Entoto Natural Park

The Hidden Treasure at the Mountain's Shoulder

This place is the work area of many endeavours; Entoto's High plateau appears among adorable Juniper hills and dreamlike meadows. Ultimately, beyond the horizon of golden fields, this landscape of forgotten dreams reveals its southern border in the abyss Bees' Cliff (14). Here it shows very soon; the beautiful path (42) to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34, where the massive work has elapsed with nature restoration for many years.

Geographical Situation

Addis Ababa is situated 9° north of the equator in central Ethiopia. On the mountain of Entoto, the Park area extends from the northern edge of the city, at an altitude of 2 600m and further north over the mountain crest at almost 3 100 m. From several spots, there is the splendid outlook over the sprawling city and the five high solitary mountains, in the southwest to the southeast (Menagesha, Wachecha, Furi Zukuala and Yerer).

Entoto's High Plateau with an
 Unknown Origin of the Giant
View from Entoto's mountain ridge.
Facing north from the top ridge, one looks out over vast plains, towards Sululta and some bare mountains. The mountain crest on which the Park is located forms a big water divider. The northern slope drains into the Blue Nile, and the precipitation from the southern slope will end up in the Awash River. This has the curious result that two raindrops falling at the same time just a few centimetres apart will have quite different destinies: one will, after a long journey, reach the Mediterranean Sea, whereas the other will pass through the city of Addis Ababa, eventually evaporating in the Danakil Desert, as the Awash River never reaches the sea.

Entoto Natural Park is United with the Capital's Highland.
The lower part of the Park adjoins Addis Ababa's northern outskirts, at the district known as Shero Meda (Shiromeda). Coming from the central parts of the city, the Entoto Avenue leads up to the school of Kuskuam in the north of Shero Meda and further along the border of the Park to the Church of Entoto Maryam (Hรฅkan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995).

Shero Meda (Shiromeda) -  Central Station for Bus and Taxi
Shero Meda (Shiromeda) also allows the most convenient access to Entoto Park (Z) and Entoto Maryam (43), located on Entoto's plateau. This community in the Capital's northern district offers a central station for other taxi and bus services to the Capital's city centre and a direct taxi connection to Entoto Maryam (43) and Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). However, the town and station Shero Meda is close enough to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) to offer a pleasant walk to Entoto Natural Park. 

Brilliant Culture Palaces for the Whole Family.
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 is challenging to give personal service time. Despite this, there are excellent conditions for direct contact with restaurants and entertainment 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 centre for Entertainment, Culture, Art, Sport Activities and Breathtaking Highlands View of Nature and Mountain. 

Accommodation and Food Services
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Entoto Natural Park is a unique place to discover the most breathtaking ancient mountain nature with streams flowing from clear springs and waterfalls. Surprises here are regular with both exciting places for relaxation and fantastic water activities. 

The Nature of Dreams with Palaces as Glowing Gates.
Enclosed by Junipers' fragrance, the Capital's view opens up here through dizzying ravines and waterfalls. Winding streams here gently curl and are then hidden mysteriously in high stone arches. Experience the Park with its ability to produce a genuine and powerful creative joy where many families can reunite and rejoice in being together with unique activities and enjoyment.

1. Entoto Kidane Mehret Church and Community
Although this rock-based sanctuary (32) and society (1) towers within the Capital's northern boundaries and mountain massifs, it seems to be remarkably preserved and well above all stressful whims. Also, this Church and Monastery (32) are astonishing hidden, tucked into the mountain massif rising shoulder where perception arises very soon to be careful because precipices and gullies take over immediately when you just move away from a little piece of this remarkable protective town. The quaint village of Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) creates here a harmonic embrace of the extensive and impressive Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32) Monastery and Sacred Water Source (31), Juniperus procera Forest (indigenous) 30.

An Invitation to the Park of Grandeur
Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) - A Mountain-based Station for Bus and Taxi
Although Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) is quite highly located and appears distant due to its height above the Capital, it's equipped with a station for regular bus and taxi traffic. The Capital's buses and local taxis regularly have Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) as the final location within the Park.

Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) Sanctuary (32)
Here the Capital's buses and local taxis regularly are waiting at the Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) with the shade of large native trees. While the cab again turns downhill, a mighty native Juniper forest appears (30) with its concealed sacred spring. The taxi arrives within a few minutes in the Shero Meda (Shiromeda) station and society and the further the more central part of the Capital.

Guest Houses, Hotels and Restaurants.
Although Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) offers cosy shops and restaurants, Hotel and Guesthouse are missing. However, to reach well-established hotels will only require 20 minutes walk downhill from Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) at Shero Meda (Shiromeda) community. The more elaborate and brilliant amusements and restaurants for tourism are Entoto Park (Z) and the day hours and their activities. Thanks to the area's progress, it is an excellent opportunity to find cosy Bed & Breakfast and even newer hotels up to some miles north or east of Shero Meda's (Shiromeda) centre. With a regular taxi, this selection of amenities emerges along the mountain's slope and even in the old historical Capital's neighbourhood at Entoto Maryam (43). These facilities appear towards the high plateau, from Shero Meda (Shiromeda) towards Entoto Park (Z) and Entoto Maryam (43), or even further towards the mountain massif of Entoto Natural Park.

Entoto Kidane Mehret Church, Sanctuary, Monastery and Sacred Water.

Elevated Protectorate

Entoto Kidane Mehret is a very dedicated and appealing mountain town but should more precisely be described as a profoundly religious Sanctuary and Protectorate of Nature and Inhabitants.

A graceful invitation to the waiting adventures. 
These paths begin invitingly near the Sanctuary (32) and a gentle overview thanks to their location in the valley [A]. With a character of beach curved rocks in harmonious wave formations, this place evokes the feeling of a gateway to serene and forgotten dreams. Despite this soft celestial glow of seductive impressions from forgotten aeons, the valley [A] of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) is yet a place where children play, and the laundry dries on the inviting soft and clean, polished rock bed. This river-dell is a real tempting beauty to appreciate the first steps on the bridge (22) below Entoto Kidane Mehret (32). 

2. Shops for Picnics and Adventures

The most necessary for the Park's experience and picnics and candy shop (2) is across the bus stop from the community of Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). Early in the dawn hours, there are further possibilities of other shops at the beginning of the Juniper forest, just next to the health spring with its associated buildings (31).

A hidden path between the Sanctuary and the gorge. 
The trail runs attractively hidden behind Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) in a concealed curve below its wall and passes through a small village part. On the upper ledge, path (5) opens far above and along a deep ravine within a valley [A] and finishes downhill towards a traditional bridge. This valley [A] is the location for most of these path alternatives for further hiking adventures. 

Entoto Kidane Mehret's valley and its hiking paths

Further Description Regarding 
The Contents of the Map
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) which are located within square [A]. Thus, this figure [A] confines the outer borders of the valley at Entoto Kidane Mehret (32). This valley constitutes the beginning of most of the following hiking trails described and initiates a northern route at point (19).

B. The Invitation to the crossroads of the wilderness.
The still gently upward hike shown within the circle (B) includes the points (35)(38)(39), and constitutes both crossroads of somewhat wild paths but also a beautiful rise in a ledge of some metres threshold. These crossroads are located just to the right of point (38) and are visually assisted in the hillside by the loop figure (B),

A Great Plateau Ledge for View and Activities 
Arriving at the high viewpoint (16) is very convenient, as the substantial rise upwards offers some beautiful and exciting rests with magnificent scenery, including historical surprises with old Italian fortifications (38) within the map circle (B) and indigenous trees of a surprising dignified furrowed patina.

Highland & Canyon Routes above Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32)
Thus, there are several very different paths choices within the circle (B), where they rise gently upward to the river's right (35), starting within the loop (B) and continue on the hillside of this thrilling canyon. Locate the gentle beginning of this canyon route in the slope within the ring (B), and here the paths continue uphill, very close to circle (B) and the point (38). The routes also become enriched by a more thorough, independent trail acquaintance, consistent by a full south-eastern to north-western eroded soil road (41) located just to the right of points (14 - 16).

