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Addis Ababa Travel Guide

Things to do in Addis Ababa

There is plenty to see and do in Addis Ababa - but the journey to the attractions is frequently more interesting than the sights themselves. This is particularly the case should you choose to walk the city and navigate your way to the main museums and buildings yourself. It is probably a good idea to hire a taxi driver for a daily fee and have him drive you around.

You are likely to be offered seats at an alleged ''cultural show'' which takes place at a backstreet restaurant or venue. Refuse these offers - they are the opening bid in a classic scam that ends with a thorough fleecing of their tourist victims. If you do wish to see traditional dancing and music simply dine at any decent and reputable restaurant where such attractions are provided free.

As for Addis Ababa''s mainstream attractions, don''t miss paying Lucy a visit at the National Museum, doing a bit of shopping at the Merkato - largest market in Africa, and seeing the wonderful cultural artefacts in the Ethnological Museum and relics of the early city in the Addis Ababa Museum. Its also worth keeping your eyes open for the numerous concrete Soviet statues and buildings that dot the city. The most overrated attraction in town is the Zoo - avoid it unless drawn to macabre sights.

There is a good tourist information booth off Meskel Square if you need some impartial advice or want a reliable tour guide.

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