Guided Cultural Experience from Addis Ababa to the UNESCO World Heritage of Harar Town
This is 3 days tour by drive from Addis Ababa and flying back to Addis is mainly to visit the old, cultural and lively town of Harar (16th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site). Enjoy the scenery along the way to Harar, visit the villages of the local Oromo people, indulge yourself with a full day cultural tour of Harar, and drive in the modern desert city of Dire Dawa.
Tour of Harar includes sharing experiences with the local Harari (Adere) people, visiting the cultural market of the Harari, Oromo, and Amhara people, admiring the architecture of the five gates of Harar and the stone walls (16th Century AD), visiting shrines and mosques of Harar. The LIVE "Hyena Man" Show as he feeds wild hyenas by hand at one of the gates of Harar is part of the tour of Harar.
NB - I can customize the tour by including visits of Awash National Park, the weekly Monday and Thursday Camel market of Babile, and Dire Dawa.
PLEASE, CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING THE TOUR IN ORDER TO CHECK AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL FLIGHT
Day 1 - Drive 525 km east of Addis to the walled town of Harar (UNESCO registered World Heritage and 16th Century AD). Harar is an old and walled city of 1 sq km area which is the fourth holiest city of Islam after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Harar, with its 99 mosques in the enclosure, is where World's largest concentration of Mosques is found at. 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 evening visit the Hyena Man. O/N - Private House or Ras Hotel
Day 3 - Visit the biggest Chat (mild Stimulant chewed) Market at Aweday, drive to Dire Dawa and take flight ET 205 (15:30 - 16:30) to Addis Ababa.
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 we use an air conditioned Toyota Minibus of 2017 Model. To explore the city of Harar we can walk and drive. And we fly back to Addis Ababa from Dire Dawa
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
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.
- Personal Expenses