HARAR

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  The walled city of Harar is found in eastern parts of Ethiopia 511km east from the capital. Harrar the 4th Holiest Islamic center in the world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The Jeggol compound of Harrar hosts more than 100 mosques and make them the city the ideal tourist destination for the colorful religious festivals, either Eid-Al Fetir or any other Islamic religious celebration. Harar for long time had long trade relation with the Mediterranean and Arab world and religious interaction with the Middle East over Indian ocean and red sea which pays a great deal of contribution for its Economic and especially religious growth. Indeed the Sultanate has a lose but continuing contacts with the mid and North Christian Kingdom of the country through trade till it defuses and administration falls under the central governing Kingdom in mid 1500s. From here onwards Harar has opened the second phase in history being an ideal example of religious integrity with brotherly Christians and survived a new mix of tradition sustained to this day. Surrounding the old town, Harar today is a big capital city in the Eastern part of Ethiopia.

 

Early morning, transfer to airport for flight to Dire Dawa.  In Dire Dawa, you will be met at the airport and will transfer to Harar.  From Harar, take a drive to Babile and the Valley of Marvels.  The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations.  Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturdays and a camel market on Mondays and Thursdays.  After the visit, time permitting you may visit Koremi, a village made of stone houses set on top of a plateau.  wards, return to Harar for overnight at (hotel or guesthouse).

 

Today is a full day discovering the treasures hidden in the narrow alleyways of the walled city of Harar, with its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines and unique Harari people and homes.  Sites to visit include: the House of Rimbaud, Ras Tafari’s House, Ras Mekonnen’s Palace, the Harari National Cultural Center, and the tomb of Emir Nur, who built the famous Jugol, as the wall is known locally.  At night you will visit the hyena man, who feeds the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city.  This tradition was started long ago to prevent these wild hyenas from hunting for food in the town.  Guests are welcome, and encouraged, to feed the hyenas themselves.  Overnight in Harar (hotel or guesthosue).

 

In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar.  After lunch, depart to Dire Dawa.  You will have a brief visit to the lively market at Kefira before transferring to the airport for return flight to Addis Ababa.

 

   

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