Activities and Recreation

Activities and Recreation

A Park of Serenity and Resounding Joy

Entoto Natural Park is a unique place to discover the most breathtaking ancient mountain nature, with streams flowing from clear springs and waterfalls. Enclosed by Junipers' fragrance, the view of the Capital opens up in delight through dizzying ravines and waterfalls. Winding streams gently curl and are then hidden mysteriously in high stone arches. Surprises are regular, with exciting places for relaxation and fantastic water activities. Experience the Park with its ability to produce a genuine and powerful creative joy where many families can reunite and rejoice in being free from stress and regaining health, creating irresistible inspiration.

  • The possibilities for activities are extensive, including entertainment (Z), but in the centre stands the unique Nature that offers a wide range of activities through the dramatic terrain.
  • 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 requires more time than the active can boast. Therefore maps 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 many pleasures without the arduous effort of any mountain hike offer the opportunity to choose public transport (taxi) instead. 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 the old Capital's location with museums and historic buildings. This place is charmingly convenient in every direction, with traditional facilities at this landmark mountain crest and mountain plateau with its former Capital. This historic site of the previous Capital offers unique architecture and an excellent opportunity for leisurely walks.
    • The more wild mountainous sights and activities above Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) with extraordinary beauty naturally include pretty challenging hiking.  However, the hiking starting point from the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32), and its society (1), also offers a very family-friendly and comfortable route within the valley [A] at the point (19). On the other hand, if the purpose is to reach the nearest outer rim of the high plateau at the scenes of (14 - 16), caution should follow the choice of the hiking adventure, and this includes both the demanding rather steep rising terrain and a very high degree of the thin highland air.
    • The dramatic and historical Entoto mountain massif now includes the newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z), inviting the entire family to enjoy pleasant leisure with gardens or explore many highly inspiring activities. Here, the landscape's high drama constitutes the adventure's core 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.
    • Thus, Entoto Maryam (43), the old Capital's central area, is located on this historical mountain's high table. Furthermore, the historical site of Entoto Maryam (43) rises just above Entoto Park [Z] and on the same mountain road. After passing all the fascinating facilities of Entoto Park [Z], Entoto Maryam (43) dominates just above and allures to a vast high plateau. Except for the historic and quaint mountain town with restaurants, this high plateau offers surprisingly gentle terrain. A highland with a peaceful undulated landscape is evident, with accessible trails where a terrain vehicle can reasonably close contact with the most sights and activities.

    • However, despite the overwhelming grandeur, this choice of a more transport-convenient starting point from Entoto Maryam (43) will also result in a considerable fervour for the unique natural drama that hides in the dramatic canyon mountainous grandeur 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). These overwhelming but refreshing paths are stunningly beautiful and reach gently steep hikes from the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) and Entoto's southern slopes. Along the dizzying ravines, they finally reach the outermost threshold of the high plateau at Bees' Cliff (14).


    • Note that the mountain range is vast, and the family on an excursion should avoid the tiring adventures tours beyond the line of sight over the landscape of the mountain range. This caution observance in the family's daily route regards the family's well-being and pleasure due to the demanding terrain. This caution is crucial because the impressions from each place are just at the upper limits of what a person can muster. Therefore, Do Not Combine the family today's new mountain adventure on the same day with tiring and exhausting fluttering trips between Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and Entoto Park (Z), including Entoto Maryam 43.

    The Enchanting Valley [A

    Of Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) & (32)

    Detailed Description of the Hiking Trails
    Bees' Cliff 14 assists by the vast map
     loop surrounding points 36 and 41-42

    Among Purging Water & Seductive Rocks.
    Here beneath the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32), are the full experiences of the open valley [A] above this sculptural gully and the river in its fascinating formations in overwhelming contact. 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 for many activities.

    The gateway to adventure and serene dreams.
    This valley [A] underneath and to the right of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) offers paths for many completely enchanting choices. The bridge crossing here is enticingly cosy and in close contact with the mountain. Although the beauty of the gully attracts 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

    The purging waterways and their seductively curved river-banks cliffs start below Entoto Kidane Mehret (32), with attractive options for the continued hiking adventure. Well fragrant and aesthetically unforgettably sensual appears these paths from Entoto Kidane Mehret's (32) valley [A]. Marked in the map as square [A], this valley with its water-dell is initially more like a gorge next to the track (5) but soon becomes gentle and sculptural at the bridge crossing. With this graceful landscape of adorable river gullies, the river's vertical cliff-side soon rises towards breathtakingly sublime heights in the scene of waterfalls and aesthetically unforgettable dream paths.

