Addis Ababa, which in Amharic means “New Flower”, is the capital and unique metropolis of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1987, Addis Ababa is of relatively recent origin and lacks ancient landmarks, but it is somewhat like an ancient walled city, sitting within the embrace of numerous elegant hills and four major mountains- Zukwala to the South, Entoto to the North, Yerer to the East, and Wuchacha to the West. Addis Ababa is a panoramic plateau metropolis at between 2200 – 2600 meters above sea level and is the third highest city in the world with an average temperature of 160 c.
Addis Ababa is the seat of the political, social, economic and cultural life of Ethiopia. Besides, it is graced as Africa’s diplomatic capital with the presence of the head quarter of African Union; and is also the port of entry for most travellers.
Addis Abeba also stands guard over many museums, palaces of vanished Emperors, monuments of the nation’s heroes, broad squares, cathedrals, churches, mosques, souvenir and gift shops, Africa’s largest outdoor market, night clubs, folkloric fares, handicraft centres, and traditional restaurants for cultural nights. All these reflect the composite image of the entire nation. It is only with Noble Conference and Tours that you can fully experience the poetry of this quaint city. We have arranged a range of packages to help you see the best of Addis Ababa including our best Highlights and Reality tours of the city.
Sightseeing and excursions
Sightseeing and excursions to the splendid lush and green sites around the central Ethiopia are dominated by exotic natural beauty. The Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes region is Africa’s natural marvels; a land of many alkaline lakes with the abundance of stunning bird life and sheer greenery with magnificent mountain ranges loomed on the horizon, while the northern central Ethiopia offers you stunning gorges carved their way deep into the earth forming dazzling escarpments, along with the near by grassy plateau and mountain picks some of which with spectacular view down to the Rift Valley.
Just 225 kilometres east of Addis Ababa, Awash National Park is Ethiopia’s oldest park rich in wildlife and birdlife. The Tiya Stelae, 88 km south of Addis, have been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The near by Palaeolithic site in Ethiopia Melka Kunture consists of stunning exhibits on prehistoric Africa, geology and volcano logy and on pale anthropology. The state forest of Menagesha and Crater Lake Wenchi are scenic natural marvels for a day out escape from Addis Ababa.