Oriental Harar, East Ethiopia Tour – 6 Days

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  • 6 Days 5 Night
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Difficulty : 8/10
  • Solitude Lv : 8/10

Detail

  • This itinerary is designed for a comprehensive exploration of the Oriental Harar region and its surroundings.
  • Ensure to check the local customs and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • The itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted based on specific interests and local events.
  • Respect the privacy and traditions of the local community during your interactions.

What to Expect

  1. Cultural Immersion:

    • Immerse yourself in the unique culture, history, and traditions of Harar and Dire Dawa.
  2. Historical Exploration:

    • Discover the ancient architecture, museums, and landmarks that reflect the historical significance of the region.
  3. Scenic Beauty:

    • Experience the natural beauty of Awash National Park and the spiritual atmosphere of Sheikh Hussein.
  4. Local Cuisine:

    • Taste authentic Harari and regional Ethiopian cuisine.
  5. Comfortable Accommodation:

    • Stay in comfortable accommodations that reflect the local charm and hospitality.
  6. Wildlife Encounter:

    • Engage in wildlife spotting in Awash National Park.
  7. Transportation:

    • Enjoy comfortable transportation for seamless travel between destinations.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Harar

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Arrival in Harar
    • Arrive in Harar, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and check into your accommodation.
    • Enjoy a traditional Harari breakfast.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Harar Jugol Exploration
    • Explore the ancient walled city of Harar Jugol, visiting landmarks such as the Jami Mosque, Grand Jami, and the historic city walls.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch in a Local Eatery
    • Savor Harari cuisine at a local eatery, experiencing the unique flavors.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Arthur Rimbaud House
    • Visit the house of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, known for his connection to Harar.
    • Explore the museum and learn about Rimbaud’s life in Harar.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Hyena Feeding at the Hyena Man
    • Experience the famous hyena feeding ritual near the city gates.
    • Engage with the local hyena man and witness the incredible interaction between humans and hyenas.

Day 2: Harar's Cultural Tapestry

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Harari Traditional Houses
    • Explore the narrow alleyways of Harar Jugol, discovering the unique Harari traditional houses.
    • Engage with locals to learn about their architectural significance.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Harar City Museums
    • Visit Harar City Museums, including the Harari National Cultural Centre and Adarehwa Ethnographic Museum.
    • Gain insights into the cultural heritage of the Harari people.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch at a Traditional Restaurant
    • Enjoy lunch at a traditional Harari restaurant, tasting local delicacies.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Harar Market Exploration
    • Visit the colorful markets of Harar, including the famous Harar Grand Market.
    • Explore stalls selling spices, textiles, and handmade crafts.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Attend a Harari Music and Dance Performance
    • Experience the vibrant cultural scene with a traditional Harari music and dance performance.

Day 3: Day Trip to Sheikh Hussein Pilgrimage Site

Full-Day Excursion:

  • Depart for a day trip to Sheikh Hussein, a sacred pilgrimage site located about 60 kilometers from Harar.
  • Explore the mosque and shrine dedicated to the Sufi saint Sheikh Hussein.

Day 4: Harar to Dire Dawa

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Departure to Dire Dawa
    • Travel to Dire Dawa, approximately a 2-hour drive from Harar.
    • Check into your accommodation upon arrival.

Late Morning:

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Explore Dire Dawa
    • Visit key attractions in Dire Dawa, including the historic Dire Dawa Railway Station and Kafira Market.
    • Learn about the city’s history and cultural significance.

Lunch Break:

  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch in Dire Dawa
    • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, sampling regional dishes.

Afternoon:

  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Relaxation or Optional Exploration
    • Take some time to relax or explore additional sites in Dire Dawa, such as the Raytu Palace.

Day 5: Awash National Park Exploration

Full-Day Excursion:

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Awash National Park
    • Depart for Awash National Park, known for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes.
    • Explore the park, visit the Awash Falls, and engage in wildlife spotting.

Day 6: Departure

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Departure Preparations
    • Check out of your accommodation and prepare for departure.

Late Morning:

  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Visit to Dire Dawa’s Old Town
    • Explore Dire Dawa’s Old Town, characterized by charming architecture and historical buildings.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Farewell Lunch
    • Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local restaurant, reflecting on your journey.

Afternoon:

  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Final Shopping or Leisure Time
    • Spend your last hours in Ethiopia shopping for souvenirs or relaxing.

Evening:

  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Departure from Dire Dawa
    • Head to the airport for your departure, concluding the Oriental Harar, East Ethiopia Tour.
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