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Holiday Houseboys

To fully appreciate Addis Ababa you need to book a Holiday Houseboy, your personal friendly tour guide. He will be able to show you around like a local. Whether you want to see the tourist sites, places off the beaten track or discover new experiences, the Holiday Houseboy is there to help you. He looks after your safety and welfare at all times.


Born in the northern part of Ethiopia, Mulugeta now lives in Addis Ababa. He studied political science and tourism. Currently he works as a teacher in a High School. Mulugeta also works for a travel agency showing tourists the city of Addis Ababa and beyond. Please book Mulugeta by clicking on the green button below.

Mulugeta is a non smoker, and speaks English and Amharic.

Total cost for the guide services of Mulugeta for one day (8 hours) = a non refundable deposit of USD 45 by Paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS USD 70 in cash to Mulugeta after his services. Total 115 US dollars.

Alternatively the cost for the guide services of Mulugeta for half a day (4 hours) = a non refundable deposit of USD 25 by Paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS USD 40 in cash to Mulugeta after his services. Total 65 US dollars.

This does not include transport, entrance fees or any food & beverage costs.

How To Book A Holiday Houseboy

To book any of our Holiday Houseboys please go to the enquiry form.

Or send an email to

Alternatively WhatsApp +94-76-630-1069.

Remember a Holiday Houseboy is your gay friendly tour guide who looks after your safety and welfare at all times.

Please note these are guide services and not sexual services.


Highlights of Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. Its sprawling city is in the Ethiopian Highlands adjacent to the Great Rift Valley. A commercial and cultural hub, it is the place to sell and to play. Its population is over 2.7 million.

Overlooking Addis Ababa is Mount Entoto. Entoto, the city of the same name, was built as the capital. Mainly because of its strategic importance by Menelik II in 1884. However due to the cold climate, lack of firewood and water, the capital was moved to Addis Ababa in 1889.

Addis Ababa also goes by the name “Finfinne” in reference to its hot springs. Indeed in the late 19th century, Empress Taytu Betul and members of her Shewan Royal Court enjoyed taking mineral baths here. The original house of the Empress was extended to convert it into an Imperial Palace in 1887. Interestingly it remains the seat of government even today.

As commerce increased, this brought in many tradesmen and workers for various projects such as the Ethio-Djibouti Railways. From the outset no housing plan was made and people built traditional houses of mud and straw wherever possible. European stone and furnishings started to arrive in 1920s. Thereafter the middle class began to make stone buildings a reality.

Then the Italians arrived
The Italians arrived in 1936. The capital was lucky in that it escaped aerial deployments of mustard gas unlike other Ethiopian cities. The Italians merged Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia to form Italian East Africa until 1941.

Trade routes began linking other Ethiopian cities in the north, to Kenya in the south west and Sudan to the south.

Meanwhile in Addis Ababa, the creation of master plans began to change the shape and direction of city planning. Large boulevards were popular along with large monuments. All without any say from the Ethiopians. Therefore designs were along traditional lines of fascism which was peaking at the time. Indeed they even invited Mussolini to get his approval.

Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the Italians left in 1941. As a result of neglect to the needs of his citizens, there was a lot of social unrest. Protests against famine from the poor were quickly squashed by the authorities. Haile Selassie was out of touch with reality. Finally a group of police officers deposed Haile Selassie. They called themselves Derg, officially the Provisional Military Administration Council (PMAC). Under their rule until 1991, many houses became rental units, thereby easing the city’s accommodation problem.

The Youth Make Their Mark

Now a cosmopolitan thriving city housing Addis Ababa University, the youth of today of Ethiopia create a vibrant arts culture and with the use of new technologies is one the fastest commercial growing entities in the world. Fashion too is important to this city. Discover what the youth of Ethiopia are up to today by booking your Holiday Houseboy for Addis Ababa.

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