National Geographic List Harar City of Ethiopia As One Of The Top Places To Visit
In Ethiopia, Harar’s old town is a maze of alleys lined with colorful walls.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID KIRKLAND
WHY GO NOW: Find the most surprising city in East Africa.
Tourists in northern Ethiopia rarely travel to the laid-back east, anchored by the enchantingly contradictory city of Harar. The “City of Saints” boasts 82 mosques, as well as Ethiopia’s best beer, strongest khat (an ubiquitous narcotic plant), and highest quality coffee.
FUN FACT: Hyenas are welcome night visitors in Harar, where they eat food waste and are fed by 'hyena men.'