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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #9 of 21 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Civic Centers
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Will not come back to this place anytime soon, but I will give you tips about the place based on my experience. 1. If you could arrange the whole travel in Ethiopia with a travel agent or group, do it! 2. If you can rent car to get around, do it! 3. Time in Ethiopia is entirely different with the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My husband and I spent 5 days in Addis Ababa (first time here). On our first day, we randomly met a local rasta, Addis, in the Piazza downtown. He seemed sincere, very friendly, knowledgable, and speaks very good English. We agreed to have him as our guide. Our full day with him included an 8am pickup at our hotel, then... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Travelled to Addis Ababa on a layover and hired a private guide and driver to show us around for the day. Having never been to Africa before, Addis was certainly a new experience. For a city of 3 million people it seems much smaller. There are a number of worthwhile museums to visit and beautiful churches to see. The items... More

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Ukraine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I spent in Addis Abeba about two years within the years of 1986-1987. This city is really a beautiful flower, as it is translated from Amharic. I liked all areas I lived or just visited - Piassa street, markato, Bole, Kasanches, Arat Kilo and plenty of others. I liked local people some of which became my true friends, I liked... More

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Nice and very nice with expiriance one guide tour Samri best guide tourist in Ethiopia, big respect! I will come again to know more about Ethiopia with here.

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Kampala, Uganda
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Good place to visit...nice historical sites...transport is extremely expensive....don't pay more than 100 to 150birr within town.. Be careful with pick pockets...especially the cute looking kids that come in a friendly manner tapping you and in the process nick your belongings especially phones... Tour guides and taxis are also over zealous and try to make the most out of unsuspecting... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The people are very unfriendly, and dont speak any english, even though it is listed as 1 of 2 official languages. The locals beg when they see foreigners, and try to take advantage and overcharge. Crime is rife, as is corruption. There is nothing to see for tourists, spend max 1 day here.

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Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I am glad I went. But, other than transiting to other parts of Ethiopia, which is definitely high on my radar, I would not return. The arrival airport terminal was a disaster. The city is somewhat clean, but seems to have hundreds of building projects started but not being worked. The people I met were charming and nice. But, there... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was quite thrilled to visit Addis because of its rich history and culture. In hindsight, I wish I'd done a great deal differently to have enjoyed it more. Looking back, this is the sort of trip that would have benefited from more research beforehand. We were ignorant of cab fare costs (were conned into $60USD for a 15min ride),... More

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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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