Hyena-man of Harar feeding a spotted hyena.

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Northern Hyena Feeding Site


Located north of Fallana Gate, this is one of Harar's two hyena feeding stations. A highlight of any visit to Harar, this impressive spectacle begins around 6.30pm. There are generally two to four hyenas that make an appearance after the 'hyena man' calls them. If none turn up, you'll be taken to a nearby hyena den where hyenas can be seen with their pups.

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1. Livestock Market

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North of Fallana Gate the weekday livestock market features cows, goats and sheep, but no camels – these are sold at Babille.

2. Fallana Gate Market

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This attractive gate to the north is the site of a colourful market. A chat market, one of many in the city, is also found here.

3. Emir Nur’s Tomb

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4. Jamia Mosque

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5. St Mary Catholic Church

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6. Harar National Museum


This modest museum across the road from Ras Makonnen’s Palace hosts household artefacts, traditional costumes, weapons and jewellery.

7. Queen Taitu's Palace

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8. Ras Makonnen’s Palace

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