Addis Ababa is the highest capital city on the African continent, set at around 8000 feet above sea level. Ethiopia itself is a landlocked, diverse country boasting more than 80 languages and 200 dialects. The Afar desert has areas below sea level, with geological fissures which will form a new ocean in a million more years. The highlands are truly magnificent.
The country is a prime example of the way muslims and Christians can live harmoniously together.
Our home is set within a 780 square metre gated compound, and comprises a main house with two fully equipped studios - ideal for teenagers.
A two-roomed annexe, which we refer to as 'The cottage', although it has no kitchen, provides another quiet place for separate accommodation should you need it.
The house is about 20 years old. The set-up is fully supported by a team of five, who unobtrusively to make sure your every need is catered for - cleaning, cooking, driving, gardening and general logistics. None of the staff lives on site, but there is always someone on hand if needed.
The house has a good reception room, complete with DSTV (satellite) and wireless internet. A beautiful terrace provides a relaxing view over the city, where you can watch (but not hear) the planes landing. Sensational views at night.
What you can hear are the strains of Yeka Michael Orthodox Church, which is situated a short distance below us.
Since access to the house is up a steep, rough road, our vehicle is a Hilux double cabin pickup, with a carryboy (a bakki for those of you from South Africa).
Addis Ababa is a fast-developing city, with many restaurants reflecting the nationalities and cultures of the residents. As the home of the African Union it is the Brussels of Africa.
One of us has spent time in the tourist industry here, and is thus well qualified to advise on visits around the city, the historical northern part of the country and the unique peoples and tribes of the south.
The surrounding area is mixed, but extremely safe. It has a sheep market, mud and chikka traditional housing and gated villas used as bases for NGOs (non-governmental organisations such as OXFAM). About a kilometre away is a fast developing elite area, where athlete Haile Gebrselassie and the Head of the European commission live. A kilometre in the other direction is the largest British Embassy compound in the world, with its 6 hole golf course. Immediately behind us is Yeka mountain, part of the Entoto range, which is used as a training run for our renowned athletes.
Our garden is what I call a motorway service station for birds. Two thirds of the species of birds in the world pass through Ethiopia on their annual travels, and many can be seen for a day or two feeding off the fruit trees in our garden, and then off they go. Bee-eaters, buzzards, parrots, mouse-birds, kingfishers ............ dozens, if not hundreds of species.
At night you can hear the hyenas who live is holes in the ground in the mountain behind. You may be lucky enough to see a gennet cat. We know someone from the British Embassy who took a photo of a leopard sitting on their front door step. A VERY RARE photo opportunity!
We have been associated with Ethiopia for nearly 40 years, and now have the status of 'Investors' in the country, owning a school and running an advice and training company
We have visited over 45 countries of the world, and love meeting people.
Our backgrounds are in education, having both led schools both in Britain and Ethiopia. We have three school projects currently in the city, and there is always something interesting going on.
We would welcome people with the concept of 'Tourism With a Purpose'.
We have delegated much of our work, and so are actively seeking further countries to visit.
We do have two other homes in UK which could also be available, and also mean that non-simultaneous exchanges could be possible.