Rondreis East Ethiopia - Individual Tour East Ethiopia

Hoogtepunten van Oost Ethiopie


Day 1 – Arrival in Addis Ababa - Capital of Ethiopia

Welcome to Ethiopia! You’ll be stepping off the plane into Africa’s fourth largest city and diplomatic capital, Addis Ababa. Your Yared Tour & Travel guide will be there to meet you at Bole International Airport and drive you to your hotel.
The direct translation of Addis Ababa is ‘new’ ‘flower’ and you are likely to find this rapidly growing city a fascinating place full of contrasts between traditional and modern Ethiopia, making it a great starting point for your tour.

Day 2 - City tour Addis Abeba

Today begins with a drive to Entoto Mountain where we visit the historical site of Emperor Menelik’s Palace and Maryam church, the oldest in Addis Ababa. From here we drive through Shiro Meda which hosts the city’s largest market for traditional clothing, continuing to the campus of Addis Ababa University, home to one of Africa’s best Ethnological museums and the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. You visit the Ethnological or Ethiopia's National Museum with ‘Lucy’, the world-famous fossilized hominid. The museum also showcases ancient artefacts from Axum and Gondar, and an exhibition of Ethiopian art. Then visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral (built in 1933), the largest Orthodox church in Ethiopia and the final resting place of Haile Selassie. To conclude, you will visit the busy life of traders in Mercato - Africa’s biggest outdoor market.

Day 3 - Drive to Awash National Park

Continuing our adventure in the East, we reach Awash National Park which covers 827 sq km of acacia grassland with volcanic landscapes located along the Awash river. The park spans from the north-eastern corner of Oromia to the southern tip of the Afar region.

Day 4 - Visit the Awash National Park

We take the whole day to explore Awash on a 30km-loop game drive through the park spotting different fauna along the way. Wildlife highlights include; orynx, gazelle, dik-dik, kudus, warthogs, velvet monkeys, baboons and over 453 species of native birds including ostriches. On the drive, we pass by Awash Falls, a mighty waterfall plunging into a beautiful 200m gorge. Filwoha hot springs in the far north of the park are another interesting feature with waters which can reach 45 degrees. If time permits, we will visit the Fantale Crater in the west of the park, to climb the dormant volcano passing wildlife on the mountainous slopes and rewarding panoramic views from the top.

Day 5 - To Unesco city of 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.

Once an independent city-state, Harar served as an important political, commercial and cultural crossroads between Africa, India and the Middle East. During the middle ages, it became a centre for Islamic culture, sometimes referred to as ‘the fourth holiest city in Islam’, you can find a total of 82 tiny mosques which date from
the 10th century within the city,

When Emperor Menelik II conquered the city in 1887, Harar was assimilated into Ethiopia. Today, the city is a melting pot of different ethnic groups such as Somalis, Oromo, Arabs and Turks.

Day 6 - 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. In the evening, on the outskirts of the city, we’ll have the chance to attend a night show of hyena feeding. The daily ritual which involves feeding sticks of raw meat to wild hyenas by hand is deeply embedded in the traditions and beliefs of the local people, said to acquire good luck and discourage the wild predators from attacking.

Day 7 - 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 8 - Drive to Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is one of the most historical cities in eastern Ethiopia close to Harar. Influences from the French, Greeks and Arabs can be recognized in both culture and architecture. You can visit a variety of churches and mosques. What makes Dire Dawa so special, is the chance to take a train journey to Djibouti. The first train connection was established in the early 20th century making it one of the first in Africa. There is the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway yard where you can walk across a train graveyard. The old train track is no longer in use, a new train was built several years ago by Chinese investors. Sometimes you can take the train to and from Djibouti with cargo and locals on board.

Day 9 - 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 10 - Relax in Addis Abeba & back home

Today we head back to Addis Ababa by plane. You could shop or make a single final visit in the capital in the afternoon. Or you take a rest in your dayroom in Addis Ababa. On the final day you will enjoy a farewell meal and celebration in one of the city’s cultural restaurants. Enjoy the authentic Ethiopian cuisine for the last time, whilst enjoying traditional dance and music.