Harar Tour in Ethiopia
Harar Tour in Ethiopia is a 3 days cultural safari in Ethiopia. This 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia takes you to Harar city. This is the famous walled city located in the Eastern side Ethiopia.
About the 3 Days Harar Tour in Ethiopia Highlights
The main highlight of this African safari in Ethiopia is the people’s culture. You will enjoy great sceneries in this 3 days 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia. 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 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia starts and ends in Addis Ababa.
About the 3 Days Harar Tour in Ethiopia
Highlights of the 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia includes:
- Feeding Hyena
- Cultural experience
- Market Tour
- Great sceneries
Detailed 3 Day Harar Tour in Ethiopia Itinerary
Day 1: Addis Ababa - Walled city of Harar
Meet and greet upon arrival in the morning at Bole International Airport. Our Ethiopian safari representative may also meet you at your Addis Ababa hotel. You get to enjoy a briefing on this 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia.
You’ll then embark on an early flight at 0800 hrs to Dire Dawa. On arrival at the airport our tour guide will be at hand to meet you. You will then enjoy a transfer to Harar. Your 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia then takes a drive to Babile. The town of Babile is popular for the large market that comes every Saturday.
On Mondays and Thursdays there is a camel market here too. Your 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia 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. Your overnight will be at the Heritage Plaza Hotel. The accommodation in Harar hotel will be on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Walled city of Harar
The second day of 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia will begin with an early breakfast. Today your 3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia 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 famous 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.
3 day Harar Tour in Ethiopia 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 by the locals.
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
Records show that spotted hyenas have been present in the walled Ethiopian city of Harar. This is for at least 500 years, where they sanitise the city by feeding on its organic refuse.
Many cultures demonize hyenas. The Hararis are at peace with them. They inhabit of a sleepy medieval walled city south of the Chercher Mountains. This is in eastern Ethiopia.
Folklore tells that this truce began two centuries ago. This was during a time of great famine. Hungry hyenas attacked and ate the citizens of this town. The town’s Muslim saints convened a meeting with the hyena leaders. They declared that they would feed the hyenas porridge if they would stop their attacks.
It is rumored to lap up djinn (evil spirits) along with the porridge. This was the start of a unique, mystical and symbiotic interspecies relationship. 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. This was to stop them attacking his livestock. His descendants having continued the practice.
Some of the hyena men give each hyena a name they respond to. They 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. You will spend the morning 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 enjoy a transfer 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 fees
- All Government taxes
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