Harar is a town located in the east of Ethiopia, on a plateau encircled by the desert and the savannah and notched by deep gorges. Independent Emirate in the seventeenth century, the city was integrated into Ethiopia only in 1887. From the end of the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century, Harar was an important commercial node between the coast and the interior, and still remains an important crossing point between Djibouti (especially its port) and the capital Addis Ababa. Since 2006, it has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Nicknamed Jugol, this term refers to the 5-meter-high walls surrounding the old town that were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. The city is accessible via five traditional gates whose paths lead to the central square of Feres Megala around which is organized all the commercial and social activity of the city. Harar Jugol, known as the fourth holiest city in Islam, has 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines. A visit must include the traditional houses, real jewels of the Harari cultural heritage, where the quality of local craftsmanship is displayed, especially in the fields of weaving, basketry and binding.

A visit to the city also includes the house of Ras Mekonnen and the house of Rimbaud, named after the famous characters who are supposed to have resided there. Although these elements are not historically verified, these buildings offer excellent examples of the Indian architecture that began to influence local town planning from the 19th century and opportunities to enjoy great views of the city.

Finally, at nightfall, an ancient tradition persists: feeding the hyenas. In the past, in times of famine, these animals used to enter the city looking for food. Harar then assigned a man who feeds these animals each evening to keep them away from the city. Nowadays, this tradition has persisted and has become a way of entertainment for the locals. Visitors are invited to attend, and even participate.