8 of the best parks to explore in Addis Ababa
With all of its buzz and urban energy, Addis Abeba has been undergoing a transformation, with an increasing number of parks sprouting up all over the city. Here are some of the best options for green space in town.
Set around Addis Ababa’s highest point, Mount Entoto, this park is a must-see for any nature lover. It has a zipline, rope course, spa, and archery area, as well as paved roads around the mountains with bike lanes and running tracks alongside hiking trails. There are also several local restaurants and an art gallery run by Addis Ababa University’s Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in the park. Perhaps most importantly, the summit of the mountain provides an incredible view of the city.
This park was established in 1963 to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity. The trees in the compound were planted by heads of state in attendance at the inauguration, and each tree bears the name of the country and its leader. Apart from being a historic site, Africa Park is also ideal for picnics and family outings, thanks to its cafe, several fountains, and a children’s playground. It also contains two other parks, Ethiopia Park and Addis Ababa Park, so you can enjoy three green spaces in a single visit.
This historic park, which was built in the 1970s to strengthen the relationship between Ethiopia and Cuba, contains several sculptures and monuments that pay tribute to both Ethiopian and Cuban soldiers. Because it is in the heart of the city, it is easily accessible, and once there, you can buy tea or coffee from a stall near the entrance, next to a small book kiosk where you can also borrow books to read in the park for a fee. The massive trees interspersed with park benches provide a respite from the city’s bustle.
One of the oldest parks in the city, Ambassador Park is a popular destination for families, friends and couples. The beautiful grounds are filled with a variety of flowers set along winding walkways that truly ease the spirit. There’s also an excellent restaurant where visitors can grab a beer after gazing at the gorgeous scenery.
Friendship Park, one of the city’s larger green spaces, has many amenities that make it worth a visit, including a beautiful lake filled with fish, waterlilies, and even the occasional duck. It’s also a great place to go for an early morning run, thanks to paved roads that are ideal for running and long staircases for some intense cardio. By appointment, early morning yoga sessions are also available in the park. After all that exercise, reward yourself at one of Friendship Park’s two restaurants, followed by an indulgent treat at the ice cream store or simply stopping by the juice bar to keep the healthy vibes flowing.
This hidden treasure in the Bole area is a welcome break from everyday life and one of Addis’ lesser-known parks (also known as Central Park). Look for the stone structures that adorn the exterior walls and run alongside the adjacent riverway, giving the park an otherworldly feel as you wander. The inventive construction, lush grounds, and diverse flora make this a great park for anyone looking for a hidden gem.
Found in the compound of the National Palace of Ethiopia, this one-of-a-kind park is home to all kinds of wildlife, more than a few of which can be found in the zoo, aquarium and aviary. There are pavilions for each region of Ethiopia, giving an introduction to the diverse culture of the country, and if you want to keep up the historical learning afterwards, parts of the palace are available to view on a guided tour.
Filled with ancient trees, this well-maintained park is also the home of the St George Gallery, which hosts contemporary visual art exhibitions. The park is a scenic and cosy place to spend an afternoon, whether you’re reading a book, enjoying a cup of coffee or just sitting back and relaxing.
Travel to Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country in the Horn of Africa divided by the Great Rift Valley. It's a place of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years.
History of Ethiopia
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