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Harar is an ancient city in eastern Ethiopia. Harar (sometimes spelled Harrar or Harer) has a population of about 75,000. For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial center, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the entire Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and, through its ports, the outside world.


  • One of the major attractions of Harar is a mansion once housed the French's renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. The mansion is now converted to a museum.
  • The old town is home to ninety-nine mosques and many more shrines, centred on Feres Magala square.
  • Notable buildings include Medhane Alem Cathedral and the sixteenth century Jamia Mosque.
  • There is also a market.
  • A long standing tradition of feeding porridge to hyenas one night a year developed in the 1960s into a nightly feeding show for the benefit of tourists.



  • Incredible hand crafts that are available on the market.




There are very few mid range accomedations. However, Dire-Dawa has a better selection of hotels and restaurants.

  • Tewodros Hotel, from Birr 50 (double), a friendly, a bit out-of-town place, apparently you can watch the hyena from the balcony in the upper floor. Often fully booked.
  • Tourist Hotel, from Birr 40 (single), very noisy (disco-cum-brothel), try to get one of the rooms which are the furthest off the disco area.

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