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“Mount Entoto”
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Entoto Mountain Guided Day Tour from Addis Ababa
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Addis Ababa
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Mount Entoto is the highest peak overlooking the city of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Mount Entoto is part of the Entoto mountain chain, reaching 3,200 meters above sea level. Mount Entoto is the best location to observe the panoramic view of the capital. It is also a historical place where Menelik II resided and built his palace, when he came from Ankober and founded Addis Ababa. It is considered a sacred mountain and holds many monasteries. It is also notable as the location of a number of celebrated churches, including Saint Raguel and Saint Mary (Mariam Church). Entoto Mariam church, which was built by Emperor Menelik in 1982, is situated on the intensive mountain range of ENTOTO. Articles of historical significance that were donated by members of the royal family, foreign diplomats and individuals are well displayed in the Entoto Museum. Architectural design and the inner wall paintings of the church are fascinating.

5  Thank Mistru T
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"fresh air"
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"eucalyptus trees"
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"beautiful view of the city"
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"old palace"
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"small museum"
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"offers a great view"
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"menelik ii"
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"hill top"
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"historical place"
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"highest point"
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"nice walk"
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"worth a trip"
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"church museum"
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"meters above sea level"
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"nice place to visit"
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"entrance fee"
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"rich history"
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I have been to the mountain but not the church. I took a buss from Bole to Arat kilo then another to sidis kilo and then sheromida. From there i took a taxi to the top of the mountain (paid 150 birr). The view is just breathtaking. Another possibility is to take taxi direct to the hill and church (from Bole you can expect paying around 450-600 birr).

4  Thank AhmedNorway
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The forest up the hill has grown enough to difficult the views from the top over the big city that Addis Ababa is. There are actually better views from some points in the road before the top. But it is a safe place to walk in the forest. And there is a market in the way to the hill where you can buy local handicrafts at good local prices (wooden crosses at 10 birr, in example).

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

I really enjoyed my trip up to Entoto Hills/Mountains. I took about a half-day (a guided tour with a car) to go up to Entoto hill during a stay in Addis. Don't be fooled by the word "hills" into thinking of something small, these hills/mountains are quite large, takes about 45 minutes to drive to the top.

The countryside you will see is stunning and worth the time and effort. The area is in a thick, cool, well watered, conifer forest. You will have great views of Addis Ababa. Called the "Lung of Addis Ababa", you will not be disappointed in the fresh air! You will also see the hundreds of peasants who make less than a $1 per day transporting wood down into the the city.

The Menelek II Museum and Palace is worth a look. If only Haile Selassie had stayed in the humble set of buildings (instead of squandering the country's wealth on huge ornate palaces in the city while his people starved), perhaps things would have turned out differently for Ethiopia. (There is a small circular church next to the palace that has great atmosphere.)

The other highlight of the area is the quite large, multilevel and altogether spectacular octagonal "Entoto Maryam Church" which hosted Menelik's coronation. Don't miss it. There is a small rock-hewn church here you should peek into (though it is in terrible condition) as well as a small museum with artifacts of Menelik's life.

3  Thank ClintWorldWide
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

The drive up the hill was a real opener to the conditions in Ethiopia. While we were there we heard the screams of persons who were suffering exorcism inside the church. Outside were barefoot women prostrate in front of the church. Because of the altitude we saw several people walking up the hill who had collapsed.

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