Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour, Addis Ababa

There are several tourist attractions at the very foot of Entoto Mountain and along Entoto Road that lead to the top of the mountain. Attractions at the foot of Entoto Mountain include markets that sell specific Ethiopian goods, like crafts and clothes, churches, a park and a cemetery. Take this self-guided tour to explore the fascinating views offered in this region of Addis Ababa.
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Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ethiopia » Addis Ababa (See other walking tours in Addis Ababa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Former Women's Fuelwood Carriers Project

1) Former Women's Fuelwood Carriers Project

Former Women's Fuel Wood Carriers Project is a specialty shop located along Entoto Road. Women can buy colourful hand-woven shawls made by local, skillful women who previously earned their living by carrying wood from the forests, hence the strange name of this shop. This is a small shop and it also offers Ethiopian souvenirs, baskets, hats, etc. The prices are moderate and things are completely original. The workshops are located near the shop. You can visit and have a cup of Ethiopian coffee, which is the best in the world.
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Entoto Market

2) Entoto Market

Entoto Market is situated along Entoto Road and offers a variety of original, local products. You can buy Ethiopian blankets and traditional clothes for European women. Local people from Addis Ababa sell their goods here, unlike in other markets in the centre of the city.
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Kechenay Medhanyalem Cemetery

3) Kechenay Medhanyalem Cemetery

Kechenay Medhanyalem Cemetery is a large, Christian cemetery at the very foot of Entoto Mountain. Cemeteries from countries in the developing world are absolutely different from those in Europe or the USA. There are many tiny grave marks. Simple peasants were probably buried here.
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Clothes Market

4) Clothes Market

There is a market located near the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, which sells clothes. The prices are much cheaper and the clothes are of better quality than in the centre of the city, where there are many Chinese goods. The are very nice dresses for women, which are traditional but suitable for American and European women.
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Hamle 19 Public Park

5) Hamle 19 Public Park

Hamle 19 Public is one of the major parks in Addis Ababa. It is a large park with beautiful exotic trees. It is also a historical place as the Empress Menen, wife of Haile Selassie, retreated there. It became a national park in 1975. Weddings are quite popular in this park.
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St Micheal Church

6) St Micheal Church

Anketse Mihret Kidus Micheal Church is situated at the foot of Entoto Mountain. It is one of several Christian churches in this part of the city. It is a very small church where people from this region go for worshipping. Saint Micheal's Tabot is kept in this church.
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Genete Eyesus Church

7) Genete Eyesus Church

There are several churches located at the foot of Entoto Mountain. One of them is Genete Eyesus Church. It is a big Christian Orthodox church. It is very tall and you can see the cross on its dome from the distance. The church is built in three layers: the dome, the part of the building that has a balcony from where you can probably hear the sermons, and the lower part where people are gathered.

Walking Tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Addis Ababa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.5 km
Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

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Travel Distance: 3.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Shopping Areas and Shops Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Addis Ababa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Addis Ababa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Addis Ababa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.