|Adama / Nazareth|
|Written by Anteneh Tadesse|
|Monday, 26 December 2005|
Adama has a comfortably warm (occasionally a little bit hot) weather, virtually throughout the year and is located about 98 km southeast of Addis Ababa.
Adama ("christened" Nazereth during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie) is one of the fastest-growing business centers in Ethiopia. The surrounding countryside is renowned for its rich brown soil, which is particularly suited for growing some of the best quality teff, from which the injera, the staple bread of a majority of the population, is made.
The drive from Addis Ababa to Adama is comfortable, since there are three towns in between where one can stop and treat oneself to delicious local cuisine and a cool beer or two. The thred town is Dukem where, just at the entrance to the town, one finds a beautifully built retreat with its own accommodations and restaurant services; the second is the town of Bishoftu (also Debre Zeit) with its volcanic lakes; a third, and the last one before Adama, is Mojo, where one can stop for refreshments. The imposing volcanic mountain of Zequala, with its crater lake, is accessible both from Bishoftu and Mojo and, lately, the peak is accessible by a four-wheel drive, meaning one can make it to the monastery on top and back in a day.One of the crossroads of Adama leads out of the town to the hot springs of Sodere, located some 27 km from Adama, with its two naturally heated swimming pools. Sodere, bordering the banks of the Awash River, is a site where one sees crocodiles basking in the sun, Colobus monkeys jumping from tree to tree, and even strolling among visitors for some munchies. A variety of species of indigenous birds sing from an equal variety of species of acacia and other trees.
One could also drive from Adama to the sugar cane estate and site of the sugar-processing factory, only half a kilometer from which one finds Garagadi, home to 16 more hot springs.
Adama's convenience as a tourist resort also lies in its proximity to Addis Ababa, since one can drive out in the morning, enjoy its salubrious weather, and return in the evening to Addis. In fact, this town is more suited for a day-to-a week's relaxation from the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa.
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