Activities and Recreation


Activities and Recreation

  • The possibilities for activities are very extensive, but in the centre stands the unique nature that through the dramatic terrain clearly offers a wide range of activities.

  • Regarding events for the physically active and sporty, there are limitations in that the area is a bit difficult in the vast and dramatic landscape.

  • Learning about this vast area and its possibilities often require more time than the active can boast. Therefore map and specific points can offer a quick way to find highlights within half an hour's walk from Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).

  • Those who want to get a lot of pleasures without demanding efforts of any mountain hike offer the opportunity instead to choose public transport (taxi). By this regular taxi, the route offers easy transportation along the mountain's side that reaches Entoto Park (Z) and within short to the vast high plateau that extends around Entoto Maryam (43) and its society. 

  • Entoto Maryam (43) is here the location for the old Capital where both museums and historic buildings are offered with unique architecture and with an excellent opportunity for leisurely walks. In every direction, this place is charmingly convenient, with traditional buildings at this historic mountain crest and mountain plateau with its former location as the Capital.

  • The sights and activities that otherwise are the most often described with their starting point from the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) including its society (1) can be quite challenging hiking if the purpose is to reach the nearest outer rim of the high plateau at the points (14 - 16). However, caution should follow the choice of the hiking adventure, and this includes both the demandingly rather steep rising terrain but also to a very high degree the thin highland air.

  • The dramatic and historical Entoto mountain massif includes now the newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z), inviting the entire family's expectations to spend time in the pleasant leisure with gardens or exploring many highly inspiring activities.  Here, the landscape's high drama constitutes the adventure's core to be incredibly close with breathtaking miles of mountain ranges and dagger-deep ravines.  The Capital is immediate here but still surprisingly remote through the site's elevated rocky ledge.


  • Entoto Maryam (43) located on the high plateau offers instead a very different terrain. A high plateau with the gentle undulated landscape is here evident, and accessible trails where a terrain vehicle can provide reasonably close contact with the most sights and activities. 

  • However, this choice of a more transport-convenient starting point from Entoto Maryam (43) will also result in a considerable loss of the unique natural drama that hides in the mountain slopes above Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).  This reduction in the wilderness direct nature drama at Entoto Maryam (43) is due to the thoughtfully longing experiences for the natural views of the breathtakingly inviting canyon (35) that rises from Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).  Stunningly beautiful, these harsh but refreshing paths reach gently steep hikes from the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) and Entoto's southern slopes where, along the dizzying ravines, they finally reach the outermost threshold of the high plateau at Bees' Cliff (14)


𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐭 (32)


Detailed Description of the Hiking Trails
Among Purging Water & Seductive Rocks.
Here beneath the sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) are the full experiences of the open valley above this sculptural gully and the river in its captivating formations in absolute contact. With this dramatically graceful and sculptural valley beneath the elevated rock sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32), initiates a very gentle beginning of the Park. This valley, just above the sculptural gully, is the location of these pathways towards many types of activities.

The gateway to adventure and serene dreams.
This valley underneath and to the right of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) offers paths for many very completely enchanting choices. The bridge crossing here is enticingly cosy and in close contact with the mountain, Although, the beauty of the gully attracts for waiting in pleasure, to not risk losing the scene but in a spiritual sense to remain in harmony and fully allow the mind to engulf its sculptural grace.

A graceful invitation to the waiting adventures

Amongst the purging water and the seductively curved river, banks cliffs start here below Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) the attractive options for the continued hiking adventure. Well fragrant and aesthetically unforgettably sensual are these paths from Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley. The gullet is initially more like a gorge just next to the track (5), where the river soon at the mountain rises towards breathtakingly sublime heights of aesthetically unforgettable dream paths.

The Concealed Path of Entoto Kidane Mehret

Hidden behind Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) this path makes a concealed curve below its walls and passing through a small part of the village before the way (5) opens along a deep ravine and finishing with downhill towards a traditional bridge. Here the view opens in a somewhat dramatic beauty with an irresistible cosy river dell where the children play, and laundry dries on the inviting soft and clean, polished rock bed. Thus, this place is an appealing beauty to appreciate already the first steps on the bridge below Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).

Seasons for Hiking and Months for Weather Protection

Water: There must be water available all year round. Most of the brooks dry out sometime during a year. There are, however, a few springs within the Park area, providing water for all seasons.
Rain Season: There are two rainy seasons per year, the small rains from March to May and the big rains from July to September. The highest rainfall intensity occurs in July and August (Demissew, 1988).


The Meandering Streams Above Bees' Cliff


  Bees' Cliff - A rock dwelling beyond time
Photographs of Mountain Brooks and Waterfall.
These photos of water-filled streams and cascading waterfalls are all shot just above Bees' Cliff (14) at Entoto's southern highland plateau - from early October to the beginning of November. It has at the time for all of these active water sports photographs passed about one to two months since the long rain season ended, and it's thereby only purging spring water that fills the waterways.

