Addis Ababa is a sprawling metropolis of more than 4.6 million people, presenting a frenetic ambiance that just adds to its urban charm. Immerse yourself in its history and culture by visiting the Ethnological Museum (National Museum), located in the grounds of Addis Ababa University. Widely regarded as the best museum in Africa, it offers a glimpse of the everyday Ethiopian life, as well as introducing you to the customs of various Ethiopian tribes.
The Merkato, Africa’s biggest open market, is a must-see when you travel to Addis Ababa Here, you’ll find knick-knacks, silver jewellery, textiles, spices and even recycled goods.
If you want to take a short break from city life, head for Mount Entoto, the capital’s highest peak and a place of deep historical significance. It was here that Emperor Menelik II – who reigned from 1889 to 1913, and is considered the founder of modern Ethiopia – set up his “palace”. You can take a guided tour of the mountain.