Travel to Addis: 3 most Common Questions Answered

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Addis Ababa is one of the most popular destinations in Africa. Travelling to Addis Ababa, whether for the first time or as a repeat traveller, needs preparation. Included below are answers to some basic questions to make your visit to Addis less stressful, and enjoyable.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Addis Ababa?

Although you can go to Addis Ababa at any time of the year, it is advisable to travel to Addis from September to January. It is during this season when major Ethiopian festivals and holidays happen. During this time, the weather in Addis is sunny and the city enjoys green landscapes covered with Meskel flowers.

Specific dates for the Ethiopian festivals:
–  Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash): September 11th
–  Meskel (Finding of the True Cross): September 27th
–  Ethiopian Christmas (Genna): January 7th

What are the Best Places to Visit in Addis?

The attractions in Addis are widespread throughout the city. They range from historical and cultural sites to national parks. Below is a list of the top 3 places to visit in Addis.

1. National Museum of Ethiopia
Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia for a systematic four storeys display of Ethiopian history and their way of life. The museum’s basement is dedicated to showcasing archaeological and paleoanthropological exhibits. Amongst these is the famous oldest hominid Lucy, said to be approximately 3.3 million years old. The museum’s first floor contains relics as well as prized possessions of former rulers. The second floor shows Ethiopian art pieces while its third floor showcases the cultural richness of the people of Ethiopia.

The National Museum of Ethiopia

The National Museum of Ethiopia

2. Holy Trinity Cathedral
This copper donned Baroque Revival Architectural landmark is the highest ranking temple in Addis. The Holy Trinity Cathedral also serves as the final resting place of Haile Selassie and his wife. Visit the cathedral and join numerous Ethiopians for mass and there after view the imperial tombs.

3. Mount Entoto
Mount Entoto is the highest peak overlooking the city of Addis. It is said to have an altitude of about 3200 m.  It was in Entoto where Menelik II had set up a capital before he moved to Addis Ababa City. Hike up Mount Entoto and enjoy amazing views of Addis. You can also picnic there and enjoy a cool shade formed by the huge eucalyptus trees that dominate the region.

Where are the Best Places to Stay in Addis?

When it comes to accommodation, Addis Ababa has the best hotels in Ethiopia. Hotels in Addis range from 5 star luxury hotels, guest houses and cheap hotels. Radissson Blu Addis Ababa is one of the popular high end Addis hotels that features a rain-forest spa and fitness centre in addition to its French Brasserie restaurant. It is also in proximity to the Bole International Airport. You can also choose to stay at Eliana Hotel which offers laundry, babysitting and airport transfer services at a fee. Eliana is also a walking distance to Piassa, the geographical centre of Addis.

Eliana Hotel's lounge

Eliana Hotel’s lounge

Things you probably did not know about Addis Ababa:
– Addis Ababa is known as the capital of Africa because it hosts the headquarters of the African Union.
– Initially, Addis Ababa was a military base.
– Lucy, the world’s oldest hominid housed in the Addis Museum, was named after the Beatles’ song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
– The coffee bean is said to have been discovered in Addis where it grew in the wild.
Travel to Addis now to enjoy its rich history and culture as you engage in fun activities such as hiking.

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