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Eastern Ethiopia (5 days)

About this Tour:

This is an attractive short tour or extension option to Awash National Park and the fascinating holy city of Harar (UNESCO world heritage site). This tour may be perfectly combined with any other of our Ethiopia trips.


  • Exploring the capital Addis Ababa
  • Overnight in Awash National Park. The lodge is located at the Awash Falls with rich animal- and birdlife in the immediate surroundings.
  • Exploring of the photogenic holy city of Harar with its city walls of the 16th century (UNESCO world heritage site).
  • Legendary feeding of the hyena of Harar – a very unique experience!

Included in the travel price

  • 4 nights with breakfast in basic and middle-class hotels and lodges
  • Road Transfer in Toyota minibus or 4x4 Landcruiser
  • Professional tour guide (English, German, French, Italian or Spanish-speaking available)
  • All local guides, rangers and scouts
  • 1 domestic flight with Ethiopian Airlines (discounted tariff if your international flight is with Ethiopian Airlines)
  • All entrance fees
  • Traditional dinner on the last evening before departure
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day

Short Info:

  • Tour code: WET-EE-5
  • Hotel standard: hotels and Eco-lodges
  • Number of domestic flights: 1
  • Required fitness level: no requirements

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa and City Tour

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport, you will be transferred to your reserved hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we have various sightseeing options:

  • Mount Entoto with the best views over the capital.
  • Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where you can see a variety of artifacts from all the different regions reflecting the history and culture of the country
  • National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old bones of Lucy.
  • Trinity Cathedral: this is the burial place of members of the imperial family and noted patriots; the cathedral is the most magnificent of its kind in the country, ornamented with carvings, mosaics and other artistic works.
  • The Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa

Accommodation: Hotel, Addis Ababa

Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Awash National Park

After breakfast, we start our drive to the Awash National Park (approx. 4 hours).

We will reach the Park Lodge spectacularly located next to the Awash Falls for lunch. Here we have the opportunity to spot a great variety of birds and mammals in the savannah as well as crocodiles living at the river, and we usually enjoy an impressive sunset over the Awash gorge.

Accommodation: Kuriftu Lodge, Awash National Park

Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Day 3: Awash National Park – Harar (328 km)

After our morning game drive through Awash National Park, we depart for Harar (8 hrs), stopping at Avadai, Ethiopia’s biggest Khat market, and Dire Dawa. In the evening, you will see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town. With a little courage, you may of course also feed the hyenas yourself! Un unforgettable expierience!

Accommodation: Hotel  or Guesthouse, Harar

Hyena Feeding, Harar

Day 4: Full Day in Harar

Today we explore the 16th century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World and an UNESCO world heritage site. It feels as if time has stood still here for the last 400 years. We will visit the home of Arthur Rimbaud, the renowned French poet who lived in Harar, the National and Harari museums; the house of Ras Mekonnen (the father of Haile Selassie); traditional Harari homes, the market and many more interesting places.

Accommodation: Hotel or Guesthouse, Harar

Harar, Ethiopia

Day 5:  Harar – Dire Dawa (airport) – Addis Ababa (flight)

We take the flight at noon back to Addis. A day room will be provided. You will have time for sightseeing and/or shopping. In the evening, you will be invited to a memorable farewell dinner in one of Addis Ababa’s traditional restaurants with cultural songs, dances and traditional food. You will then be transferred to Bole International Airport for your departure or to your reserved hotel if you continue your stay in Ethiopia

Departure or Individual Extension

Harar, Ethiopia

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