Day Tours


List of one day private trips from Addis Ababa. Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours offers private excursions from Addis Ababa. All day tours near Addis Ababa are by drive with sanitized private vehicles. Skillful English-speaking Ethiopian local tour guides accompany excursions around Addis Ababa.View of Wenchi Lake near Addis Ababa

List of day trips near Addis Ababa:-

Addis Ababa day trips take visitors to interesting historical and cultural places in the city.  These one day expeditions include visiting religious, natural, scenic, and historical sites near Addis Ababa.

City Tour in Addis Ababa is among the day tours. We offer two types of tours to visit Addis Ababa depending on time. Short and longer City Tours in Addis Ababa - Half Day Addis Ababa City (4 to 6 hours) and Full Day City Tour in Addis Ababa (8 to 9 hours). Tourists can modify the city tour in Addis Ababa with us. We fit their time limit, places to visit in Addis Ababa, and if they have any other special request.

Few reasons to book one day tours in and around Addis Ababa with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours are: -

* We provide only small group (family) private tours. This allows you the flexibility to do or visit more of what interests you.

* For safety from Corona Virus (COVID 19), we host only small groups. Most tours are outdoor activities.

* Our tours are personally organized and limited only to one specific group. So visitors won’t feel urged to go along with already set schedule.

* In relation with Corona Virus, our tour guides pay close attention to keep physical distancing throughout the tours. We provide hand-sanitizers, wipes and face masks during the tours.

* Our tours are ideal for transit passengers and business travelers in Addis Ababa. Because we craft our tours to meet visitors’ expectations and other inquiries.

* Visitors decide departure places for these private guided tours. Your tour guide meets you at your hotel in Addis Ababa. OR at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (if just arriving).

Generally, all our single day trips are perfect for first-time visitors to Addis Ababa. Day trips Addis Ababa help visitors to experience local culture, learn history and religion, and admire great views.

Places to visit in private Addis Ababa Day Tours are: -

  • Adadi Mariam Rock Cut Church - Founded in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela. The unique Adadi Mariam Church is carved out of a single piece of rock. It has always served as a church. Adadi Mariam is 65 km south of Addis Ababa.
  • Steles of Tiya - This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cemetery dating back to 12th to 14th Century AD. At Tiya, visit about 40 stone grave markers decorated with carvings and erected for local hero. Tiya is 82 km south of Addis Ababa.
  • Debre Libanos Monastery is 100 km north of Addis Ababa. Debre Libanos Monastery (ደብረ ሊባኖስ ገዳም) is the biggest Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity monastery in Ethiopia. The monastery of Debre Libanos was founded by an Ethiopian Saint Tekle Haimanot. He established it in the 13th Century AD.
  • Portuguese Bridge - Visit this handmade stone bridge built in the 16th Century AD. Walk around Portuguese Bridge to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Jemma River Gorge and to see the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon.
  • Jemma River Gorge - Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Jemma River Gorge. River Jemma is one of the tributaries of the Blue Nile River - the longest running river in the World. Jemma River Gorge is one of the best scenic views around Addis Ababa to enjoy in one day.
  • Lake Ziway - Located 160 km south of Addis Ababa, Lake Ziway is the northernmost Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia. Take a private boat ride of one hour at Lake Ziway. Spot a number of Ethiopian birds and see families of hippos.
  • Crater Lake of Wenchi - This is one of the best scenic spots around Addis Ababa. Walk from the rim to the lake, take a boat ride to an island monastery, and horseback ride back to your vehicle.
  • Rift Valley Scenery - With excursion south of Addis Ababa, tourists can enjoy panoramic views of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley.

NOTE - Private excursion or day tours from Addis Ababa below can be organized to fit visitors interests and expectations. Contact us for details or booking.

1. Sightseeing Tour of Addis Ababa

The city tour in Addis Ababa is for 8 hours. Start with visiting the National Archaeological Museum. National Museum of Ethiopia is famous for its archaeological findings. Specially to see the fossil remains of Lucy or Dinknesh (the oldest hominid and 3.18 mil years old).
Inside Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa

Continue Addis Ababa day tour with visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral founded. Emperor Haile Sillassie I founded the cathedral. Next, visit the interesting busy Addis Mercato or Merkato market. This gigantic market is the largest open-air market in Africa.

