Activities in Addis are generally pretty sedate and are aimed more at business people than backpackers. Then again, who can complain about a heavenly massage, steam bath or sauna? Swimming and horse riding are also possible. Cooling swims are also justifiably popular.

Massage, Steam Bath & Sauna

Sheraton Hotel A sublime massage starts at Birr450. There’s a full range of reflexology, Swedish, deep-tissue and neck and shoulder massages, as well as mineral body scrubs.

Boston Day Spa Addis Ababa's best day spa beyond the big international hotels.

Running

If you want to run where the best of the best used to train, head to Meskal Sq to jog up and down the square along the concrete, terraced seating. If you complete the entire circuit, running up and down each aisle, you’ll have sweated through 42km.

Swimming

Beat the heat with some underwater action. The sweetest swims in town are to be had at the Sheraton Hotel (Birr200/250 weekday/weekend) and the Hilton Hotel (Birr200, Mon-Thu, Birr250 Fri-Sun).