Head east from Addis Ababa on an overland journey to two wonders: Harar and Awash National Park. World Heritage–listed, the origin of the walled city of Harar dates from before the thirteenth century and it is considered to be the fourth most holy city of Islam. Wander the 368 alleyways squeezed into just 1 square km, countless mosques and shrines, lively markets and crumbling walls. Awash National Park lies in the lowlands east of Addis Ababa, and straddles the Awash River. The dramatic Awash Falls, where the river tumbles into its gorge, is a site not to be missed. 46 species of animals have been identified here, including Beisa Oryx and Swayne's Hartebeest.
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- Addis Ababa airport: transfer in
- At leisure in Addis Ababa
- Transfer from Addis Ababa to Harar
- Harar city tour
- Harar surroundings: Babile and Valley of Marvels
- Transfer from Harar to Awash
- Game drive in Awash National Park
- Morning visit to Awash National Park
- Transfer from Awash to Addis Ababa
- Addis Ababa airport: transfer out
The wettest months are June to September, but temperatures remain pretty steady year round. In the lowlands the climate is pleasantly warm (although can be humid) for most of the year, but if you plan to travel around, take altitude into consideration. If your travel plans involve time at various elevations, you will need to pack for all eventualities.
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