What is spectacular here is that life never sops here, there are people 24 hours a day, and the market is active from 6 am to late at night, with vendors replacing the ones who move. . . . Choa Gate is the most interesting gate to visit in Harar (forget Fallana Gate and the hyenas)
When you look at picture 1, you can understand that walls have been demolished in some places, to give way to modern vehicles. . . . . On the gate, the Amharic inscription say, Gate of Victory.
Next to that gate outside the walls and in the street ending at this gate inside the city, a very lively market takes place almost round the clock; there are of course khat vendors (picture 2) early morning, to meet the needs of workers and drivers (?) who begin early morning. . . .
You pass the gate and you are plunged in a vegetable market, like probably 300-500 years ago. . . (picture 3), and it is really a crowded place (picture 4).
And if you come back at night, you will see khat vendors again, for those who need it for their night (in)activities (picture 5).
Of the 6 main gates giving access to the walled city, Harar Gate, is the one through which enter in the city; it is the most recent one, as it has been built in the 1970’s on a destroyed part of the walls; the wall was destroyed at that place top give access to cars, trucks, etc, to the main road of the city, leading from that gate to the horses market ((Feres Magala Square). It is not a very spectacular gate, and the old gates, if not as lively are more spectacular, like Buda Gate (gate of witchdoctors) picture 1); notice the pavement is new there.
Sanga Gate (cattle market) has not anymore its arches, and if you do not see cattle, there are also donkeys, goats, etc. . . passing the wall at this place (picture 2).
Walking around the city has been made very easy by the renovation works, as the street following the wall circling the city have been newly paved, like here between Erer gate and Fallana Gate (picture 3).
On picture 4 you can see Harar Gate from the main street and a view from Harar Gate down the main street to Feres Magala Square is shown on picture 5, with the cathedral in the background.
There're six gates in total; two were added by the Emperor Menelink in 1889 to the four original ones which date from the 16th century. An exploration of the old walled town begins at the main gate. This is known as the Harar Gate or Duke's Gate, after the first Duke of Harar, Ras Makonnen. The nearby Shoa Gate is particularly well preserved and boasts superb mosaics. ~Lonely Planet
This is one of the easiest Adare houses to find. It's quite near the Erer Gate. The entrance fee to the museum is 10 Birr...which consisted of 5 2 Birr tickets! It has some interesting arts and crafts.
Chances are if you hire a local guide they will take you to a local butcher shop in a small square with birds of prey lined along the roof. You can grab scaps of meat from the shop and throw them out to the center of the square or partial one at that and watch the birds swoop down and grab the meat before the dogs are able to get to it
There is debate as to if he actually lived here but either way the is a nice museum inside and some great views from the second story windows..there was also a photography exhibit when I was there
one of the most special experience is to feed the hyenas, evreytime by 7 pm a bit outside of center of harar
teh hyenas are so cute and are so thankful to be feeded and take care of
You can easily spend a half or full day wandering around the city. It's not big enough to get lost in but it is a bit of fun. Seems like there is a mosque or a church around every corner.
The women here have to wear some of the most colorful clothes I have seen in Ethiopia. If you ask them some will even let you take a pciture but please be kind and always aske first..