5 DAYS AWASH NATIONAL PARK AND HARAR

Destination

AWASH NATIONAL PARK AND HARAR

Duration

5 days

Starting from 400 $

Overview

Awash National park is an ideal place to visit for nature and animal lovers with limited amount of time in Ethiopia. The open areas and grass plains you should see grazing zebra alongside Beisa oryx, kudu, Soemmerring's gazelle and Swayne’s hartebeest. Olive and hamadryas baboons, as well as colobus and grivet monkeys, dik-dik,cheetah, serval, and leopard are also present are seen. Over 400 species of bird have been recorded in Awash, ranging from the great ostrich, frequently seen, to the less common secretary bird and the Abyssinian ground hornbill. Harar city was the best Islamic scholarship center before 15 century. Its walls registered in UNESCO & five gates made to protect them from external force still exist. Hyena feeding rituals and old villages of Harrari people have to be seen in a couple of days after a visit to Awash National Park. These are the main highlights of this East Ethiopia tour.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - City tour of Addis Ababa

City tour of Addis Ababa including the panoramic view point Entoto Mountain & Merkato, said to be Africa’s largest market of its kind, and the National Museum (home of Lucy, hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years). after lunch transfer to the airport for afternoon flight to Dire Dawa, overnight in Dire Dawa.

DAY 2 - Drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels

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 overnight in Harar. At night 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! Overnight in Harar

DAY 3 - Exploring the walled city of Harar

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 - Visit the last places of interest in Harar

In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar. In the afternoon we proceed driving to Awash for overnight in lodge at Awash national park.

DAY 5 - Drive in Awash National Park

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.

In the evening, farewell party with cultural dinner and traditional special buffet and local drinks to experience Ethiopia’s cultural meals and drinks. After farewell party transfer to airport for international departure.

End of the Tour

Note that :

This excursion can also be added to the end of other tours that go to different parts of the country, such as the Omo Valley or Historic North. This tour does not always have pre-scheduled departure

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