Must see attractions in Western Ethiopia

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    Coffee Plantation

    Coffee lovers will love this place and it should be possible to arrange a tour of the plantation by requesting through the Coffee Plantation Development Enterprise in Addis Ababa or at the plantation itself, close to the Coffee Plantation Guesthouse. We've never had any problem getting shown around simply by turning up. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to buy coffee beans here, but you can do so in various shops around town.

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    Bebeka Coffee Plantation

    The 93-sq-km Bebeka Coffee Plantation, 28km southwest of Mizan Tefari (an hour’s drive), is Ethiopia’s largest and oldest coffee farm. There are no longer any official tours, but you may be able to wrangle a letter of introduction by calling the Coffee Plantation Development Enterprise and pleading your case once at the farm. Armed with such a letter and your own 4WD (the plantation is far too big to take in on foot), the manager will usually provide a guide

  • Sights in The Western Highlands

    Sor River Waterfalls

    A worthwhile excursion from Metu is to the 20m-high Sor River Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful falls in Ethiopia. It lies close to the village of Bechu, 13km southeast of Metu. The last 15 minutes of the one-hour walk (5km) from Bechu takes you through dense forest teeming with birds and monkeys. At the falls, Sor River suddenly drops 20m over the lip of a wide chasm into a fern-lined amphitheatre. You can take a dip in the pool below. A daily minibus leaves Metu for Bechu (Birr19, one hour) around 7am. It returns as soon as it’s full, which means you may have to walk back to Metu or battle a night of fleas in Bechu. To find the falls, enlist the help of a Bechu villager (tip expected) or ask one of the children who invariably tag along. With a 4WD you could make the return trip from Metu in less than four hours.

  • Sights in The Western Highlands

    Guder Falls

    About 1km from Guder on your way to Nekemte, after crossing the river, you’ll see a gate for Guder Falls. It isn’t spectacular, but is worth a peek in the wet season.

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    Bedele Beer Factory

    Bedele is one of Ethiopia's most popular home-grown beers: visit the factory and ask for a taste or two.