30 décembre 2013

Hawassa and Harar

For those of you who are wondering how we spent Christmas: bus, bus and more bus!

We did stop for a day at Hawassa, a lakeside town where both tourists and Ethiopians go to have a break. The city in itself is similar to a lot of other Ethiopian cities and didn't impress us much, but it does feature a nice promenade by the lake and we got to see our first hippos living in their natural habitat.

Just before our border crossing to Djibouti, we also spent a day in the walled historic city of Harar. Although it was a short stay, we did enjoy getting lost in the small alleyways and local markets. We even got invited by two young boys to play a bit of football and for coffee at their home!

One of the highlight of the city are the resident hyenas which are apparently harmless to humans. Some locals feed them at night to the great pleasure of the tourists. Even knowing that, we still refrained from getting too close. They are quite impressive beasts!
Lake Hawassa
Harar
Spotted Hyena

5 commentaires:

Pas a dit...

Is that Van Persie showing off his skills to the locals. :-)

Have a good Xmas celebration in the 7th!!!

Marc, celui qui n'aime pas les voyages a dit...

Yo, attention aux hyènes, elles ont fait son cas à Mufasa, alors tenez vous loin des troupeaux de gnous quand il y a des hyènes dans les parages. Ou sinon gardez un buisson de ronces à portée de main, ça marche à tout coup.

Marc, source intarissable de conseils pour la survie en Afrique

Marc, celui qui n'aime pas les voyages a dit...

Yo, attention aux hyènes, elles ont fait son cas à Mufasa, alors tenez vous loin des troupeaux de gnous quand il y a des hyènes dans les parages. Ou sinon gardez un buisson de ronces à portée de main, ça marche à tout coup.

Marc, source intarissable de conseils pour la survie en Afrique

Claire Traversy a dit...

Salut les aventuriers,
Dinosaure arrive sur votre Blog.
Super fière de vos photos et de vos textes. A + Grosse bise

Jeremy Teen a dit...

Hey guys,

Thanks for the walia ibex postcard! The ibex is such a majestic animal with its long horns, but I am afraid that that my favorite is now the spotted hyena ;-P

So do the hyenas just walk around on the city streets like stray dogs in SE Asia? That's very interesting. I would adopt one if I lived in Harar!

You guys have not posted in awhile....no internet access? Hope to see another post soon, also maybe a photo of the goat you ate for dinner?

JT