Eastern Ethiopia Safari
Eastern Ethiopia Safari is a 3 days cultural safari in Ethiopia. The Eastern Ethiopia safari tour takes you to Harar. This is the famous walled city in Ethiopia.
About the 3 Days Eastern Ethiopia Safari Highligts
The main highlight of this African safari in Ethiopia is the people’s culture. You will enjoy great sceneries in this 3 days Eastern Ethiopia safari. You will also have an opportunity to feed the hyenas outside the city.
A visit to the market will do you good in understanding the people’s way of life. This 3 days Eastern Ethiopia safari starts and ends in Addis Ababa.
- Feeding Hyena
- Cultural experience
- Market Tour
- Great sceneries
3 Days Eastern Ethiopia Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Walled city of Harar
You will be met on arrival in the morning at Bole International Airport. Our Ethiopian safari representative may also meet you at your Addis Ababa hotel. You will be briefed on this 3-day Eastern Ethiopia safari.
You’ll then embark on an early flight at 0800hrs to Dire Dawa. On arrival at the airport our tour guide will be at hand to meet you. You will then be transferred to Harar. Your Eastern Ethiopia safari then takes a drive to Babile. The town of Babile is known for the large market on Saturdays.
On Mondays and Thursdays there is a camel market here. Your Eastern Ethiopia safari will then proceed to the Valley of Marvels. The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes. This place is famous for its balancing rock formations. If time allows, you’ll visit Koremi Village.
This village is made of stone houses on top of a plateau. You will later return to Harar in the evening. You will have your overnight at the Heritage Plaza Hotel. Your accommodation in Harar hotel will be on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Walled city of Harar
The day will begin with an early breakfast. Today your Eastern Ethiopia safari will have a full day of discovery. You will be looking for the Eastern Ethiopia’s hidden treasures. This is by touring the narrow alleyways of the walled city of Harar.
The city is known for its colorful markets and countless mosques. You will also find shrines and the unique Harari people and homes. Today you will visit several sites in Harar. They include the House of Rimbaud, Ras Tafari’s House and Ras Mekonnen’s Palace.
Eastern Ethiopia safari also goes to the Harari National Cultural Center and the tomb of Emir Nur. It is Emir Nur who built the famous Jugol, as the wall is known locally.
Later in the evening you will visit the hyena man. This man feeds the hyenas every night. This is done just outside the walls of the city. It is a tradition was started a long ago.
This was to prevent these wild hyenas from hunting for food in the town. You are welcome and encouraged to feed the hyenas themselves. Your overnight booked on bed and breakfast basis will be at Heritage Plaza Hotel.
History of Hyena Feeding in Ethiopia
Written records indicate that spotted hyenas have been present in the walled Ethiopian city of Harar for at least 500 years, where they sanitise the city by feeding on its organic refuse.
Whilst many cultures demonize hyenas, the Hararis, inhabitants of a sleepy medieval walled city south of the Chercher Mountains in eastern Ethiopia, are at peace with them.
Folklore tells that this truce began two centuries ago during a time of great famine when hungry hyenas attacked and ate the citizens, so the town’s Muslim saints convened a meeting with the hyena leaders and declared that they would feed the hyenas porridge if they would stop their attacks.
Rumored to lap up djinn (evil spirits) along with the porridge, this was the start of a unique, mystical and symbiotic interspecies relationship with the city leaders even building low openings in the walls to allow the hyenas to come and go freely.
There are also stories that the practice of regularly feeding them did not begin until the 1960s. The first to put it into practice was a farmer who began to feed hyenas in order to stop them attacking his livestock, with his descendants having continued the practice.
Some of the hyena men give each hyena a name they respond to, and call to them using a “hyena dialect“, a mixture of English and Oromo. The hyena men feed the hyenas by mouth, using pieces of raw meat provided by spectators.
Tourists usually organize to watch the spectacle through a guide for a negotiable rate. As of 2002, the practice is considered to be on the decline, with only two practicing hyena men left in Harar.
Day 3: Harar – Dire Dawa – Addis Ababa
Wake up to your morning breakfast on this Eastern Ethiopia safari. Morning will be spent visiting what you missed. This will be the last scenic and historic places of interest in Harar.
You will have a break for lunch at own expense. This will be followed by a transfer to Dire Dawa. There will be a brief tour of the lively market at Kefira.
You will later be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Addis Ababa. You’ll arrive in Addis at 1700hrs this is in time for your connecting flight back home. Others will enjoy a transfer to their Addis Ababa hotel.
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3 Day Eastern Ethiopia Safari Costs:
What is included in the 3 Day Eastern Ethiopia Safari cost?
- Accommodation in Harar on bed and breakfast basis
- all ground transport and transfers
- Airport transfers from and to Dire Dawa
- All entrance fee
- All Government tax
3 Day Eastern Ethiopia Safari Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- All Meals Drinks and beverages other than Breakfast
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 3 Day Eastern Ethiopia Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes