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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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