Addis Ababa sightseeing tours can be organized considering visitors expectations. Contact us!

After lunch, drive to the peak of Mount Entoto (3,200 meters above sea level). Entoto Mountain is the best spot around to enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa. Also 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.

We advance your guided tour and experience with us by adding sights, museums, and other things to do in Addis Ababa as per your interests.

This is the best tour to visit Addis Ababa in 1-day. It is perfect visiting for transit passengers (travelers on layover stop at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport).

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2. Excursion to Adadi Mariam Rock Church and the Steles of Tiya

Adadi Mariam Rock Church near Addis AbabaDay trip to Adadi Mariam Rock Church and Tiya is one of our best weekend trips from Addis Ababa. This day trip from Addis Ababa is to visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD).

Adadi Mariam Rock Church was excavated by the famous Ethiopian King Lalibela. King Lalibela has carved 11 more beautiful rock churches at Lalibela town. The church of Adadi Mariam is carved out of a solid rock and is still used for church services. If you visit Adadi Mariam on the 21st day of an Ethiopian month, you'll see a great church service.

Adadi Mariam is 65 km far from Addis Ababa. Adadi Mariam is best example of the rock churches of Lalibela. See our 2 days tour to Lalibela Churches from Addis Ababa.

The private day trip from Addis also includes visiting the Steles of Tiya. Tiya is UNESCO World Heritage Site from12th - 14th Century AD. The Steles of Tiya is a cemetery with about 40 huge steles. The stone grave markers are decorated with swords, banana tree leaves, etc and were erected as grave markers.

From UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia, the Steles of Tiya is the nearest to Addis Ababa. Steles of Tiya are 82 km south of Addis Ababa.

With this pleasure trip, visit local villages for cultural experiences. Stop at the best outlooks to enjoy the great scenery of the East African Rift Valley.

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3. Excursion to Debre Libanos Monastery and the scenic Jemma River Gorge
Visit Portuguese Bridge in day trip from Addis Ababa

This is one of our best day tours from Addis Ababa. Take a day trip to visit the largest monastery in Ethiopia – Debre Libanos Monastery. It is from the 13th Century AD. At Debre Libanos Monastery visit the modern church founded during Emperor Haile Sillassie I. This church is decorated with beautiful religious paintings and window glass works. You will also visit the museum of Debre Libanos Monastery. In the museum, see old historical and religious artifacts.

Enjoy the scenic Jemma River Gorge. Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Blue Nile River which flows out of Lake Tana. The other place of visit this excursion from Addis Ababa includes is the Portuguese Bridge. It was built in the 16th Century AD.

During this excursion, see one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon. They are known as "the Bleeding-Heart Baboon" for its red patch on its chest.

Please, learn more about the Day Tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and around. And contact us even for more details.

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4. Excursion to the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway
This full-day private excursion from Addis Ababa is nature and culture themed tour. The day trip from Addis Ababa to Lake Ziway is the longest (11 to 12 hours) day tour we have. Day tour takes visitors to the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site), local experience with local village visit, and boat ride on Lake Ziway.

Ostriches_At_Abidjatta_Shalla_National_Park.jpgDiscover the wildlife of the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway - notable for its collection of bird species. At Lake Ziway, have a private boat ride to see families of hippos, and a number of water birds including Spur-Winged Lapwing, African Sacred Ibis, African Spoonbill, Hamerkop, Black Heron, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana, Hadada Ibis, etc

Other stops during this private trip are the artificial lake of Koka. The man made Lake of Koka is interesting for its bird life. On the way back to Addis Ababa, stop at one of the five crater lakes of Bishoftu or Debre Ziet. This tour is customizable and can be tailor made to fit travelers' inquiries.
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5. Excursion to Lake WenchiWenchi Crater Lake near Addis Ababa

With this day trip from Addis Ababa, 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 see how 'Kocho' bread and 'Bulla' porridge is prepared from Enset or False Banana tree which is the staple food for large part of the population in southern Ethiopia.

If you have a day for private excursion from Addis Ababa, email us soon. With visitors' interest and time available for the day tours, we can plan a combination of the places of interests to visit with the day tours. Get detailed information about the day tours from Addis Ababa offered by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!


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