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Dire Dawa, Harar & Around

Introducing Dire Dawa, Harar & Around

These two cities are another world from the rest of the country and few other Ethiopian towns reward random wandering as richly as they do; especially historic Harar. Despite the excellent offerings, this region remains far from the tourist trail.

This is the reputed origin of the addictive stimulant chat and it’s not only a major export commodity replacing coffee on many farms (look for the slender trees with shiny, dark-green leaves planted in neat rows), a huge percentage of the population spends most afternoons lying on the ground is a drunken-like stupor.

During the celebrations in Kulubi, hotels in Harar and Dire Dawa are booked out months in advance and prices can triple.