Three Days Trip to Visit the walled City of Harar

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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Cultural guided tour to visit the historical Muslim town of Harar

Three days trip by drive from Addis Ababa to visit the old, cultural and lively town of Harar (16th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site). Harar is the fourth holiest city of Islam next to Mecca, Medina and Jeruralem. Visits of Harar includes meeting the "Hyena Man" who feeds wild hyenas by hand every night at one of the gates of Harar.

During this trip visitors will also see a crater lake of Bishotu which is famous for its bird life, visit the biggest Chat (mild stimulant chewed) Market in Ethiopia at Aweday, and if interested visitors may visit the Chat Chewing and Coffee Ceremony at Harar.

NB - I can customize the tour to fit visitors' interests in including visits of Awash National Park and Dire Dawa, or by using domestic flights of the Ethiopian Airlines to Dire Dawa and drive to Harar.



Day 1 - Drive 525 km east of Addis to Harar - the walled town of Harar which dates back to the 16th Century AD. Harar is an old and walled city of 1 sq km area which is the fourth holiest city of Islam next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Harar is where the largest concentration of Mosques in the World is found at. It shelters more than 87 mosques in 1 Sq Km. Along the route to Harar, visitors stop at the villages of the people of Oromo, and at the most scenic viewpoints. Overnight - Private House or Ras Hotel
Day 2 - Visit the multicultural market of Harar which is attended by the people of Amhara, Oromo, and Harari (Adere), the traditional house of the people of Harari (Adere), the House of the famous late 19th French poet - Arthur Rimbaud, the panoramic view of Harar, walls and gates of Harar, and in the eveninig visit the Heyna Man. O/N - Private House or Ras Hotel
Day 3 - Drive back to Addis visiting the biggest Chat(mild Stimulant) MArket at Aweday

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up from where you are Addis Ababa - the airport, any hotel or any other location. If we are to meet at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the exact meeting point is after you get out of the terminal (building), to your left you'll see a long walking steps between two big trees. I'll be waiting you there with a sign of your name.
See you there!

End location: End location can be any hotel, guest house, living apartment or the airport in Addis as client's request

Duration: 3 days


For the drive to Harar and back we use an air conditioned Toyota Minibus of 2014/2015 Model. To explore the city of Harar we can walk and drive

What’s Included

The price mentioned includes :-
- Professional English Speaking guide (My time as your guide and personal assistant) with all my expenses,
- Private comfortable Toyota Minibus of 2014 Model equipped with air conditioning and seat belts,
- Insurance, fuel and driver's allowance,
- All local guides and translators,
- Bottled water in the vehicle,
- And, all related government taxes

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) - A maximum of 4,000 Ethiopian Birr per person for meals, entrance (admission) fees to visit the places mentioned, accommodation, etc.

Note - Please, contact me if you want the all inclusive tour price.

Local businesses and places of visits prefer to be paid in cash with the local Ethiopian currency.

1 US Dollars ~ 27 Ethiopian Birr

There is a possibility of price increases any time.

What’s Extra

Price does NOT include:-
- Accommodations
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance (admission) fees
- Any alcoholic drinks
- Fees to take pictures
- And, any expense which is not mentioned in the 'Included' list above

Note - Local businesses prefer to be paid in cash with the local Ethiopian currency

(1 USD ~ 27 ETB)


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