Seasons for Swimming or Hiking
Despite the period passed from these photos opportunities and the previous rains are over a month, it is still a great asset of bath and fresh spring water flow on the higher ground of Entoto. But maybe for those some hilarious adventures, it would have been even more suitable if they had occurred a month earlier and thus offered an even more fun spontaneous bath activities.



A Great Wildlife View with the Meandering streams.

This place is the invitation to the high plateau, shown in the map below between Bees' Cliff (14) and the wading site with its brook ford (41- 42). Magnificently beautiful, this place appears, shown in the picture just above, with a great panorama view over the meandering stream and many characters in the landscape. When the scene turns south, the abyss Bees' Cliff (14), the ravine is very close, where the river's further gorge meandering (35) becomes intuitively felt through the profound cooling airflow rising from the unknown abyss below the field of view.


The Close encounter with wild Hyena

Wildlife, Canyon and Meandering Streams
By echoes from the past becomes the hiking here an exciting and mysterious experience that appears to trigger forgotten abilities who have been genetically dormant sleeping since many profoundly ancient times.

The Deep Spatial Nature Dream.
Especially startling here is, therefore, the location of this place the tributary (36), which invites to a careful study of Hyenas that much appreciate the site's freshness and natural wealth.


Close Encounter With Playing Baboon Families

While this place is unique in many ways, there are also prudent reservations about the impact people can exert on its nature. Because this site contains not only what is desirable for people but also for wildlife, the result is that a conflict of interest and living space can occur.

The high plateau, its brook, wade and ford crossing (41-42)

This is the beginning of the high plateau where invitingly gentle cliff formations offer this picturesque wade across the stream (35), thus giving the entrance to the path (42) towards Entoto Natural Park (Nursery). This ford crossing usually permits dry rock wade over to the west side of the meandering stream. By this direction, it passes just little besides the natural pools above Bees' Cliff  (14) and then further north through an open forest, before arriving at the Nursery (34).
 

The meandering stream of the high plateau 

This brook represents just here the separation between the eroded road (41) and the continuing trail (42) towards Entoto Natural Park (Nursery). The waterfall at Bees' Cliff  (14) and its hidden vaults are recalled here very close, but the enticing first contact with the scene is yet the gentle stairway of natural rock pools.  When gazing further down from the high altitude of Bees' Cliff, the canyon delivers a dreamlike reminiscent fragrant hint of this nature's serenity while it far below the curtains of the morning's mysterious veils reveals the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) and the Capital.


Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley and its hiking paths


Further Description of the Hiking Paths
A. The Character of Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley.
The square [A] serves as a directed and facilitating figure to more easily find points (5), (22), and (37). This figure [A] configure the outer borders of the valley [A] that constitute the deep and captivating and sculptural gully of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).  This area [A] is the beginning of most of the following hiking trails described.

B. The Invitation to the crossroad of wilderness.
The still gently upward hike shown within the circle (B) includes the points (35), (38), (39), and constitutes both a crossroads of somewhat wild paths but also a beautiful rise in a ledge of some metres threshold. This crossroads is located just to the right of point (38), but regardless of the choice of the hiking paths within the loop point (B), all of these will soon contact the continued walk towards higher positions.



The Map square [A] with its 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲

The valley [A] is located just down the eastern hillside after passing Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and the Sanctuary (32). This somewhat hidden path is an invitational route with many following options and constituted of a concealed way (5) and by a bridge (22) just some steps downhill of the Sanctuary (32). Further, this valley [A] invites to gentle walks towards the place for family picnic and games at the Italian reservoir (19). This underground water technology (19) is easily reached by a gentle undulated and charmingly curved path just at the foot of the mountain and to the right of the square [A]. The bridge crossing here (22) is also the natural path for those who want a more dramatic hike towards the high plateau by first passing point (37) just a few steps upward on the left side.


16. An Ideal Place for the Well-Equipped Family

Description of the High View Point (16)
The high plateau ledge (16) provides pleasant resting places for picnics in social tranquillity which rejoices both the children's spontaneity and those with weekend's vacancy. In pure natural relaxation or incurious studying; this place delivers for them all, where the pure original nature both offer a dreamlike landscape and the fun entertainment place in one and the same high plateau.



A high plateau view of striking beauty and relaxing tranquillity (16)

This serene beauty at view-point (16) is delicately facilitated by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital. Much closer, the inviting native nature of farmhouse (39) within map circle (B) is reminded and not far below even the chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).


