Your organization was perfect for us !! I had prepared myself for some "African" delays or "African" miscommunication, but none of this. Taxi was always perfect on time! The transport was comfortable and adapted to our large group!
We had a super trip. Very well organized. We enjoyed! Ethiopia is a beautiful country.
We had a great trip, greatly enjoyed everything we have seen and done. We have done a lot and because of the super good service we always received, it was nevertheless very relaxed and cozy.
We have a very nice and beautiful trip to Ethiopia with Yared Tour & travel. Very good drivers, good food en route and good camping equipment, good jeeps. Our expectation has been exceeded with Yared travel, they have put together a nice program in consultation with us, highlights were for us the Arte Ale volcano and the Dalol plain
Covid-19 safety measures during this trip
This trip is recommended by Yared Tour as a covid-19 safe travel experience in Ethiopia. This means that different aspects of the trip have been carefully considered in terms of physical distancing and hygiene standards. Djibouti is a vast country and the rural areas in particular are sparsely populated.
Day 1 - To Unesco city of Harar
In the morning you fly from Addis Ababa to the biggest Eastern city, Harar. Located at an altitude of 1,855m, with 386 alleyways crammed into just 1sq m, is the unique and vibrant, ancient stone-walled city of Harar. The lively World Heritage listed city has been the capital of the Harari region for thousands of years and is stepped in history and charm.
Day 2 - Food & Citytour in Harar
Harar is a fascinating place to explore on foot. On a guided city & food tour, we’ll wander through the narrow alleys of Harar’s old town, stopping off to visit some of the original Harari houses with walls covered in handicrafts. We also go to mosques, shrines and tombs of important Islamic leaders, the Harar cultural center, Rimbaud’s house and Ras Tafari’s house. Along the journey, we’ll visit some of Harar’s best fresh markets and stop-off for authentic local cuisine and coffee in cosy restaurants.
OPTION EXTRA DAY - Babile Camel Market
In the morning, we set-off on a beautiful drive to Babile around 35km east of Harar on the way to Jijiga. The small town is mostly inhabited by Somali people and known for its mineral water, elephant sanctuary and for hosting one of Ethiopia’s biggest livestock markets where traders come from long distances to buy camels, donkeys, goats and cattle. Around 7km from Babille, we’ll stop off at the Dakhata Valley otherwise called ‘the valley of marvels’ due to view its special sculpted rock formations.
Day 3 - To Dire Dawa and flight back to Addis Ababa
Depending on your flight you will drive back to Dire Dawa. Here you will take the connecting flight to Djibouti.
OPTION EXTRA DAY - Dire Dawa Day Trip
EXPERIENCE: Although the old train tracks are no longer in use, it is still possible to make a special trip around Dire Dawa. With a 6-person train or 20-person train (depending on how many you are) it is possible to drive down the old train tracks for half a day to the border of Djibouti. This route is completely off-the-beaten track. Along the way, you will learn about the nomadic Somali and Afar people. Together with the guide you will visit their remote villages. A unique experience for the adventurous traveller!
Day 4: Flight to Djibouti and relax
Early morning you will fly from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. Upon arrival you will meet your tour guide & driver for the coming days.
Day 5: Snorkeling with whale sharks at Arta Beach
In the morning after breakfast you transfer from the hotel to the harbor. Set into the speedboat and sail for 45 minutes to 'Plage Arta' or 'Arta Beach', to discover the extraordinary gathering of In the morning, after breakfast you transfer from the hotel to the harbor. Jumip into the speedboat and sail for 45 minutes to 'Plage Arta' or 'Arta Beach'. Here discover the extraordinary gathering of the whalessharks around the coast. This morning you will snorkel and swim with these incredible creatures of the sea.
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Day 6: Visit Lac Assal and Lac Abbeh
After breakfast you will drive to Lac Assal, and visit the lowest point in Africa. Lac Assal or Bahr al Assal in Arabic (the sea of honey, located 153m above sea level), is based 107 km from Djibouti city. En route, you will stop and witness scenic views over the lake’s huge canyon, part of the great Danakil Depression.
Day 7: Visit around Lake Abbeh and flight back home
You will wake up with the rising sun, what an amazing way to start the day! Early morning you drive off to one of the small hotsprings around Lac Abbeh, where you can spot pink flamingos gathering around the lake. After the morning spent in Lac Abbeh, you’ll drive back in the direction of Djibouti city. You’ll stop in the small city of Dikhil, where you’ll have lunch in La Palmeraie.