    Seasons for Hiking and Months for Weather Protection

    Water: Drinking water must be available all year round, and cautious behaviour should prevail since most brooks dry out sometime during the 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 minor 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 shot just above Bees' Cliff (14) at Entoto's southern highland plateau - from early October to the beginning of November. All these active water sports photographs have passed about one to two months since the long rain season ended. Hence the brooks and waterfalls from the season in these photos only contain chilly and purging spring water that fills the waterways.

    Seasons for Swimming or Hiking
    Despite the period passed from these photo opportunities and the last rains being 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 hilarious adventures, it would have been even more suitable if they had occurred a month earlier and thus offered 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 circle (14) with the dramatic beauty and cliff-hanger Bees' Cliff, located within the centre of the map's sphere (14). The wading site of the high table with its brook ford (41- 42) is situated in the upper part of the map circle (14). 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. Especially startling here is, therefore, the location of this place, the tributary (36), which invites a careful study of Hyenas that much appreciate the site's freshness and natural wealth.

    The Deep Spatial Nature Dream

    Wildlife, Canyon and Meandering Streams
    By echoes from the past, hiking here is an exciting and mysterious experience that triggers forgotten and prehistoric abilities that have been genetically dormant, sleeping within the most precious heritage since the human's profoundly ancient times. Thereby, the most inspiring joy and health factors of the population's DNA find their source and the pleasure of their being becomes activated.

    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 what is desirable for people and 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 to wade to the west side of the meandering stream. This direction passes just a 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 within the map circle (14) 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 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. While the area within the lower part of the circle (14) is lovely and gentle, the continuing upper direction of this canyon is directly dangerous. The alert sign within the map circle (B) is somewhat apparent and requires only staying away from the vertical precipice. 

    Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley

    Natural Beauty & Picnics [A]

    Bees' Cliff 14 requires caution in the canyon but
    assisting by the wide map loop surrounding the
     gentle and fascinating 
    points 36 and 41-42
    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] configures the outer borders of the valley [A] that constitute the captivating and sculptural gully within the invitingly open valley of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).  This area [A] is the beginning of most of the following hiking trails described. The sign of [CAUTION] is regarding the map circles (B) and (14).

    B. The Invitation to the crossroad of wilderness.
    The still, gently upward hike shown within the circle (B) includes points (35), (38), and (39) and constitutes both a crossroads of somewhat wild paths but also a beautiful rise on a ledge of some metres threshold. This crossroads is located just to the right of point (38) within the circle (B), 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. Alerts for precipices within the circles (B) and (14).

    Mountain Maps & Alerts

    The Assistance of Path Directions [A] - (B) - (14)

    The superficial water-conducting metal pipe (37) - [A] assists the mountain hike where its apparent suitability begins on the slope above the valley [A]. This place is easily reached from below the valley [A] with comfortable passing between a couple of cottages before it continues and reaches a gentle high level on the mountain's shoulder. 

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    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 gentle walks toward the family picnic and games at the Italian reservoir (19). This underground water technology (19) is easily reached by an inviting, undulated and charmingly curved path just at the foot of the mountain and to the square's right [A]. The bridge crossing here (22) is also the natural path for those who want a more dramatic hike towards the high plateau by the 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 vacancy. This place delivers a serene sanctuary for them all in pure natural relaxation or incurious studying. The pristine original Nature offers a dreamlike landscape and a fun entertainment place on one and the same high plateau.

    A high plateau view of striking beauty and relaxing tranquillity

    This serene beauty at the viewpoint (16) is delicately facilitated by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital. Much closer, the inviting native Nature of the farmhouse (39) and the Italian fortification (38) - within map circle (B) where it appears a theatrical view and potential dangerous abyss a few metres to the south of the path. Still, from these high places is reminded and not too far below even the spiritually chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).

    The Valley of Entoto Kidane Mehret and its River-dell

    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 inviting, with a brook passing by and a few charming cottages some steps toward the mountainside. The canyon with its stream (35) is, in many ways assisting the orientation of the landscape, characterizing the dramatic views in the landscape of both hidden cliff formations and charmingly lofty uphill trails. Thus, this sculptural canyon (35) is an excellent assistant for direction for most hiking paths up to the high plateau.

    Picnics and 
    Spring Water to the Capital

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    Therefore, during the regular rain season, it s appropriate to enjoy the pleasant and sunny day hours by enjoying the beautifully undulated promenade within a delightful valley and its enchantingly sculptural river dell. The Italian-built spring water facility (19) is within these young family requirements and, therefore, an excellent choice for most activities and nature interests. Entoto Kidane Mehret's inhabitants are bringing their household water from this source. Thus, the company is apparent by playing with children and people fetching quantities of water to their homes.

    Picnic and play for the young family.

