DAY TRIPS FROM ADDIS ABABA
1. Excursion to Adadi Mariam Church and the Steles of Tiya
This is a day trip from Addis to the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD) which is believed to be the southernmost rock church carved by King Lalibela. This trip also includes visit of the steles of Tiya(12th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site includes about 40 steles which are decorated with swords, banana tree leaves, etc and were erected as grave markers.
2. Sightseeing Tour of Addis Ababa
This city tour of Addis Ababa is of about 8 hours duration to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia to visit mainly the fossil remains of Lucy, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Merkato - the largest open air market in Africa, drive to the peak of Mount Entoto (3,200 meters above sea level) to enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa and to visit the oldest church in Addis which is famous for hand painted colorful wall paintings. Finally drive on the main streets of the city to see the historical monuments and major landmarks of the city.
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3. Excursion to Debre Libanos Monastery and the scenic Blue Nile Gorge
This is a day trip to visit the largest monastery in Ethiopia – the Debre Libanos Monastery (13th Century AD). Here there is a modern church founded during Emperor Haile Sillassie’s reign which is decorated with beautiful religious paintings and window glass works. Driving to the scenic Blue Nile Gorge, which some people compare it with the Grand Canyon of USA, is part of this trip.
4. Excursion to the Rift Valley Lakes
This day trip is more of nature and includes visits of the Rift Valley Lakes of Ziway and Langano which are famous for their collection of bird species. The other stops during this trip are the manmade lake of Koka which is also interesting for its bird life, and one of the five crater lakes of Bishoftu.
5. Excursion to Lake Wenchi
With this trip visitors will drive along the fertile and mountainous lands of the Oromo people to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Wenchi. In one of the islands at Lake Wenchi there is a monastery founded in the 16th century which is accessible by walking or riding mules, and riding boats. Visitors will have a chance to see how bread and porridge is prepared from Enset or False Banana tree which is the staple food for large part of the population in southern Ethiopia.
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