Eastern Region

The walled city of Harar is always a favorite, with its colorful markets, countless mosques, and courageous Hyena Men. Stop for a visit at Awash National Park for flora, fauna, and fabulous waterfalls. Don't forget to take a dip in the hot springs on your way back.


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Harar, Babile, Dire Dawa, Awash National Park – 7 Days

Day 1
Early in the morning, depart for a full day driving to Harar. Overnight in Harar (hotel).

Day 2

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels. The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations. Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturdays and a camel market on Mondays and Thursdays. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of the city and for overnight. At night you can visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city. You can even give a try at feeding the hyenas – with your mouth!


Day 3

Today is a full day dedicated to exploring the walled city of Harar. With its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses, you’ll have a full day wandering around the city of Harar. Overnight in Harar.


Day 4
In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar including the Arthur Rimbaud Cultural Center, named after the famous poet and traveler who resided in Harar for a portion of his life. In the afternoon, proceed driving to Dire Dawa for overnight.


Day 5
Visit Dire Dawa, including the many markets, such as bustling Karifa Market. This is also a great place to witness camel caravans arriving from their long journeys into the forbidding desert. In the afternoon, take a short excursion out of town to explore local caves, complete with stalagmite and stalactite formations as well as prehistoric paintings. Overnight in Dire Dawa.


Day 6
After breakfast, depart from Dire Dawa to Awash National Park. In the afternoon, take a game drive in the park to visit the wonderful birdlife and wildlife, such as oryx, baboons, greater and lesser kudu, warthogs, gazelles, colobus monkeys. Additionally, you'd be very lucky to see leopards, lions and other cats. The landscapes in the park are beautiful, looking over the Awash Gorge. The Awash Falls are also a great spot to take a refreshing dip. Overnight camping in the park or in hotel in Awash town.


Day 7
Early in the morning, you will visit more of the park, just as the animals are waking up. After the visit, proceed driving back to Addis Ababa. You will stop in Sodere on the way home to take a shower in the therapeutic hot springs waters.

Awash National Park, Harar, Babile – 5 days

Day 1
Early in the morning, depart for a full day driving to Harar. Overnight in Harar.

Day 2

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels. The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations. Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturdays and a camel market on Mondays and Thursdays. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of the city and for overnight. At night you can visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city. You can even give a try at feeding the hyenas – with your mouth!


Day 3

Today is a full day dedicated to exploring the walled city of Harar. With its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses, you’ll have a full day wandering around the city of Harar. Overnight in Harar.


Day 4

In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar. In the afternoon we proceed driving to Awash for overnight at hotel of your choice.


Day 5
Early in the morning, go for a game drive in Awash National Park to visit the wonderful birdlife and wildlife, such as oryx, baboons, greater and lesser kudu, warthogs, gazelles, colubus monkeys. Additionally, you’d be very lucky to see leopards, lions, and other cats. The landscapes in the park are beautiful, looking over the Awash Gorge. The Awash Falls are also a nice spot to take a dip. After the visit, proceed driving back to Addis Ababa. You can stop in Sodere on the way home to take a shower in the therapeutic hot springs waters.