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AWASH, HARAR, BABILE TOUR: DISCOVER THE ONLY SUB-SAHARA ANCIENT MONUMENTS. See endemic wildlife. Go trekking with our charming forester

Awash - Harar - Babile Tour highlights

Awash National Park

As one travels from Addis Ababa to the east, the climate becomes increasingly dryer and eventually turns into the Ethiopian Somali semi-desert and desert. But within the desert even mild elevations help collect some rainfall, and the Awash River collects enough water to run through mostly barren landscapes of very open savannahs and prairies. Awash National Park surrounds the Fantale Volcano where the higher elevation create slightly more humid conditions, allowing for the development of denser savannahs.


Why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL cultural places Ethiopia is so famous for, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market. As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eathern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes will be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip for an incredibly low price!


Harar City

An ancient walled city, Harar, lies at an elevation of about 1900 m. For centuries, Harar linked the trade routes of Ethiopia with the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Harar Jugol, the old walled city, has been declared World Heritage List in 2006 by UNESCO and is considered 'the fourth holy city' of Islam" with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.


Babile Elephant Sanctuary

Also slightly higher than its surroundings is the Babile Elephant Sanctuary. While Elephants stay a good part of the year in the Sanctuary, most herds migrate out of the park to surrounding areas.


Kondudo mountain

From Harar, one can visit the highest "amba" overlooking the city, the Kondudo mountain, which hosts a population of feral horses and a stalactite cave which rates among the 5 finest of Africa, locally know as the Gursum Pearl Cave. The latter is not yet developed and visits are a total expedition with no trails going to the caves, let alone inside the caves, which are without light.


Awash National Park Entrance Awash Falls, Ethiopia

Awash National Park entrance.


Awash Falls at Awash National Park.


Oryx, Awash National Park, Ethiopia Wart Hog, Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Oryx at Awash National Park.


Warthogs at Awash National Park.


Awash Lodge, Ethiopia Awash Lodge restaurant, Awash Nationa Park

Awash Lodge.


Awash Lodge Restaurant.


Filwoha hot pool, Awash National Park, Ethiopia Filwoha hot springs, Awash Nationa Park, Etiopia

Filwoha Hot springs in Awash National Park.


Shoa Gate, Harar City, Ethiopia

Main gate to the center of old Harar, Etiopia


The two most famous entry gates into the walled city.

Traditional houses in the City of Harar Harar Hyena Man

Old houses with balconies.

The Hyena man inviting a tourist to feed a spotted hyena.


Balancing rock Ethiopia

Euphorbia trees in Ethiopia

Balancing rock at Babile Elephant sanctuary

Bottom left: Euphorbia trees are native in Ethiopia that is often planted as enclosure hedges around farm houses.


Top left and right: The balancing rock of Babile Elephant Sanctuary.


Elephant with calf Elephant in the bush

Once considered a subspecies, genetic analysis of Ethiopian elephants showed that they are no different from other African elephants. Smaller tusks and body seizes are attributed to stress and poaching before reaching more mature ages.


Children in the village, Ethiopia Bee hive in Ethiopia

Where-ever you travel there will always be the smiles of curious children waiting for you.


Being the fourth largest exporter in the world of bee wax and the tenth of honey, bees are extremely important in rural Ethiopia and one can see bee hives in many places in national parks and forests.

Women doing Laundry at the waterhole, Ethiopia Women and children fetching water, Ethiopia

The daily chores of women and young children are fetching water at open wells and pits. Often they must walk several hours to fetch water, and together with the chores of collecting firewood, these chores are among the most inhibiting factors for better education of children and the emancipation of women.


This Travel itinerary takes you along all these destinations:



Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - AWASH NATIONAL PARK, road distance ± 225km

  1. Awash falls;

  2. Gallery forest along the Awash River;

  3. Filhowa springs.



  1. Lakes Adele & Lange for watching wader birds;

  2. City tour, including;

  3. Hyena man.



  1. Elephant sanctuary;

  2. Sleep in hotel in Harar.



  1. Visit Kondudo Mountain with feral horses;

  2. Visit Gursum Pearl Cave with stalactite and stalagmite formations;

  3. Sleep in hotel in Harar.


Day 5: HARAR - ADDIS ABABA, ± 525 km

  1. Return to Addis Ababa;

  2. Bird watching stop at Lakes Adele & Lange.

We offer a 4 days option for $429 without Mount Kondudo and a 5 days option of $549 which includes hotels, meals with alcohol free drinks, entry fees and transportation.


Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 2 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for very comfortable, affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The second best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and than continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $25 - $35 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!


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