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.
Day 1 Drive to Awash National Park
Pick up form the airport or your hotel in Addis Ababa then drive to Awash National Park. It takes 4/5 hours of drive depending on the traffic jam. You will take mandatory scout in the park and check in to your hotel. You will trek for couple of hours to Awash grassland visit wild animals & bird life. At night you will visit cave of Hyenas.
Overnight: Awash NP –Awash Falls Lodge
Day 2: Game Drive in Awash Park. Today morning you will drive to the Awash River Valley and swim in the hot spring, then you will make half day game drive to see wild animals and different bird specious in Allay Dege area. You will be able to see some of the main animal lives like Oryx, Soemmerring's Gazelle, the tiny Salt Dik-Dik, the lesser and greater Kudus, Warthogs, Defarsa waterbuck, Anubis and Hamadryas baboons, Colobus and Grivet monkeys, Leopards, Lions, Black-Backed and Golden Jackals, Caracals, Servals and Wildcats. Overnight: -Awash Falls LodgeDay 03: Drive from Awash National Park to Harar
Early morning you will leave Awash for Harar admiring the Arba Gugu mountain chain on the way after the park's bio diversity.
Overnight: Grand Gato Hotel/ Zubayda Guest House
Day 4 Harar city tour
Today you will make full day city tour of Harrar. Drive around the walls of Harar and enter to the old city using one of the five gates. Walk around the rectangular houses of Harari ethnic group and everything made from stones. Visit the house of the 15th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud. At night drive to see the famous hyena feeding rituals . Harrari people are known for thier UNESCO registered wall and mainly for the hyena feeding rituals Overnight: Grand Gato Hotel/ Zubayda Guest House
Day 5 Drive from Harar to Dire Dawa then fly to Addis Ababa
Leave Harar visiting the beer factory .Drive to Dire Dawa city - the second bigest commercial hub next to Addis on the way you will see coffee farms and Chat farms. If you r flight is at night you will visit Dire Dawa city the market, the museum, animal zoo and the first railway station that link Addis Ababa and Djibouti. In the eveining fly back to Addis Ababa.