Harar Tours, The 16th Century World Heritage City

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tour Details

Our Harar Tours showcase the most unique attractions of Eastern Ethiopia. Considered “the fourth holy city of Islam”, a Harar city tour will showcase the 82 mosques and 102 shrines of city.  In Arabic the city is known as Madeenat-ul-Awliya (the City of Saints).  World famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud lived among the locals in a small house in the city while working as a coffee trader and gun-runner between 1875 and 1884.  For centuries Harar was a crossroads for trade between Africa, Europe, and India. It is known as the city of peace because of the Christian and Muslim population living in peace and harmony. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.

Located on a hilltop in the eastern region of the Ethiopian Highlands, Harar Jugol’s Golden age occurred during the 16th century. Locally the culture flourished, and many poets lived and wrote there. It also became known for coffee, weaving, basketry, and bookbinding.  Emir Nur ibn Mujahid, built a protective wall around the city. The height of the wall averaged 12 feet (3 meters), and its thickness is about 60 cm. The structure is called Jugol.  Access into old town was controlled at the five gates of Harar. The Jugal wall had 24 guard towers in its full form. One still remains, near the Bedro gate, it survived destruction that occurred during different periods.

The wall is still intact and is a symbol of the local towns people.  Locals repaint the walls of the old town in vibrant colors in the weeks preceding the holy month of Ramadan.  Erer Gate (Argo Beri) is also commonly referred to as the Richard Burton gate in Harar. In 1854, a British explorer, disguised as an Arab merchant, became the first non-Muslim to enter the city through the gate.  Sneak through the gates and tour the 4th Holy City today with Arada Tours!


Departure & Return Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Arrival Location

Harar, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Tour Start Time

8:00 AM

All-Inclusive Vacation Package Prices

Price Includes

  • Domestic Flights
  • Private Hotel Room
  • Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Water, Juices, Coffee, Tea


  • Access to Mobile Phone and Camera Charging
  • Unlimited Beer
  • 24/7 Personal Concierge

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Good Service
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Harar City Tour Highlights - What to Expect

Harar City Tour Arthur Rimbaud Museum
Arthur Rimbaud Museum, Harar Ethiopia
  • Arthur Rimbaud Museum: Built by Indian merchants on the site of the home of Arthur Rimbaud. A famous French poet that lived there from 1881 to 1891.
  • Harari Cultural Center Amazing display of preserved Harari cultural heritage. Inside you will see ancient books, jewelries, cloths, handicrafts, and armaments.
  • Harari National Museum. Inside contains collections reflecting the history and culture of Harari, Oromo, Somali, Afar, Amhara and Argoba people.
  • Sheriff Harar City Museum: Situated near the "Teferi's house" (the house of Haile Selassie I), it is the only private museum in the country. The museum is dedicated to collecting Harari music repertoires.
  • Mosques including: Aw Meshad Mosque, Jami Mosque, Din Agobera Mosque

The Five Gates of Harar

  1. Suktat Beri:  South-eastern gate. Known as “the gate of peace”.
  2. Argo Beri (Erer Gate): Eastern gate.  Known as “The way to Erer” or “the gate of compassion”.
  3. Asum Beri:  Northern gate.  Named after the Berbere river, known as “the gate of campaign”.
  4. Asmadin Beri:  Western gate.  Known as “the gate of victory”.
  5. Bedro Beri:  Southern gate.
Gate of Harar Ethiopia
The Gate of Harar. A 6th gate built during the reign of Haile Selassie, 1926.

Tour Itineraries

2 Day Tour

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Day 1Fly to Dire Dawa, Drive to Harar, Hyena Man Feeding the Hyenas

Fly from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa. Enjoy a delicious lunch before driving to Harar. This guided tour starts by walking the paths through the colorful Islamic market. After sunset, see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather regularly outside the town.

Day 2Harar City Tour, Coffee Factory Tour, Drive to Dire Dawa, Fly to Addis Ababa

After an early morning breakfast begin the city tour of Old Town. Walking tour of a coffee factory, museums, the Jugol Wall, and much more. Following the tour return to Dire Dawa. Fly from Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa for departure.

4 Day Tour

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Day 1Drive to Awash, Hot Springs, Park Tour

Day 2Drive to Harar, Hyena Man

Day 3Tour of the City

Day 4 Drive to Addis Ababa

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“The previous awesome experience got me to book my next trip to Harar and eventually a ride on the new train from Dire Dawa – with an equally memorable drive and unforgettable “”feast”” with a hyena mama and a historic walk through the ancient city of Harar!
All in all, I got to appreciate Ethiopia through the immersive experience Muley and Arada Tours gave me…plus it was so pocket-friendly!”

April 18, 2019