Tour to Harar, Dire Dawa, Rift valley and Awash Park
Standing on the east wall of the Great Rift Valley, the medieval walled Islamic city of Harar is famous for its historical and cultural sites. The dominant features are the traditional Harari house; the childhood home of late Emperor Haile Selassie; the exciting open market that presents medley of people and culture; the Rimbaud House named after the French poet who lived there in 1880 and the hyena-feeding ritual - where, after dark, the legendary Hyena Man feeds meat by hand - and mouth - to the wild hyenas that haunt the city's fringes. A half day excursion from Harar can be made to Babile Valley of Marvels, situated about 30km from Harar, which is noted for amazing rock formations.
Awash National Park
Awash National Park – situated at 211km east of Addis Ababa and astride the Awash River – is a reserve of arid and semi-arid woodland and savannah. The 827 square kilometers of the park area encompass the semi-dormant Fantalle volcano as well as an extensive area of hot springs. The rolling game viewing plains afford for their visitors quite variety of animals and more than 400 bird species.
Rift Valley Lakes
Africa's largest and most famous geographical feature, the great volcanic Rift Valley in Ethiopia, is home to a chain of sparkling lakes and hot springs that nestle in the depths of the valleys. The seven lakes in this region are habitats of a wide range of birds and indigenous animals. Some of the lakes are even alkaline brown, yet surprisingly ideal for swimming. The landscapes, with two dramatic escarpments, create a thrilling backdrop for so many activities.
5 Nights/ 6 Days
Title: Harar and Rift Valley
Tour Code: SET 019
Duration: 5 Nights/ 6 Days
Means of Transport: Surface
Description: It is the highlight of the walled city of Harar and Great Rift Valley tours.
Day 1: Addis - Awash National Park
Morning drive to Awash National Park (225km modern asphalt road). Lunch at Nazreth, 100 km from Addis. After lunch; proceed to Awash Park and stopover at Lake Beseka (Nearby the park) for several birdlife. Game view after having entrance tickets at the head office of the Awash National Park. O/n Lodge inside the park.
Day 2: Awash - Harar
Early morning; game view in the Awash National Park. After breakfast; drive from Awash Sebat to Harar (300km from Awash Sebat) and after lunch; visit the walled city of Harar. In the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and with a wooden steak- holding by his mouth. If you feel courageous and no fear at all, you can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no hesitation to fear them. Overnight – at current best local hotel -Harar
Day 3: Harar - Dire Dawa
Morning visit the walled city of Harar, Museum, and the decorated Harari house. After having lunch drive about 51km for Dire Dawa. The main attraction of Dire Dawa known also as Queen City of the Rift Valley is: Taiwan Market, the stimulant leaf know as "Chat” Market and the big market place which is frequented by Oromo, Somali Issa and Afar people. Overnight – at current best local hotel –Dire Dawa
Day 4: Dire Dawa – Nazreth
After Breakfast; drive back to Nazreth, stopover at Lake Besseka, after Awash national Park for birds and continue to Nazreth appreciating the Rift Valley Landscapes. O/N hotel.
Day 5: Nazreth - Hawassa
Depart for Awasa southwards of Addis Ababa – enjoying the scenic beauties of the Rift Valley Lakes of Zeway, Langano, Shala and Abiyata along with the wealth of bird life that they support. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Hawassa - Addis
Morning visit the fish market on the shore of Lake Awasa and leave for Wondogenet, a famous resort area surrounded by thick forest which is a home of wide variety of bird species. Relax in the natural hot spring baths and swimming pool before proceeding driving back to Addis attend dinner party in the best Ethiopian traditional restaurant, transfer to airport and flight to your homeland..