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Menagesha National Forest and Born Free Sanctuary

Protected by imperial decree since the 15th century reign of Zara Yaqob, Menagesha is the most substantial indigenous forest in the vicinity of Addis Ababa.

A network of footpaths provides an opportunity to see black-and-white colobus monkey, Menelik’s bushbuck, and endemic birds such as yellow-fronted parrot, black-winged lovebird, banded barbet and Abyssinian catbird.

Easily visited en route to Menagesha, the Born Free Sanctuary doubles as a natural refuge for indigenous birds and small mammals, and a shelter for rescued and orphaned animals, notably some impressive Abyssinian lions.