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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #10 of 20 attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Civic Centers
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stayed with good friends and loved every minute of being in Addis. Wonderful people, delicious (spicy!) food, good coffee, mild climate... I just wish we'd had more time to explore.

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Lagos, Nigeria
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Starting from visa on arrival to flying out of Addis it was pleasant experience, visa not very expensive ($20) , hotels in the range of $60 onwards in a good location ( Bole road), people very pleasant and feel very strongly towards their country, every small retailer gives you a bill for goods purchased , I had booked for city... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Right from my landing , visa on arrival, interaction with unknown people seeking help at the airport ( as all of them don't speak English) , it was a very pleasant experience. I found the people warm, friendly, vibrant with energy and very proud of their country with zero tolerance to corruption. Had time only to go through local sights... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I loved Addis Ababa, having spent time in several African Countries, I found Addis clean and friendly. OK beware of pick pockets, they will try and befriend you to get close, but just be sensible and alert as anywhere. The vehicles are clean no massively polluting trucks and buses. They even have a mono rail under construction. Many new buildings... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Addis is a bustling city with some great restaurants, hotels and places to shop. Be sure to leave with some silver, coffee and local artwork. I found the people pleasant and warm. Driving is not recommended so please book a driver or take public transportation. We want to go back someday and if you want to see a busy African... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I was surprised at how quiet the people and the city is despite it being very busy. Tourists do need to be vigilant to avoid pick pockets, as you would in any city, there are also a lot of beggars in certain places but otherwise the place seems very peaceful and safe to walk around and explore. All the Ethiopians... More

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Perth, Australia
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76 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Addis Ababa is just a city, and nothing like the rest of Ethiopia. Cars everywhere, seemingly wealthy young men all driving said cars, nothing appealing at all. Do not plan on spending too much time here when planning your itinerary.

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Montreal, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Big town, a lot of smog and pollution, traffic make it difficult to breathe, homeless/poor people begging in streets, few museum and attractions. Probably a good gateway to get around other destinations of Ethiopia.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We recently visited the cultural tour in Ethiopia and was amazed at the wonders this country holds.We traveled with three other couples and by chance through Trip Advisor found the most amazing tour agency in Ethiopia.It is Bluesky Ethiopia tours in Addis Ababa.The head of the agency Yared wasefficient,prompt to our communication.The tour was well planned and the most economic... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I was born in the US (parents from Ethiopia) and to travel in and out of Addis was a bit of a culture shock even for me. If you cannot speak Amharic I highly suggest hiring a tour guide or someone to help you manage your trip. Many people can speak English, but it's best you do what you can... More

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