Starting from $150 per person [1]

3 days touring

Travel by Private Car & Internal Flights

Tour Available: All year round

Meals: 2 Breakfasts; 2 Lunches; 2 Dinners; [2]

Fitness level required: Low

This short tour is a great chance to see the walled city of Harar in just a few days.

Harar is different to any other Ethiopian city, a walled town, with over 360 twisting and winding alleys squeezed into 1 square kilometre. Harar is the Islamic capital of Ethiopia and the fourth most important city in the Islamic World. It is crammed with mosques, colourful markets, coffee shops and crumbling walls.

On the tour you will get a chance to stay in a local Harari guesthouse, explore the old walled city and checkout the local wildlife attractions- including the  Hyena men of Harar.

The price of the tour does not include the cost of return flights from Addis Ababa.

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The Walled City of Harar – 3 Day Tour

Day 1: Addis Ababa / Dire Dawa / Harar

Take a short internal flight from Addis Ababa to the western town of Dire Dawa. From the airport, private transfer for around 1 hour to the ancient city of Harar.

On route, stop off at the town of Aweday to see Ethiopia’s largest “chat” market.

Once we arrive in Harar, you will get a chance to stroll through the 16th century walled part of the old town. Harar is the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  During our stroll, we will visit the home of Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a “gun-runner” during the 19th century.

That evening, stay in Anisa Guesthouse, the home of a local Harari women.

Meals Included on this Day

Lunch & Dinner

Plane & Private Vechicle

Addis Ababa - Harar

Quick internal flight followed by a transfer in the comfort of a private vechicle.

Overnight at: Anisa Guesthouse [3]

Day 2: Harar

After breakfast, take a trip to see the colorful Islamic market and their selection of local spices and clothes. After visiting the market, tour the National and Harari museums before visiting the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie.)

After lunch, drive 25km south of Harar to see the Babile elephant sanctuary (also known as the Harar wildlife sanctuary.

In the evening see the “Hyena Men” of Harar feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town.

Harar Wildlife Sanctuary

Harar

The Harar Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as the Babille Elephant Sanctuary) is a protected area in located 25km south of Harar. The Sanctuary was created to for the conservation of the native elephant sub-species, and is also home to around 400 elephants.

The Hyena Men of Harar

Harar

Just outside, the city of Harar, there are a group of men who have a unique relationship with the local hyena population. The ‘hyena men’ feed the hyenas by mouth, using pieces of raw meat provided by spectators. According to local folklore, the feeding of hyenas in Harar originated during a 19th-century famine, during which the starving hyenas began to attack livestock and humans.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at: Anisa Guesthouse [3]

Day 3: Harar / Dire Dawa / Addis Ababa

After breakfast, drive from Harar to Dire Dawa to get your flight back to Addis Ababa.

Once we arrive back in Addis Ababa, the program will finish.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast

Plane & Private Vechicle

Harar - Dire Dawa - Addis Ababa

Quick internal flight followed by a transfer in the comfort of a private vechicle.


Points to note:

[1] The "price per person" amount is a guide price only. Please submit a quote request for a more definite price.

[2] The price for meals includes a soft drink / water plus tea and coffee with each meal. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased at an extra cost.

[3] Hotels listed on individual days of the tour will be booked where possible but may be changed subject to availability.

Starting from $150 per person

3 days touring

Travel by Private Car & Internal Flights

Tour Available: All year round

Meals: 2 Breakfasts; 2 Lunches; 2 Dinners;

Fitness level required: Low

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting and finishing point for the tour.

Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa International Airport, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Airport for access to Harar

Harar

Harar, Harari, Ethiopia

The ancient city of Harar

Harar Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as the Babille Elephant Sanctuary)

Harar Wildlife Sanctuary, East Hararghe, Oromia, Ethiopia

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I highly recommend booking Alexander for a tour of Ethiopia! He is a warm, generous and very knowledable guide, taught me a lot about Ethiopia’s history, ancient mysteries and cultural wonders. He made my trip to Addis Ababa a fun and exciting experience!

Laure Konczaty