley

  1. Harar

Harar is a beautiful holy city of Ethiopia which is dating back to around 1500. It is also the oldest Islamic city on the continent. Harar is widely known for its spectacular city walls and historic buildings. It is home to around 100 Islamic mosques. This city is also very famous for its hyenas which come out at night. These animals get friendly with the visitors especially those who feed them. Besides the mosques and hyenas, Harar features several unique museums and scrumptious traditional food.

harar ethiopia

Photo credits: joepyrek

  1. Rift Valley

The Rift Valley is another hottest tourist destination of Ethiopia. The valley is home to several stunning lakes, hot springs, and exotic African wildlife. For all the nature and animal lovers, Rift valley is no less than a paradise. You can stroll around the valley, witness the wildlife and even bathe in the hot springs which are widely known for their therapeutic purposes.

rift valley ethiopia

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  1. Omo Valley

If you want to meet the tribal people of Ethiopia, Omo Valley is a place to go. This valley is home to some of the friendliest indigenous people who are still living their true culture and haven’t been inspired by the modern world. You’ll find more than a dozen tribes of people with painted faces wearing beautiful body ornaments. The valley is also very famous for its African Safaris which you won’t find anywhere else in Ethiopia.

omo valley ethiopia


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