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Little Gem Harar

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Overview

The Historic City of Harar, located in eastern Ethiopia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich cultural heritage, ancient architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. Here’s a brief overview of Harar as a tourist destination:

Historical and Cultural Significance:

1. City of Saints: Harar is often referred to as the “City of Saints” due to its numerous mosques and shrines. It has historically been a center of Islamic learning and spirituality.

2. Walled Old Town: The old town of Harar is surrounded by an ancient wall, considered one of the most well-preserved city walls in Africa. It was built in the 16th century and has five historic gates.

Key Attractions:

1. Jugol (Old Town): Explore the narrow, winding streets of the old town, lined with colorful houses, traditional Harari homes, and numerous mosques.

2. Harar Jugol Hyena Feeding: One of the unique and captivating experiences in Harar is witnessing the nightly feeding of hyenas just outside the old town walls. Local “hyena men” hand-feed these wild animals, creating an extraordinary spectacle.

3. Rimbaud House: Visit the former residence of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who lived in Harar in the late 19th century. The house is now a museum showcasing his life and works.

Cultural Experience:

1. Harari Culture: Immerse yourself in the local culture, including the unique Harari language, traditional music, and vibrant marketplaces.

2. Diverse Cuisine: Harar is known for its diverse culinary scene, offering traditional Harari dishes as well as influences from Somali and Arabic cuisines.

Practical Information:

1. Accommodations: Harar provides a range of accommodations, from historic guesthouses within the old town to modern hotels outside the city walls.

2. Accessibility: The city is accessible by road and has a domestic airport for those opting for air travel.

3. Best Time to Visit: Harar has a moderate climate, and the dry season (October to March) is generally considered the best time to visit.

4. Cultural Sensitivity: Visitors are encouraged to respect local customs and traditions, especially in religious sites.

Harar’s charm lies in its ancient architecture, spiritual significance, and the authenticity of its daily life. It’s a destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and a distinct East African atmosphere.

Oriental Harar, East Ethiopia Tour – 6 Days

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