Addis Ababa Day trips/Excursions –Sycamore Ethiopia Tours


  1. Addis Ababa half day tour

During half day tour you can do few things in Addis Ababa like the National Archaeological Museum, where the 3.2 million-year old bones of Lucy (a female Australopithecus aphaeresis skeleton) reside, Merkato (the biggest market in Africa) and Trinity Cathedral church where Emperor Haile Selassie was buried.

  1. Addis Ababa full Day tour

You can start your tour from the national museum where the 3.2 million years old bones of Lucy (a female Australopithecus aphaeresis skeleton) and other findings followed to Entoto to see MinilikII palace, museum and over view of Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, heading to the biggest market in Africa called Merkato then after continuing to Trinity church on the way stop at the African Union building for photo finally, drive back to hotel.


  1. Trip to Debre libanos church from Addis Ababa

After early breakfast, drive to north of Addis Ababa through the Entoto Mountains and admire views as your driver navigates the twisting mountain road. When you reach the Entoto summit, snap some photos and enjoy free time at a vista point.

Then, continue to Debre Libanos monastery; tour the historic churches and visit the attached museum. When you’re done looking around, eat lunch at a restaurant with views of the Jemma River Gorge.After eating, walk to Ras Darge’s Bridge, also known as the Portuguese Bridge—a historical bridge popular for its views of the surrounding valley.

Time permitting, you might visit the Blue Nile Gorge, climb the St. Teklehaimanot cave, and visit with Oromo people to learn more about everyday life in the mountains. Then finally, drive back to Addis Ababa and the tour conclude with drop off at your hotel.

  1. Day trip to Tiya Stele/Adadi Mariam /Melka Kontre sites from Addis Ababa

Start your tour after breakfast and drive with a private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, south of Addis Ababa through the scenic Rift Valley. The first stop along the way is at an outlook to enjoy and take a photo of the Rift Valley, and then cross the bridge over the Awash River.

After driving 62 km, of which 12 is on a gravel road, visit the ancient rock-carved church of Adadi Mariam which was founded in the 13th Century by King Lalibela. If the day is Thursday or Sunday, visit the colourful cultural weekly held market of the Oromo people at Adadi town.

On the way back to the main road, stop at a local family house to take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and to learn how to cook Enjera.

Then, head to the Steles of Tiya to visit about 40 stone grave markers which are decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD in honour of local heroes. It is one of the sites of Ethiopia included the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

En route back to Addis Ababa, visit the prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture to visit ancient fossils of animals and humans and some of the oldest stone tools humankind ever used.

  1. Day Trip to Wenchi volcanic lake from Addis

After breakfast, drive along the fertile and mountainous lands of the Oromo people to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Wenchi. In one of the islands at Lake Wenchi there is a monastery founded in the 16th c which is accessible walking or riding mules, and riding boats.

Tourists will have a chance to see how bread and porridge is prepared from Enset or False Banana tree which is the staple food for large part of the population in southern Ethiopia. During your day trip you will do the following categories; hiking and walking, local experience, Nature and wild life as well as religious heritages.


  1. Day trip to Axum from Addis Ababa

When you have one day off and you are looking for sightseeing take a day trip to Axum and explore the historic city of Aksum and visit the main sites of Aksum. During your short day trip in Axum you will visit the famous obelisks, archaeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath, Ezana’s inscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace as well as St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept.  Men only are allowed to enter the old church but possible in the new one for both.  Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.

When you plan to take a day trip to Axum from Addis, make sure you take the first flight/direct flight/ from Addis to Axum to get enough time and see all the sites if not you will have very short time and you can’t see all the main sites.The tour will take you about 5-6 hrs and then fly back in the evening to Addis Ababa.

  1. Day trip from Addis Ababa - Mekele - Wukro  

Early morning take the first flight to Mekele and then drive an hour to Wukro churches to see some of the ancient rock –hewn churches are Abraha and Atsibeha as well as Wukro cherkos church on the way back you will stop in Mekele to explore the capital city of Tigray region for a short time and experience .

Abreha and Atsibeha rock church is lies 61 km north of Mekele and it’s dedicated to the twin brother kings of Axum King Ezana and Saizana who lived 4th c A.D and declared Christianity as the official religion in Ethiopia. They built around 44 rock-hewn churches in Tigrai including Wukro Cherkos and finally, buried together in Abreha and Atsibeha church in the holy of holy except priest other people are not allowed in according to the clergy men.

  1. Day trip to Gonder from Addis

Fly from Addis Ababa to Gonder with the first flight then as soon as you arrive, you will start to explore the city of Gondar. Gondar has a lot things to see but the main sites are Fasiledes castles, Debre Brhan Silassie church, Swimming pool of fasiledes and walk around the city. Gondar is a royal and ancient historical city of Ethiopia.

The walled city of Fasil Ghebbi in Gondar is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is part of the famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit. It was the home of many emperors and princesses who led the country from the 12th century to the last decade of the 20th century, including Emperor Suseneos, Emperor Fasiledes, Empress Mentwab, Iyasu I, Tewodros II and Empress Taitu.

Gondar Castle, dubbed the Ethiopian Camelot, is not a single castle, but instead is the name given to the entire complex of castles and palaces in the area so-called royal enclosure.