Addis Ababa is the third highest capital city in the World, sitting at an altitude of 2,400m in the central highlands of Ethiopia. As a modern, thriving and growing city, Addis Ababa boast a variety of entertainment, dining, accommodation and sightseeing. You can tour around, either on foot or using the cheap and highly efficient network of minibuses or the inexpensive taxis to get you to where you need to go. Eating out is straightforward and easy with a range of international cuisine including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and more. Of course, there are many great restaurants serving Ethiopian food. When you have finished dining, there are a variety of dancing or drinking clubs if you are so inclined. Apart from the good meals, there are some absolutely wonderful pastry shops and cafes in Addis Ababa serving savoury mini-pizzas, omelettes and hamburgers, along with the most amazing croissants, Danish pastries and biscuits. The fresh juice menu is long and when the chosen beverage arrives, it is cold, fresh and delicious! The out and out favourite pastry café in all of Addis Ababa, is without doubt, La Parisienne, selling great cakes, fantastic croissants (including chocolate ones) and toasted sandwiches, great coffee, and their herbal teas are highly recommended. The city tour, dependent upon interest, can take in the historical buildings and monuments, churches (including Kiddist Mihret, noted for its interior paintings and sacred springs and as the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie) amongst other well known places.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.