Harar is a walled city which stands on the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley and is the provincial capital of Ethiopia’s largest administrative region, Hararge. The city’s location gives wonderful views of the surrounding country – the vast Danakil desert to the north, the fertile Harar Mountains to the west, and the cattle rich Ogaden plains to the south.
Harar is considered as a holy city by the Muslims, and within its walls are no less than 90 mosques. It was founded in the 12th century and in 1520 was captured by Ahmed Gragn (the left-handed) who from Harar invaded large parts of Ethiopia. In 1875 Harar was captured by the Egyptians and in 1887 by Menelik II who appointed Ras Makonnen, whose army defeated the Italians at Adwa and father of Haile Selassie, as its governor.
All around the walled city we find bigger and smaller markets famous for basket, spices and chat.
The Hyena man is considered as one of the tourist attractions of Harar, Here one can see men feeding the hyenas in the evening.
The major beauties of Harar are its colorful people and its unique atmosphere. It’s a pleasure to walk around the city, look at the people and bargain at the markets. As a centre of commerce which it used to be, Harar feels like a place where people live and let live, a laizez faire mentality.