Fly from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and drive directly to Harar. Afternoon city tour of Harar. Overnight at Ras Hotel for two nights.
Full day visit of Harar with “the Hyena Man Show” at night.
Early morning drive to Dire Dawa and fly back to Addis Ababa.
The walled city of Harar, the spiritual heart of Ethiopia’s large Muslim community, is considered by Muslims to be the fourth holiest city in the world. Harar is the provincial capital of Harerge, and it lies at the centre of a fertile agricultural area renowned for coffee and chat production.
The walled city remains largely Muslim in character – its ninety-odd mosques, many of them private, are said to form the largest concentration in the world. Dire Dawa is one of two chartered cities (astedader akabibi) in Ethiopia (the other being the capital, Addis Ababa). This chartered city is divided administratively into two woredas, the city proper and the non-urban woreda of Gurgura.
Dire Dawa lies in the eastern part of the nation, on the Dechatu River, at the foot of a ring of cliffs that has been described as “somewhat like a cluster of tea-leaves in the bottom of a slop-basin .The city is an industrial centre, home to several markets and the Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport.
End of Safari