Addis Ababa, a city that is very young as compared to the country which has a history dating back over 3000 years. In Amharic, the Federal language of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa means new flower.
Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is located at 2500m (8,202 ft.) above sea level. Addis Ababa is also the seat of African Union (AU) which was used to be called Organization of African Unity (OAU) since 1960s and many other international organizations and over 100 Embassies. It enjoys an excellent climate all year round; with an average temperature of 160C. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with interesting museums and one of the biggest open-air markets in Africa, known as Mercato. After having a little rest in the morning, you will have a city tour that includes the following:
National Museum: - comprises many archaeological and historical findings including the famous complete hominid fossil remain of `Lucy` locally known as Dinknesh meaning wonderful. Visiting this museum means having a good summary of the northern historic route of Ethiopia.
Ethnographic Museum:- It is founded in the main campus of the Addis Ababa University by the Institute of Ethiopian Studies with the aim to preserve the country's historical and cultural heritages. It has complete collections that describe almost all the tribal groups in Ethiopia. Here you will have an overview about the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia. The collections include the nomadic tribal groups that are now living just as man's forefather lived thousands of years back. Visiting this museum means having a good summary of the southern cultural route of Ethiopia.
Merkato: - It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Here you will be presented with confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air.
You will also visit historical monuments that have great historical significance. Overnight Hotel