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Historic three-floor museum featuring early human fossils, including the renowned Lucy exhibit, Ethiopian culture, and modern art, set in a 1960s structure with garden displays.
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Eight-day exploration of the Omo Valley's vibrant markets and diverse tribal cultures, complete with scenic hikes and wildlife spotting, including indigenous monkeys.
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  • Pheroze J
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend you visit the market with a guide because it is a very dynamic and busy place. I connected with Yared through Trip Advisor. We had a lengthy layover in Addis and I wanted to see the city. He picked up two of us in their car. I believe his driver, and childhood friend, is Isaias. They are both extremely nice. Yared's love for his country and people gushes out of him. We had to significantly modify our tour plans due to a health issue, and the market was too challenging for us. I feel that Yared made a difference for us when he adapted to the challenges we had. I am very glad we did this tour and thank Yared for his time and efforts.
    Written March 5, 2024
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  • Movarip
    Piravom, India1,576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Ethiopia is not big as expected and not maintained as being the national museum. But it is a treasure and a must see attraction when in Addis Ababa.
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • Meklit Bekele
    Ethiopia388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My heart dropped looking at the photos , reading the stories and what happened back then, how many lives have been sacrificed for this generation to have the freedom we practice right now. I am so thankful & grateful, for all people who fought for us!!
    Written May 25, 2024
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  • Leann L
    Atlanta, GA40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent an entire day here. We hiked, did the zipline, toured the art museum, saw the views, and had lunch at fresh corner. There is even more to do that we didn’t have time for. Such a fun day and great views of the city
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • Reza Sattarzadeh
    Muscat, Oman2,553 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ethological Museum is located in the University of Addis Ababa and is home to displays related to the contemporary history of the country, specially the period of Haile Silase. The place used to be the residence of the king and certain areas have been kept in the same state in which they were used by him and his family.

    It costs 200 Birr to enter.
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • Mstrixie007
    Nairobi, Kenya135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I felt it was rather overpriced maybe overrated but it's a beautiful man-made park centred around the rich history of Ethiopia during the reigns of Menelik and Haile Selassie. I wasn't necessarily impressed with the safari walk that showcased the few animals and birdlife, but again I'm biased since I come from another African country where I've seen lots of wildlife. It is a good to visit place for some great photos, so take your time to pose for those shots!
    Written May 24, 2023
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  • Vanessa
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although closed for renovation we were able to access the cathedral and the musuem for a fee. The museum exhibits were fantastic to see
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Meklit Bekele
    Ethiopia388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As I'm a guide myself, I have been coming here for countless of times, and I never get tired of the breathtaking scenery. All local guides at the park are friendly and efficient, my favourite is Deme. He is one of the best, very professional and well cultured.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • Muluken G
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adadi Mariam Rock Church is an place to take a day trip on Sundays from Addis Ababa to. Sundays and Thursdays are the best days for this excursion because there is an interesting local market on these days held only twice a week. The market is very authentic and helpful to understand the local Ethiopian culture
    Written December 1, 2023
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  • Mstrixie007
    Nairobi, Kenya135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good source market for Ethiopian traditional dresses, at friendly prices, but not necessarily at the best quality. Being an open-air and informal setting, it is best if one is accompanied by a local for bargains.
    Written May 24, 2023
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  • Abc
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed Bole Medhane Alem Cathedral two days after the Christmas celebration. A local young man told us a lot about what was going on at the Cathedral and we observed the deep devotion of those who came to worship. A wedding had just taken place at the Cathedral and some of the celebrants were happy to interact with us and share their joy.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Svetoslav B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite impressive in the basement where the marble tombs of the emperor his wife and allegedly Michelangelo canvas can be seen. It was just my wife and myself as visitors and it felt like time travel.
    Written April 24, 2024
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