The Valley Bottom of Entoto Kidane Mehret and its Gully (22)

The valley bottom within the square (A) shown in the map just above is very near and downhill when passing through the community of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32). The scenery is here very inviting with a brook passing by and a few charming cottages some steps toward the mountainside. The stream (35) is in many ways characterizing the views to the dramatic landscape and cliff formations of the uphill trails. It is an excellent assistant for orientation for the most hiking paths up to the high plateau.


Picnics for the Family and 
Spring Water to the Capital

𝐓𝐡𝐞 Cautious 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 the young 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 (𝟏𝟗)

During the regular rain season, it,s therefore appropriate to enjoy the pleasant and sunny day hours by enjoying the beautifully undulated promenade within a delightful valley and its enchantingly sculptural glen. To reach the site of the Italian built spring water facility (19) is within these requirements and therefore an excellent choice for just the most of activities and nature interest. Entoto Kidane Mehret's inhabitants are bringing their household water from this source. Thus, the company is apparent by playing children and people who are fetching quantities of water to their homes.



 ðð¢ðœð§ð¢ðœ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲

An excellent and cosy invitation to gain an initial practical view of underground reservoirs, water technologies and comfortable little walk is obtained just to the right of the bridge (22at Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). This place also offers an ideal little excursion for the young family on picnics where an open grass pitch offering all kinds of games can be enjoyed, which is breathtaking right beneath the start of the mountain.  The Italian aquifer tapping construction (19) at the site is concealed beneath the landscape. Nevertheless, this mountain water and its belonging technology allure and intrigue here and very near in its labyrinth of waterways of hidden guise but at the same time alluringly close for exploration.

The suitable adventure during the rainy season

While this site (19) offers this required, convenient and exciting beauty and the fact that the tempests usually follow a bound rhythm, its experience in beautiful, cosy daily hours can be both an appealing and irresistible occurrence. However, this rain season adventure provides a conscious behaviour to return the short distance to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) in time before the next thunderstorm.

Bees' Cliff (14)

 Adventure above the Abyss and Grandiose Waterfall with Secret Rock Vault 


Photo: Bees' Cliff, Highland plateau,
Entoto Natural Park, Area No.14.

**CAUTION - Bees' Cliff (14)

Bees' Cliff constitutes a hidden, unknown void, which can become a real danger and, further, does not allow direct, easy proximity from either the east or the west side of the gorge's slopes. These precipitous cliff sides are so seriously too steep that all visual contacts towards the bottom of the abyss are impossible.

14. **Enchanting Lush Attractions Above the Abyss.
In all their nature, of a multi-dimensional, graceful beauty is nevertheless, a false invitation of safety delivered. Through this deceiving natural trickery, the eastern canyon's slope gives an impression of invitingly lush beauty but yet a treacherous one with a fertile green breathtaking threshold, well hiding a shocking void.




Comfortable and Pleasant Hiking Trails

The contact with this old mountain massif becomes here very obvious as it dominating very close with its southern hillside.  Entoto's rising shoulder is here apparent, and from this site (22) with the gully and its valley just beneath Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) presents a landscape with genuinely enticing impressions of graceful and enchanting adventures.

This ancient highland mountain with its secret high plateau of real old serenity lure here intriguingly where it towers in full contact on the opposite side of Entoto Kidane Mehret and its, seductive polished rock-gully bottom (22).

The mountain's mighty hillside is initiating here the first steps of Entoto's threshold and rises majestically over the southern slope. In profound veneration of reverence, it appears to any visitors as it towers above to relatively high altitude. Caution is, therefore, an essential foundation for preparation because the mountain's rise is quite demanding for visitors with otherwise healthy activities from lowland experience.


Towards the Fresh Well-Fragrance of Highland

Despite this somewhat harsh highland air the hiking is entirely captivating and comfortable but require regular rest but also the very essential to drink regularly and this from the brought-with and robust water bottle. However, here underneath in the valley and just after the handcrafted bridge rises the mountain's slope towards Entoto's high plateau continuously upwards towards secret places of pure serenity and this often with views of breathtakingly beautiful hights.


The Rising Shoulder of Entoto's Massif

Here the trails follow a clear direction up to Entoto's high plateau and furthermore including all of these exciting and surprisingly attractive paths along the eastern slope of the river bank; they are effortless to follow in the landscape. This visible clarity in the appearance and selection of trails is apparent here, thanks to the attractive overview of the sculptural introduction towards this very family-friendly gorge (35).

 A  Guiding Canyon Deliver Path Assistance

The open and pleasant contact with the lush hillside of these riverbanks towards the river (35) and its mysterious twilight cleft is here apparent and an excellent place for the well-equipped family. To appreciate this canyon of unforgettably, thrilling adventures is really an adventure but also the most pleasant magical mountain views where cosy picnics places offer an utterly captivating nature.


