Addis Ababa is a gorgeous city that is full of excitement and adventure in Ethiopia and visitors like yourself will find that it holds enough magic and mystery for a lifetime. I have spent many days exploring this majestic destination and have found that there are a couple of amazing day trips that you simply must take when you are in the area.
I’m a solo traveler that likes to explore different cultures. And now for the 3 places that I like the most:
One of my favorite things to do near Addis Ababa is a hiking, which is why I chose to visit Mount Zuqualla. This mountain is an extinct volcano and that knowledge will make the area even more intriguing to you. The Zuqualla Monastery can be found at the top of this mountain and there is a lake nearby up there as well. I wanted to see as much as I could when I was there, so I tackled the four-hour hike to the top. I do suggest that you do not choose to do this as your very first hike ever because it is a little challenging and you need to be in good shape if you want to reach the lake! Besides the breathtaking views, I managed to capture glimpses of the Colobus monkeys and Menelik bushbuck near the lake and those alone made the trek worthwhile.
To the west of Addis Ababa is the Menagesha Forest and I chose that area for one of my other day trips during my visit. This also required a hike, which I did not mind, because it is my favorite way to explore nature and the great outdoors. Some of the trees within this forest are more than four hundred years old, so please make sure that you take the time to see them in between all the flora that includes heather, giant juniper, and giant lobelia. You will also see the Menelik bushbucks and Guereza monkeys as you are wandering through the forest. I took the time to see the abandoned sawmill before leaving Menagesha and I highly recommend that you stop at the Meta brewery for a pint or two while you sit near the waterfall. It was a fabulous experience that I would love to repeat sooner than later, and I know you will love it just as much!
Blue Nile Gorge
The Blue Nile Gorge is quite a distance from Addis Ababa, but the journey will be worth it when you arrive to see such a magnificent area. This gorge is huge, and it is one of the nicest ones in all of Africa. Most of the Blue Nile Gorge has never been explored, so many mysteries are waiting to be discovered. I was able to get a ride down to the bottom of the gorge and the views along the way were incredible. Two bridges cross the river, but only the newer one is used by vehicles. The other is frequented by the shepherds that wander from side to side. You will find many other things to see and do in Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas, but these three-day trips will get you started on some adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy every minute of your time in this area, as it will only continue to get better.