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. Away from the bustling city you will discover volcanic plains brimming and swaying grasslands home to an amazing array of wildlife.
Founded in 1887 around hot springs and nicknamed "new flower" in Amharic, Addis Ababa is a melting pot of culture, history, festivals and a budding art scene. Take the first step in your education in the enthralling culture and history of Ethiopia and discover the many churches, diverse architecture and visit the Ethnographic museum to see ‘Lucy’ who gave Ethiopia the label, "the cradle of humankind". Before leaving central Ethiopia, journey outside the city to the region's hot-springs, discover the volcanic landscape and abundant birdlife of the Awash National Park or trek on horseback across the grassy plains spotting a myriad of species of antelope.