35. Season Limited Creek Hiking 

This dry creek bed hiking can be an exhilarating experience where the shadows fall mysterious in pesky creatures from the past and concealed cliff space just waiting for the action in a somewhat overwhelming flow of impressions. Observe, the hiking directly in the dry brook bed is only possible if it has elapsed some months since the last rainy season but then offers adventure experiences that are unique to those who may have the courage to surprise a pleasant strenuous Hyena.

The close encounter with wild Hyena

By echoes from the past becomes the hiking here an exciting and mysterious experience that appears to trigger forgotten abilities who have been genetically dormant sleeping since many profoundly ancient times. Especially startling here is, therefore, the location of this place the tributary (36), which invites to a careful study of Hyenas that much appreciate the site's freshness and natural wealth.

Harmonic Currents Along the River

Since all streams around Entoto run-up within a short distance to the highest part of the plateau, there is no risk of being surprised by far and accumulated sudden river flow from an unknown range. There is also no known weakness in the deep rock pools that could constitute a magazine water mass just waiting to break through a weak point in the cliff bottom.

However, be careful and expect even the worse type of scenario, because the animals are wild. Also, the most reliable rock will break if the lousy luck together with very rare and significant earthquake would be coincident.

Safety Preparations & Unique Adventures

Qualifications and care are necessary as the hiking trails are either unusually varied or dramatic in their diversity propagation up to Entoto's high plateau. Depending on the possible risk of injury, fatigue or heart fragility, should not any concealed walk in the dry creek bed be done without company. Still, at least one more person requires in this type of concealed seasonal hiking. At least two litres of water per person in unbreakable bottles is a minimum for these Highlands adventures to Bees' Cliff.


Adventure History
"Entoto's climate during the rainy season was moreover far from pleasant, for it suffered from many storms. A French traveller, Jules Borelli, states that it was a place of much lightning, thunder and fog. At the same time, his compatriot, Charles Michel remarked that ''exposed to the wind, difficult of access, and without drinking water'' (Ibid, p.103)


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Entoto Park (Z)

Entoto mountain's highland includes now invitingly magnificent culture centre and activities that constitute the new Entoto Park (Z). This grandiose adventurous centre high above the Capital form the amazing mountain-dwelling for the whole family's interest in comforting high-spirited culture.

Thus, the historical and captivating alluring Entoto mountain massif includes the newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z), inviting the entire family's expectations to spend time in the pleasant leisure with gardens, art or just exploring many highly inspiring activities.  Here, the landscape's high drama constitutes the adventure's core to be incredibly close with breathtaking miles of mountain ranges and dagger-deep ravines. 


  • The Capital is immediate here but still surprisingly remote through the site's elevated rocky ledge.  This combination of contrast with the Capital and its high mountain park is genuinely something unique globally. Thus, this mountain Park provided the highly inspiring views of altitude and cultural refinement with an attraction of a magnitude to a world centre for culture, activities and research within natural sciences. 

Culture, Adventure and Activities of Seductively Cosy Mountain Palaces. 

In many respects, relaxing activities within Entoto Park (Z) capture the family's real need for dramatic adventures. Yet, this Park is a golden gateway, intriguing and alluring, stimulating to explore the Ethiopian Highland's unknown wilderness. Thus this majestic view of Entoto's mountain massif's original nature, allure with its proximity to the secrets of nature's phenomenon and here delivers this unique opportunity to explore. Concealed within the foundation of the world's ground pillars fulfils the essential purpose of creating an eager will for learning, thanks to the Park's closeness to natural science.  Thus, it delivers a captivating understanding for the family about creating natural and healthy water and other vital biological processes with their scientific background. However, this nature's scientific context is crucial to intellectual processes that form the basis for civilizations' development.


The New Facilities of Entoto Park (Z).
Z. Entoto Park (Inquiries)

The facilities of Entoto Park (Z) are located just below the Entoto Maryam (43).  However, the freshly made Entoto Park is in its first phase of organizational development and challenging to give personal service time.  Despite this, there are probably conditions for direct contact with restaurants at this newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z). These newly built facilities should inform the regulations for special open hours of this very modern and extended center for Entertainment, Culture, Art, Sport Activities and Breathtaking Highlands View of Nature and Mountain.

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Entoto Natural Park (Nursery)
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Entoto Park (Z)
Main Entrance
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45. Beka Freda Ranch
Horseback riding service
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Entoto Park (Z) (Inquiries)

Entoto Kidane Mehret (1)


There is a specific selection of entrances to the different areas of the Park, with their unique nature types, and their purpose is to promote the visitors' interests and enjoyment. These specific enticing choices here include both very relaxing activities but also more wild or cultural. This extensive selection is essential and follows both the family's and nature's way of expressing a desire for health through attractive diversity.

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