Addis Ababa

Overview

Since its establishment in the 19th century, Addis Ababa (አዲስ አበባ) has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world. For the rural masses of Ethiopia, it was, and is, a city whose streets are paved in gold; for a foreign visitor, the gateway of Addis Ababa is on the verge of an ancient and mystical world. And yet, Addis – Africa’s fourth-largest city and diplomatic capital – is also a sprawling city that many foreign visitors try to transit as quickly as possible. But take note: by skipping out on this complex city's contradictions, you risk failing to understand Ethiopia altogether. And apart from anything else, Addis is the best place in the country to sample Ethiopian food and has some beautiful museums and places to stay.

Map

Previous Danakil Depression

Tour details

  • Language English
  • Currency Birr
  • Time Zone GMT+3
  • Drives on the Left
  • Calling code +251