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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #10 of 21 attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Civic Centers
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Kampala, Uganda
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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
40 helpful votes 40 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Lagos, Nigeria
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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