Addis and central Ethiopia

Located in central Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is an essential destination on a visit to this fascinating country. Explore the city's many restaurants, bars and shops or immerse yourself in the culture and history of the country at Addis' museums and cathedrals. A journey outside the city to the region's hot-springs or to Awash national park will also add another dimension to your trip.

Founded in 1887 around hot springs and nicknamed "new flower" in Amharic by Emperor II's wife, Addis Ababa is an essential destination for every visit to Ethiopia. There is a population of three million people in Addis, creating a melting pot of culture, history, festivals and a budding art scene.

Scott Dunn currently offers two international standard hotels from which you can easily explore Addis Ababa and the surrounding area. Bole airport makes getting to Addis convenient and a great place to begin your Ethiopian adventure. Take the first step in your education in the enthralling culture and history of the country via attractions such as churches, diverse architecture or the Ethnographic museum where you can see "Lucy" who gave Ethiopia the label, "cradle of humankind". The city also has a thriving nightlife and a diverse range of restaurants, markets and shops to keep you entertained and curiosity satisfied during your time here.

Before leaving central Ethiopia it is worth exploring some of the surrounding area, often overlooked by tourists in favour of some of the countries more renowned features. A journey outside the city to the region's hot-springs, to Awash National Park or an excursion via horseback will add another dimension to your trip and further pursue the "road less traveled".

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Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum, Lalibela & Bale Mountains

Ethiopia is a land of contrasts, fascinating churches of Lalibela, castles of Gondar and the bustling city of Addis. Travel to the rugged Simien Mountains and the bamboo forests of the Bale Mountains, both with fascinating wildlife and ideal for trekking.

Best for: Couples, Culture, Adventure, Off the beaten track

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