Top ChoiceFarm in Tepi

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,...

Top ChoiceFarm in Mizan Tefari

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...

Top ChoiceMarket in Gambela

Anuak Market

In Gambela's north is the Anuak market. Vendors sit in the shade of the trees selling cereals, firewood, large Nile perch and tobacco. To pass the time, many indulge in akowyo (water-pipe) smoking. You can taste...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kafa Biosphere Reserve

Kafa Coffee Museum

Ethiopia's first coffee museum sits in the heart of coffee country, and is part of the Kafa Biosphere Reserve. It provides an overview of the history of coffee with a focus on Ethiopian production, as well as...

Top ChoiceVillage in Gambela

New Land (Nuer Villages)

The Nuer villages on the outskirts of Gambela, known collectively as New Land, are the easiest to get to, and can give a wonderful insight into the lives of the local people. You'll need a local guide and a...

National Park in Western Ethiopia

Gambela National Park

Gambela National Park is Ethiopia's greatest wildlife show-in-waiting, and being difficult to get to doesn't change that. It has vast herds of migrating antelope species and what are thought to be sizeable...

National Park in Western Ethiopia

Gibe Sheleko National Park

Gazetted in 2011, the Gibe Sheleko National Park covers 360 sq km of upland plateau, parts of the Gibe River gorge area and patches of endemic forest. The diverse, but rather elusive, wildlife includes 17 mammal...

Forest in The Western Highlands

Menagesha National Forest

One of the prettiest stands of forest in Western Ethiopia, Menagesha National Forest is an easy day trip from Addis. Almost a dozen trails (up to 9km in length) meander through the forest, with one even heading...

Waterfall in Metu

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...

Palace in Jimma

Palace of Abba Jiffar

Looking more out of America’s Wild West than the Kafa kingdom, the increasingly fragile Palace of Abba Jiffar looks as if a strong wind could blow it away. It sits atop a hill 7km northeast of Jimma's town...

Historic Building in Nekemte

Kumsa Moroda Palace

Built by the King of Wolega in the 1870s, the Kumsa Moroda Palace has only recently been opened to the public after long years of neglect. It sits 1km north of the museum and served as residence to the prominent...

Museum in Addis Alem

Museum

Next to St Maryam Church, this museum displays some surprising finds for such a nondescript regional town: crowns and clothing belonging to Menelik and Haile Selassie, as well as relics from the Battle of Adwa...

International in Jimma

Central Jimma Hotel

For a fine view of the bus station, a cold beer and some cheap eats, stick to the hotel's roadside cafe. For shish kebab, chicken Maryland and grilled fish, head to the more upmarket poolside Sennait Restaurant....

Museum in Jimma

Jimma Museum

Admission to the Muuziyemii Jimmaa includes a guided tour in English of the museum's seven small rooms. We don’t want to steal the guide’s thunder (such as it is), but our favourite pieces include a ceremonial...

Museum in Nekemte

Wolega Museum

The remains of an Italian military plane shot down by the Black Lion Patriots in 1935 proudly sits in front of the Wolega Museum. Inside, displays give a good insight into the Wolega Oromo life and culture with...

International in Jimma

Wolde Aregaw & Family Hotel

The wood panelling and calf-skin decor give this a lived-in vibe, and if you’re at a loose end you can watch the satellite TV in the bar while munching on a steak sandwich. Next door, the restaurant serves meals...

International in Jimma

Jimma Degitu Hotel

The faranji food here is quite good (if you remember you’re in Ethiopia) and more varied than elsewhere – think an OK cheeseburger with cold fries. The pizzas are also worthy of mention, but they take forever to...

Birdwatching in Jimma

Boye Dam

Located 5km southeast of Jimma off the road to Addis, the dam has some good birdwatching opportunities, but take the locals’ claims of hippos with a hippo-sized pinch of salt. There are also caves and hot springs...

Mountain in The Western Highlands

Mt Menagesha

According to local tradition, Mt Menagesha (2800) is where many Ethiopian kings’ coronations were held. It’s best accessed from the Ambo road between Addis Ababa and Addis Alem. It is not within the Menagesha...

Church in Addis Alem

St Maryam Church

St Maryam Church is Addis Alem's most interesting building. It stands out for its lavish decoration: the basilica’s exterior, as well as the maqdas (inner sanctuary), is entirely covered with murals.