Blogs from Harari Region, Ethiopia, Africa


Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region March 26th 2019

25-26-27 mars "L'hyène pour la frapper, derrière l'âne tu dois te cacher" Proverbe Éthiopien (Enfin à Harar) Je me réveille dans un bel hôtel déniché à la va-vite dans mon Lonely Planet, tout juste avant mon parachutage sur Harar hier en fin d'après-midi: 30$ la nuit, et ce sera sans aucun doute le plus bel endroit où j'aurai dormi en Éthiopie. À Dire Dawa, les chauffeurs de mini-bus ont été particulièrement voraces. Le peu de touristes ici a visiblement affammé la cohorte de charognards. L'heure de transport séparant Dire Dawa (256 800 habitants) à Harar (196 000 habitants) a été particulièrement intérressante alors, qu'entassé à 20 dans la boîte mobile à moins de 50 Birr (moins de 2.50$ canadien chacun), une discussion envenimée a éclatée en amharique entre un regard fâché sous une burqa parfumée de ... read more
Fortification d'Harar
Vieille ville Harar
Perchoir à rapaces

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region January 6th 2016

After a daily juice, catch a bus for 20 brr to nearest large town of Dire Dawa, seek out the Salem bus office to find none running 07/01/16 as for Ethiopian Christmas Day, manage to arrange by the offering of someone in the queue (such is Africa) local minibus seat instead for 300 brr. Decide against trying to see the local cave art, more of a group bus outing for the distance, update the blog here and there along with a stroll round the old town and cool market. Enjoy some goat meat tibs and turn back to my basic hotel where I join a 70 year old man in search of water for my shower :) 150 brr room with a fan! 07/01 Armed and ready to go after a 3.30 am call from my ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region January 3rd 2015

Some pics from Harar, a long 9 hr bus ride east of Addis. An Islamic community with Somali influences, with very colorful markets. We stayed in the Old City which has about 40,000 residents surrounded by 1000 yr old wall with 5 gates. Cobblestoned narrow lanes, with no signs, fantastic to waunder, but glad we had Sheriff to guide us. Will post the pics as this second, we have internet.... read more
I love this pic!
Spices at the spice market
Typical street in the walled old city of Harar

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region July 15th 2014

Nakon dugog vremena provedenog na putu moram priznati da sam se pomalo zasitio i da mi je većina novih mjesta počelo izgledati vrlo slično prethodnom. No to nije bio slučaj s Hararom. Harar je većinski muslimanski grad na istoku Etiopije blizu granice beskrajnim ratom opustošene Somalije. Tim više vrijedi spomenuti da je upravo Harar dobitnik UN-ovog priznanja za mir. Naime Harar je jedan od rijetkih lijepih primjera grada u kojem muslimani, pravoslavci i protestanti žive u miru kroz cijelu 700 godišnju povijest. Stari dio Harara je okružen zidom iza kojeg se skriva beskrajan labirint uličica koje vreve šareno odjevenim ljudima i preko stotinu džamija. No još jedna posebnost koja je Harar dovela i na naslovnice velikih svjetskih medija je unikatan suživot ljudi i hijena. Unutar hararskih zidina živi više od 300 hijena, i može se reći ... read more
Chichi i Udaser

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar February 3rd 2014

3 November, 2012 Seven of us have decided to head east to Harar, flying from Addis to Dire Dawa and then taking a taxi to the bus stop where we got on a minibus for the final leg. We'll catch up with the truck in a few days. It was during the bus journey that the local men on board introduced us to chat; a flowering plant whose leaves are chewed to obtain a mild stimulant effect. They offered us each a couple leaves but for someone like me who has never smoked or taken drugs, I really wasn't interested in chewing some leaves. I did try it but the bitterness was off-putting, as was the hard, leaf-like texture (funny that) and I soon spat them out. A few chewed them for longer but a much ... read more
Hyena Man and his loyal followers!
I never thought I'd be this close to a hyena
Old City marketplace

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar January 23rd 2014

It is with a heavy heart that I begin this blog. I am sitting in Gondar airport waiting for my flight to Addis. After 3 months here, my time here in Gondar is up and now I am off travelling for 10 days before starting my next job in Nairobi. I know that I have moaned a fair amount in this blog but I will really miss this place. My colleagues have been a pleasure to work with. They have looked after me so well and I had a lot of fun at work. The daily problems that they face here make me rethink the things I complain about at home. I am grateful to have been born in such a stable and affluent country with all the opportunities that I have had, never left wanting ... read more
Simien mountains
Simien mountains
Simien mountains

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar December 1st 2012

And the blog returns...... So we have now completed the 'northern circuit' which took us up to the border with Eritrea in the north and then returned us to Addis Ababa. The trip took about 20 days and around 80 hours of that was on the bus covering the 2300kms. It was a great trip, highlights included endless, stunning views across the mountains of the central ethiopian highlands (including perilous dirt roads with 500+ metre drops inches from the side of the bus). The chilled town on Bahir Dar on the edge of lake Tana. The castles of Gondor - castles in Africa is pretty unsual. The stelae of Axum (big tall pillar things built by the Axumites) see the pic for what they look like.The unbelievable rock hewn churches of Lalibela where they decided to ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar October 26th 2012

After a brief week back in the UK including a weekend in Glasgow we are off on the road again and this time it’s ETHIOPIA! 26th-27th Oct ’12 Addis Ababa A very early 4am wake up and by 5am we were checked in at Teesside Airport, thanks to the above and beyond call of friendship lift from Abi and John! It felt really strange to be setting off from our local airport and knowing we were going to end up in Ethiopia! It was a short flight to Amsterdam and the plane was mainly full of business people and I had to suppress the urge to say we’re not going to Europe, we are off on an adventure to deepest darkest Africa. We had about 3 hours before our onward flight and I was kind of ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar April 3rd 2012

After leaving Berbera, we got back into Hargeisa early enough. I had a multi entry visa for Ethiopia, but Jack and Joris had to get new visas. Unfortunately the Ethiopian consulate was closed, so we had to spend another night in Hargeisa, which was fairly uneventful. The next morning the two lads got their visas easy enough and we found a car to take us to the border. We had hoped to reach Harar that evening but we got into Jijiga too late and had to spend the night there. It had only been 5 days, but it was good to be back in Ethiopia and the beers that night went down very well! The next morning we got a minibus to Harar. Harar is considered the 4th holiest Islamic city in the world. The old ... read more
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