You will get to enjoy the lush forests of Menagesha forest, 50 Kms west of Addis Ababa. Covered with Juniper trees that are estimated to be over 400 years old, it is a place of unparalleled beauty for nature enthusiasts. You will make your way up through the forest towards the top of Mount Wechecha and reflect while enjoying a picnic lunch. Its a place commonly known for its exotic beauty and fresh air where one completely unwinds and reconnects with nature. After which, there is visit to the historic town of Addis Alem, the palace of Emperor Menielik and the church of Mariam where will see some interesting paintings and a small museum nearby that houses clothing and decorations of former Ethiopian rulers
Lunch, including a bottle of water and hot drinks
Coffee and/or Tea
Local tour guide
Hotel pick up and drop-off
What to Expect
You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:30am and 8:00am. After which you would head 50 Kms west from Addis Ababa which takes approximately 1 and half hours to the source of most of the bottled water companies in Ethiopia. After heading there, you will make your way up through the forest to the top of Mount Wechecha where you will have a picnic lunch and take in the fresh air. You can expect to see the Abyssinian Catbird, Banded Barbet, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Forest Oriole. Among the wildlife species recorded here are: Menelik’s Bushbuck, Colobus Monkey, Serval, Grey Duiker, Hyena, Warthog, Porcupine and Civet Cat. You will then head towards Addis Ababa through the Ambo road and make a stop at the historic town of Addis Alem where you will visit the Palace of Emperor Menielik and church of Mariam, which was planned to be the counterpart of the Mariamtsion Church in Axum. You will see some interesting paintings and a small museum nearby which contains clothes and decorations of former Ethiopian rulers. You will then be driven back to Addis to be dropped of at your hotel.