Morning departure to the south east of Ethiopia; Awash, the town lies on the Addis Ababa - Djibouti Railway. Awash National Park is situated in the dry acacia savannah of the rift valley some 225km east of Addis Ababa. Once we have left Addis Ababa, the road passes through infinitely stretching fields mainly cultivated with “Teff”, a type of millet that is very widespread in Ethiopia. Standing out among the fields are old volcanoes and isolated table mountains. The Oromo and Kereyu people, who are semi-nomadic, populate these regions. The landscape changes: the land is covered with dark brown lava and low bushes; we are at the lower slopes of the Fantalè volcano. Here, we begin to encounter caravans of camels belonging to the Afar people, nomadic shepherds who inhabit the Danakil desert. We arrive to the park of Awash; in the afternoon game drive to the grassy Ilala Sala plain to the south of the park, the beautiful Beisa Oryx can easily be seen here. Overnight stay and dinner will be in Awash Falls Lodge.
Day 02: Awash-Harar
Drive to the northern side of the park, where an extensive area of hot spring lies like a great oasis surrounded by tall green palms and amidst a dry desert of scrub and thorn trees. This area is a good spot to observe birds being situated on an important migratory route between the north and the south. Further drive to Harar through the wonderful scenery of the Amhar Mountains; the road continues following the railway that links Addis Ababa to Djibouti, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century with the co-operation of the French government. The women of this region wear very brightly coloured clothes. Soon we begin to see crops of ‘chat’, past the city of Alemaya is the colorful Aweday ‘Chat’ Market- ‘Chat’ is a leafy stimulant chewed through out eastern Ethiopia. On the evening watch the hyena man’s show; an odd tradition that takes place at the edge of the town is the hand, and sometimes mouth to mouth, feeding of wild hyenas. Overnight at Heritage Plaza hotel
Day 03: Visit the walled city of Harar
The old medieval walled city of Harar, the spiritual heart of Ethiopia's large Muslim community is considered by Muslims to be the fourth holiest city in the world. The walled city remains largely Muslim in character – its 90- mosques, many of them private, are said to form the largest concentration in the world. This day you are going to visit the wall/Jegol/, the French poet’s Arthur Rambaud house, an eccentric house of wood and glass and the Ethnographic museum. And proceed your visit to the market, with colorfully dressed vendors, handles an incredible variety of local produce and a vast array of handmade goods, from beautiful jewelry to fine woven cloth. You will see fabulous jewelry, manuscripts and baskets. Overnight at the same hotel as previous
Day 04: Harar-Addis
Depart Harar and head the same way back to Addis
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