Mount Entoto is the highest peak in Addis Ababa reaching 3,200 meters above sea level, giving you the opportunity to catch stunning views over the city and the surrounding area from the summit. Located immediately north of the Ethiopian capital, this is a popular destination thanks to its beautiful views. Standing in sharp contrast to the busy city below, Mount Entoto offers the possibility to leave the hectic city behind and spend a day immersed in the tranquil nature just outside the limits of the noise of Addis Ababa.
A beautiful excursionA trip up to the peak makes for a great afternoon excursion, whether you want to get some real exercise while you are at it or just have a nice and slow walk. You can hike all the way to the summit or take a local taxi part way up the hill. It is not simply the scenery that makes the mountain an interesting attraction. The peak is also home to a small traditional church and former palace residence to the emperors of Addis Ababa. The palace offers a unique glimpse into the history of Ethiopia’s distinct culture and for a small fee, you can enjoy a guided visit to learn more about these 2 historic buildings. After your hike, roadside stalls often sell locally sourced, fresh Ethiopian coffee, making the perfect refreshment on your return.
The eucalyptus mountainThe mountain is densely covered by eucalyptus trees, which were imported from Australia over 125 years ago. So throughout the year, it is not unusual to see local workers carrying large loads of eucalyptus wood down the hills and to the city to sell it or use it as a source of energy for their households.
After a nice walk with gorgeous views of Addis Ababa, pamper yourself with one of the treatments at the Radisson Blu Hotel’s Rainforest Day Spa, for the ultimate relaxation.