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Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa
"You will be picked up from your hotel between 8am and 9am. Accompanied by a driver and a local guide you will head to Holy Trinity Cathedral Church; the highest ranking cathedral church in Addis with its own museum and distinct architecture. After exploring the church you will be taken to National Museum Ethiopia's most important museum and home to our ancestor Lucy. Typical Ethiopian lunch will be served at Ethiopia's oldest hotel Taitu Hotel (not included in price). After lunch you will be taken to St. George Cathedral and Museum which is famous for its distinct octagonal architecture and location in the center of Addis. Following this you will have the chance to view the Ethnological museum set within Haile Selassie's former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardents and fountains of Addis Ababa University. Bringing the tour to a conclusion
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Entoto Mountain Guided Day Tour from Addis Ababa
"Hotel pick-up is between 7:30am and 8am. Accompanied by a tour guide and driver the trip to Entoto mountain will start at 8am. After a 30 - 45 min drive you will arrive at the bottom of Entoto mountain. a short drive and some light trekking up the mountain will lead you to the historic Entoto Mariam (St. Mary) Church and Museum. From here you will be able to see the vast parts of Addis Ababa from an impressive viewpoint. After exploring the historic church you will head towards King Menelik's palace whose empress founded Addis Ababa. The palace was established when Menelik moved from Ankober to Addis. The palace and museum both testify to the simple taste Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu had. Moving away from the palace you will be engaged in a long walk towards the historical St. Raguel and St Elias Churches
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Addis Ababa Highlights: Guided Day Tour
"Enjoy a hotel pick up between 7:30am and 8am and start your trip to Entoto mountain where after a short drive up hill and some light trekking you will have the chance to visit the historic Entoto Church & Museum and Menelik's palace. Heading back to the city from the mountain you will make a short stop at Shiromeda textile market the largest traditional clothing market in Addis. You will have the opportunity to socialize with the world famous traditional textile craftsmen and shop for souvenirs. After exploring Shiromeda you will visit the National Museum which is the home of the fossil replica of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) and some other historical artifacts. This is followed by a typical Ethiopian lunch at the oldest hotel in Ethiopia
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More Local Customs in Ethiopia

Enset or false-banana

In the area north of Arba Minch the Dorze people prepare enset as staple for their meal. The enset or false banana (Musa ensete) is a unfertile banana plant. This plant is allready cultivated in this...
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Jul 04, 2004

Mesobs

At the market of Aksum we saw these colourful woven mesobs like a basket. Mesobs are the traditional hourglass-shaped tables for serving the traditional injera, the pancake made of tef, the local...
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sachara
Jul 02, 2004

WHAT TIME IS IT ?

ETHIOPIA HAS ITS OWN TIME! If you are just visiting for a short period of time, you need to specify that you mean FARANJI (foreigner) TIME or you may get some real confusion. Ethiopian time is 6 hours...
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Mar 07, 2016

The coffee ceremony

Ethiopian coffee is world famous and is really good. You can get it in bars, usually black and with a lot of sugar. If you want it without sugar, say it first. If you want it with milk, say...
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Aug 25, 2006

Tef and injera

The injera, the national staple, serving as a base for every meal, is made of tef.Tef is an Ethiopian indigenous cereal growing in the highlands. There are different qualities of tef, the wither the...
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sachara
Jul 02, 2004

Mursi women, wearing lipplates

The Mursi women in te Lower Omo Valley are known, because they are wearing lipplates. The lower lip of the girls at age of 15 or 16 is pierced, so they can wear a plate. The larger the plate the...
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sachara
Jul 10, 2004
 
 
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Tankwa

At the Lake Tana, but also at other places in Ethiopia you will see tankwas, boats made of papyrus.In Weyto, a village at the southern shore of Lake Tana, 2 KM west of Bahir Dar, the villagers still...
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Jul 02, 2004

Natala or shamma

The local shamma is a white cloth or toga, which men and women wear, when they go to church, but you will also see men and women in the streets, wrapped in their shamma. White is the colour of...
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Jul 02, 2004

Remarkable hairstyles in the Lower Omo Valley

At the Dimeka market north of Turmi we saw the local hairstyles. Women rub a mixture of ochre and fat in their hair, making coppery-coloured tresses, known as goscha.At the market we also saw some men...
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sachara
Jul 10, 2004

Dula and gabi, worn by men

Along the road in the northern countryside we met a lot of men, wearing a dula. The dula is a wooden staff and travel companion of almost every Amhara man. This hardwood staff of about 1 M serves...
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Jul 02, 2004

THE HANDSHAKE OF RESPECT

In Ethiopia, holding your right elbow with your left hand as you shake some else’s hand is a great form of respect. Over time the left hand has made its way forward and some times you will see the...
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DAO
Apr 04, 2009

HAVE A TEJ OR TWO (NOT THREE)

Tej is a thick and tart honey wine that actually tastes pretty good. They ferment this stuff for about 1 year. Yep, a year. They make Tej in 3 varieties:• Normal• Strong• Kick your ass (so my local...
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DAO
Mar 07, 2016

THE FLAG

The Ethiopian flag was first adopted in 1897, a year after Ethiopia had bravely defended itself from advances by Italy at the Battle of Adwa. It has always had the same 3 colours that have been...
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DAO
Jul 09, 2008

REMOVE YOUR SHOES BEFORE ENTERING CHURCHES

%3Before you can enter an Orthodox Christian Church anywhere in Ethiopia you have to remove your shoes. And any hats as well. I would suggest that you wear socks, especially in older churches and the...
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DAO
Jun 26, 2015

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Top Things to Do in Ethiopia

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Museum

The National Museum of Ethiopia is a rather small, three story building that houses a wide variety of artifacts from some of the earliest pre-human bones right through to some very recent art pieces...
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Boat Trip

There are different boat trips possible, the cheapest would be by ferry, 6.30 am 50 Birr to Zege peninsula walk there past some monasteries (Ura Kidane Meret, Bete Maryam) to Azwa village, back from...
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Royal Enclosure

The town of Gonder is often described as ‘The Camelot of Ethiopia’, and when you approach the Royal Enclosure, situated in the middle of the town, it’s easy to understand why. The city itself was...
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Saturday Market

Every saturday in Lalibela is market day. It is very crowded mostly selling livestok like goats, sheeps and chicken, but also local textiles. People from the surrounding villages come to sell their...
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Omo valley

If you plan to travel in the Omo River Valley, there is only one thing you must bring: Emmanuel Cheneke. Emany is hands down the best guide working in/around Jinka and perhaps in all of Ethiopia. I...
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Danakil Depression

The Dalol area is pretty desolate but does have a few amazing things to see which you must simply see and experience. A little bit about the area which is situated in the Afar region of Ethiopia....
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"THE KINGDOM OF AFRICA"
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"Ethiopia"
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"THE HORN OF AFRICA"
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"An unknown jewel"
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