Welcome to Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is made up of two distinct settlements, divided by the trash-strewn Dechatu Wadi (seasonal river). Lying to the north and west is the European-influenced ‘new town’, known as Kezira. To the east is the more colourful ‘old town’, known as Megala, which has a distinctly Muslim (and, coincidentally, a slightly Mexican) feel.

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$444 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Harar via Awash National Park Private 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 LodgeDay 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 HararEarly 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 HouseDay 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 HouseDay 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.