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A great experience with a guide in Addis, Genet Mengistu

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A great experience with a guide in Addis, Genet Mengistu

On my recent visit to Addis Ababa, I had a suggestion to contact Genet Mengistu as a guide.

What an EXCELLENT suggestion!

On the day I arrived, I wanted to be sure to have a reliable guide to show me around, so I contacted her, and met with her at the hotel. She quoted me $45 for the day, including local (public) transport. We went to some major sights and museums. What an excellent, stress-free way to start my visit to the country! Even as a seasoned traveler, I found out that it took a little while to figure out the beat of the city and the beat of the country, and her service was invaluable to get me started on the right foot!

I had no problems communicating with her in English, and she could explain everything at the museum that I could not have gotten from the signs, and show me the significance of the sites that I was visiting. She was also able to tell me what I could and could not take a photo of, which in Addis is an important thing to know.

In fact, I was so pleased with her services that I hired her again on the last day of the trip to show me to Mt. Entoto (would have been challenging without a local at the least), take me to Merkato, and also to help me with souvenir shopping. In a country that required bargaining, this was the most stress-free shopping I had ever done, and the time I saved alone was worth the cost of the guide!

Her email is genetmengistu@yahoo.com . I HIGHLY recommend her. It is absolutely worth the investment!

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2. Re: A great experience with a guide in Addis, Genet Mengistu

It is perhaps worth saying that as well as Addis city tours I believe Genet will do short, ie 1 or 2 day trips out of Addis eg to Bishoftu (Debr Zeit) or Debre Libanos

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3. Re: A great experience with a guide in Addis, Genet Mengistu

I'd like to add to this message how wonderful Genet was as our guide for a full day tour of the city. We were picked up from the airport and Genet stayed with us the whole day before dropping us back to the airport after a wonderful dinner. Her knowledge of the city and history of Ethiopia is superb and I can't imagine having gone around Addis without her. She is lovely company as well! Just try and bring her some cheddar cheese if coming from the UK ;-)

Happy to give more of a reference for anyone that would like it.

Alex & Kate

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