Rondreis East Ethiopia - Weekend Trip Harar
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. The driver will pick you up at the hotel. The journey takes more or less 2 hours.
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!
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. Ethiopia is a vast country and the rural areas in particular are sparsely populated.
Please read our Covid-19 Measures page for all up-to-date information about covid-19 in Ethiopia.