Day 1: Addis Ababa–Awash. Drive Addis-Awash National Park. On the way visit the Crater Lakes of Debre-Zeit and have lunch with traditional coffee ceremony in one of the lake side hotels. Upon arrival in the Park head for game viewing and to Awash Water Falls. Overnight in Awash.
Day 2: Awash–Mille. In the morning head to game viewing and bird watching and to the Palm spring. After breakfast drive to Mille. On the way visiting the nomadic people of Afar and the inhospitable desert with its flat and challenging scenery, which hosted another point of interest, the Yangudi-Rasa National Park. The park is known for hosting the most endangered African wild ass. Overnight in Mille.
Day 3: Mille–Asaita. Drive to the town of Asaita, which was the former Capital to the Afar people and a base to explore the different salt lakes. After getting to Asaita, visit Lake Afambo, Gamari and a visit to the Tuesday market of Asaita is fascinating. Overnight in Asaita.
Day 4: Asaita–Djibuti. Drive, further to Djibouti via Eli Dar. Overnight in Djibuti.
Day 5: Djibuti. In the morning have city tour of the town to the Place Menelik, Place Rimbaud (the famous French poet), the colourful central market and the Les Caisses Market known for having sellable souvenirs of cobras, leopard skin, frogs and bats. Overnight in Djibuti.
Day 6: Djibuti–Assal. Early in the morning head to the famous lake of Assal, known to be one of the lowest points in Africa with a total of 153 m below sea level and the 4th in the world. Overnight in Assal.
Day 7: Assal–Djibuti. In the morning return drive to Djibouti with a visit of the nomadic Afar people, some taking out salts from the lakes. Overnight in Djibuti.
Day 8: Djibuti–Abbe. Drive to the other inhospitably situated lake, Lake Abbe, one of those ancient lakes that dates around 6000 years old and has been a site of exploring different animals fossil. Overnight camping.
Day 9: Djibuti. In the morning head back to Djibouti. Overnight in Djibuti.
Day 10: Djibuti-Dire Dawa. Have train transport to Dire Dawa. After arriving Dire Dawa, have a city tour to the market places and in the evening drive to Harar for admiring the hayena feeding scene. Overnight in Dire Dawa.
Day 11: Harar. Full day site seeing of the walled city of Harar (the 4th Islamic center in the world) namely, the traditional Harari Museum, the famous poet, Arthur Rimbaud`s former house, the Grand Jami Mosque, the Ras Teferi`s (last king of Ethiopia, Hailesilassie) former house, the colourful Christian and Muslim Markets. Finishing the tour drive back to Dire Dawa for overnight stay.
Day 12: Dire Dawa–Addis Ababa. Drive back to Addis on the way visiting the different market places, the Chat (a mild stimulant) Farm and the breath taking scenery of the road. Departure.
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