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“Beautiful Country and sites right outside of Addis” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Entoto Hill

Entoto Hill
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Addis Ababa City Tour
Ranked #5 of 66 things to do in Addis Ababa
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Bamako, Mali
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Beautiful Country and sites right outside of Addis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 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.

Visited May 2013
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“A real eye opener”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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.

Visited September 2013
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“Haile Selassie Museum and Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

I disliked the fact that the beggars gathered automatically around our vehicle wherever we went. Everyone with an outstretched hand....it was rather overwhelming.

Visited July 2013
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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“A good day out for the family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

A trip to Entoto is always a great option for a family or a few adults who want to walk in a rural environment and have a really good view of much of Addis Ababa. It is important to go with a group as there is a tendency for local kids to harass you especially if one is alone.

Visited May 2013
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Vang Vieng, Laos
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“Great hiking spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

A great hiking spot with amazing views. Met lots of nice locals too. The view of Addis from the church at the top is worth checking out. If you're stuck in Addis and don't really enjoy much of the city, Entoto is a nice escape.

Visited August 2013
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