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Harar (Ethiopia)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 days by car from the capital with a stop in Awasa, or by aeroplane to the airport in Dire Dawa
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Harar

Loleh Rustenholz Travel writer
13 travel articles

A very beautiful fortified city, in which Arthur Rimbaud settled and where African and Muslim people mix.

My suggestion:
If you're staying several days, I recommend going to see the camel market at Babile, a few kilometres from the city.

The city of Harar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place to see ! For its culture: there are several museums, notably Arthur Rimabaud's house, mosques and mausoleums which you can enter (don't forget to take something to cover yourself with) and streets of shops where you can buy your fruit and vegetables, as well as beautiful fabrics.

For its nature too: the city is located at altitude, with a warm and very sunny climate, which provides a very beautiful view over the region from some spots. You can also spend a day visiting one of the traditional villages built on the ridge of the mountains.

But Harar is also about its people and its customs: take up the habit of making the most of a hot afternoon to sit in the shade, chatting and chewing on khat (bush leaves with a stimulating and addictive effect). And when evening comes, head to the edge of the city to attend a rare show, the hyenas' dinner.

View of Harar from Rimbaud's house