Found in the eastern section of the country, the Harar is similar to no other area in Ethiopia. This walled-city dates way back to the Seventh century and was an important commercial crossroads within the area and a facility for Islamic scholarship. This wall, locally referred to as Jugol, was constructed as a defensive measure against intruders between the Thirteenth and Sixteenth centuries.
This wall squeezes over 100 mosques as well as Islamic shrines within its small 1 sq km area. On top of that, this city bustles having colorful markets providing a number of wares. This city was previously home to Arthur Rimbaud a well-known French poet.
The most thrilling attraction is the nighttime feeding of the resident hyenas. The hyena-men, just as they are referred to as, call the hyenas and provide meat stuck on a stick, usually feeding them straight through their mouths. Tourists are asked to give it a try!
Harar is actually listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2006.