    An excellent and cosy invitation to gain an initial practical view of underground reservoirs, water technologies and a comfortable little walk within the valley [A] is obtained just to the right of the bridge (22) at Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). This place also offers an ideal little excursion for the young family on picnics where they can enjoy an open grass pitch offering all kinds of games, which is right beneath the start of the breathtakingly beautiful mountain. In secrecy, just at the foundation of the rising hillside is the Italian aquifer tapping construction (19), where its concealed guise appears pleasantly discrete beneath the landscape. Thus, this mountain water and its belonging technology allure and intrigue here and near in its labyrinth of hidden impressions but simultaneously alluringly close for exploration.

    The suitable adventure during the rainy season

    While this site (19) offers this required, convenient and exciting beauty and the tempests usually follow a bound rhythm, its experience in beautiful, cosy daily hours can be both appealing and irresistible. 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.

    Adventure above the Abyss

    Grandiose Waterfall and Secret Rock Vault

    [CAUTION] - Precautionary Commitments

    **CAUTION - Bees' Cliff (14)

    Bees' Cliff constitutes a hidden, unknown void, which can become a real danger and 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 toward the bottom of the abyss are impossible.

    14. **Enchanting Lush Attractions Above the Abyss.
    In all their Nature, 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 a treacherous one with a fertile green breathtaking threshold, hiding a shocking void.

    Comfortable and Pleasant Hiking Trails

    The contact with this old mountain massif becomes evident as it dominates closely with its southern hillside. Entoto's rising shoulder is apparent here. The captivating river-dell with the gully and its valley [A] just beneath Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) presents a landscape with genuinely enticing impressions of graceful and enchanting adventures. This ancient highland mountain with its remote high plateau of authentic old serenity lure here intriguingly. It towers in alluring contact on the opposite side of Entoto Kidane Mehret and its seductive polished rock-gully bottom (22) - [A].

    The Rising Shoulder of Entoto's Massif

    Here the trails follow a clear direction up to Entoto's high plateau. Furthermore, they include all these exciting and surprisingly attractive paths along the eastern slope of the river bank (B); 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 to this very family-friendly gorge (35) - (B).

    [CAUTION] - A Mountain of Ordeals

    [CAUTION] - A Mountain of Ordeals
    and Grandiose Beauty
    The mountain's mighty hillside initiates 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 a relatively high altitude. Caution is an essential foundation for preparation because the mountain's rise is quite demanding for visitors with otherwise healthy activities from the lowland experience.

    Towards the Fresh Well-Fragrance of Highland.
    Despite this somewhat harsh highland air, the hiking is captivating and comfortable but requires regular rest and is essential to drink regularly from the brought-with and rugged water bottle. However, here underneath in the valley [A] and just after the handcrafted bridge rises the mountain's slope towards Entoto's high plateau continuously upwards towards secret places of pure serenity, often with views of breathtakingly beautiful heights.

    A Guiding Canyon Deliver Path Assistance.
    The open and pleasant contact with the lush hillside of these riverbanks towards the river (35) - (B) and its mysterious twilight cleft is apparent and an excellent place for the well-equipped family. To appreciate this canyon is unforgettable, even thrilling in adventures and often with the most pleasant magical mountain views where cosy picnic places offer an utterly captivating nature.

    35 - (B) Season Limited Creek Hiking 
    This dry creek bed hiking can be an exhilarating experience. 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. Observing: hiking directly in the dry brook bed is only possible if it has elapsed some months since the last rainy season. Hence, hiking within this deep cleft (B) - (14) in the dry season offers adventure experiences unique to those who may have the courage to surprise a pleasant strenuous Hyena.

    The Concealed Path of Entoto Kidane Mehret.

    Hidden behind Entoto Kidane Mehret (32), this path makes a concealed curve below its walls. It passes through a small part of the village before the way (5) opens along a deep ravine and finishes downhill towards a traditional downhill 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, clean, polished rock bed. Thus, this place is an appealing beauty to appreciate the first steps on the bridge below Entoto Kidane Mehret (32).

    Entoto Park (Z)

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

    Thus, the historical and captivating Entoto Natural Park and the alluring Entoto mountain massif include the newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z). This mountainous location and elevated centre for pleasure and activities invite the entire family 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 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 contrast with the Capital and its high mountain park is genuinely something unique globally. Thus, this mountain Park provided 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. 

    Entoto Park (Z) 's relaxing activities capture the family's fundamental need for dramatic adventures in many respects. 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, 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, with their scientific background, it delivers a captivating understanding for the family about creating natural and healthy water and other vital biological processes. 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)

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

    [ Free ] - [ Entrance Fee ]

    The entrance is free but if you're coming in your own car the parking outside: 15-20 birr per hour. However, although the Park's Nature is free to visit, the entertainment and amusement activities are usually not accessible. Furthermore, do not forget your id card or passport.


    Entoto Park Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -
    Gate of Paradise


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    Entoto Natural Park (Nursery)
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    Entoto Park (Z)
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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 very relaxing activities and 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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