Multiple Trails from the Sanctuary of  Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32)
The Sanctuary of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) offers several different paths uphill for a great variety of mountain adventures. Just here at Entoto Kidane Mehret and its bridge (22) starts the options of routes with either a start from (37) within map square [A] or even (19) is a lovely way to these natural pools just above Bees' Cliff (14).

A Great Wildlife View with the Meandering streams

Nature Pools, the Plateau of Bees' Cliff (14)
Close Encounter With Playing Baboon Families (14)
hile this place is unique in many ways, there are also 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.

Dramatic Views above Rocks of the Lost Aeons.
However, this is overall the reason for the attraction of the place. This place creates ideal wildlife habitats that naturally utilise this rich, three-dimensional diversity in water and rock formations thanks to the varying and dramatic scenery.

The paths up to Bees' Cliff (14) offer several options; the northern hillside of the tributary gorge (36), the southern slope of (38-39) - (15-16) and (41).

A canyon of adorable beauty and lush greenery.

Independent opinion or perception of these alternative trails, they are all so surprisingly beautiful and varied that they offer far greater entertainment than could be expected in comparable memories or impressions from the other nature types around the Capital. This stunning beauty of the Park is withheld even compared to the charming countryside of Ethiopia's with its beautiful Highland scenery. Within this magnificent canyon of seductively living shadows and its soft light appear all the paths. However, the different routes are so surprisingly beautiful that visitors never are at risk without all types of genuine and vitalizing surprises.

An invitation of fragrance and crisp freshness.

With a pleasant crisp freshness, visitors are invited with the flavouring fragrance of mighty native Juniper forests and overwhelming vegetation. Thus, this dramatic landscape assists the visitors with thrillingly inspiring canyon routes, which effortlessly captures all the attention that gives both social pleasures and surprises.

An Ideal Place for the Well-Equipped Family.
This location (16) provides pleasant resting places for picnics in pleasant tranquillity and contemplation about the unique nature, which is facilitated easily by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital far below the southern slopes. Much closer, the farmhouse is reminded and not far below even the spiritually chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).

14.  Bees' Cliff - A rock dwelling beyond time

Detailed Route Descriptions of the Maps
A magnificent magic shadow world veiled by time beyond memories.
Here in this enticing deep underworld of shadows and greenery, this treacherous luring cliff vault and abyss gives a home to pure magic twilight where Ravens reside and invite to pleasant arts of flights as well as approaches in playful jacket pinching mischiefs.

The ancient place with breathtaking perspective.
With dramatic beauty, this place attracts an exciting approach to exploring an unknown world of nature where environments in this wonderfully excitingly secret dwelling since the beginning of time in the rock formation created scary deep underground gaps and hidden rock chambers amid their surrounding waterfalls.

Grandiose scenarios in the trails of the canyon's slopes.

These trails are all characterized by the unique and dramatic slopes at the canyon (35). The options of routes are here beautifully inspiring and often in contact with each other, allowing another choice of a path by a relaxing return or to an intersection towards an alternative height above the gorge. This option might follow the river's shoreline (35) or even at the slope's upper plateau ledge.

** However, it is clear that the canyon's slopes in some places are too steep to allow a confrontation with a vertical commitment. Still, these dramatic views offer extra entertainment in wildlife scenarios, thus giving the walks an extraordinary value.

16. Among breathtaking Views and Juniper Giants' care.

These magnificent and powerful Juniperus procera trees appear here in a near park-like setting, inviting to reverence. Thus, here their mighty guise entices the youth's forgotten dreams to emerge from the mist of enchantment, to be evoked once more beyond the days of old.  Yet, and even more, they are real and seem to invite to this mighty green room for the cosiness in pleasure and picnics. With their furrowed pillars and lofty hall of green crowns, they appear here on the outer edge of the high plateau. Indeed, they seem to originate from a historical high-culture even though they are here and very near just a minute walk uphill. Then, when gazing down the landscape, like in the photo below, along the well-undulated slope towards Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and the Capital, the view is already well decorated with native well-matured Juniperus procera trees. On the corresponding side, behind and to the east, is hidden the over 50-year-old forest of wild and original Juniper trees (40) that provides a unique insight into how nature emerged before the Eucalyptus trees arrived from Australia over 100 years ago.

16. The resting place from the era of dreams.

When arriving at this high altitude, on the threshold of the high plateau (16), the appearance delivers many unique impressions, and one of the more captivating surprises is this group of impressive, majestic Juniper trees. The more ancient Juniper trees in this area are just behind this photo view shown below, and they are here still concealed from the camera, behind and uphill, on the southern ridge of the high plateau. When gazing in the photo direction towards the dim-capped Capital far below, these trees are back and upward but yet their guise invitingly very near.

Viewpoint No.16, towards the Capital with more than 50 years old indigenous Juniperus procera trees

Memories and Dreams of the Venerated History.

Emerging through history like its most dignified herald, they offering advisory paths in gentle splendour. Magnificent in serenity, their patina from a still veiled and glorious era allure with its silent advisory grandeur and delightful elusive stamina. Powerful and sculptural are their branches, as the arch and gateway to a secret kingdom, evoking the noble resurrection of humankind's consciousness. Thus, these trees of the revered era impressively rise their furrowed pillars and producing silent veneration for organisms from an almost forgotten noble world. Well-tempered through aeons in mighty silence, they relieve the worn-out souls from the worries and pettiness. They emerge through the mist of the history in the guise of real living entities, with the stamina of awe-inspiring antiquity. Yet, irresistible seductive in secret vitality, alluring in their serene surprise, these trees from the lost aeons express their ancient legacy.

Accommodation: Shero Meda (Shiromeda) 

A well-established community for transportation and amenities 

This society also constitutes the central station for the northern hillside of the Capital and includes regular arriving taxi and bus services to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and Entoto Maryam (43). However, the town and station Shero Meda is close enough to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) to offer an excellent walk. The two choices of travel routes starting from Shero Meda centre and continuing up the hill towards Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) or Entoto Park (Z) and further Entoto Maryam (43) offer here some small and inviting neighbourhoods. At this outer boundary of Shero Meda are shown a few streets where the roads up to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1), Entoto Park (Z) and Entoto Maryam (43) are joined, providing convenient access to amenities up to some miles north of Shero Meda's centre.

The Cautious Choice for Families: Entoto Kidane Mehret (1), Entoto Maryam (43), Entoto Park (Z).

Regarding Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) during the rainy season, it is,s therefore, appropriate to enjoy the Sanctuary (32) and the site's facilities (1). The young families' picnics are entirely cosy with the beautifully undulated promenade to the Italian built spring water facility (19). Entoto Kidane Mehret's (1) inhabitants are bringing their household water from this source. Therefore the company is apparent by playing children and people fetching quantities of water to their homes.

CAUTION: Use the Camera with

 Extreme Caution in Contact with Precipices.

Grandiose Attractions Above the Abyss
CAUTION: Dramatic Distances and High Altitudes.
Besides, Entoto Kidane Meret Sanctuary (32) with its Church and Monastery is astonishing hidden, tucked into the mountain massif's rising shoulder, dizzying perception arises very soon, and demands care for young families. This observance is evident because dramatical views display spectacularly beautiful landscapes over the location of gorges, precipices and gullies.

Demanded Harness in Contact with Abyss. 
These unique impressions give a somewhat hazardous situation with confusing camera handling and keeping the feet away from the abyss. The importance of security precautions occurs rather immediately when you move away from a little astray of this cosy Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) mountain town and Sanctuary (32).

[CAUTION] - A Mountain of Ordeals.

Note that the mountain massif is vast, and the family on an excursion should avoid the tiring adventure 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. 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. This caution is crucial because the impressions from each place are just at the upper limits of what a person can muster.

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