Monday, February 23, 2015

babile, ethiopia:

Babile is a small town located between Harar and the Somaliland border, and where a weekly camel and livestock market is held. We happened to be in Harar at right time, so with some new friends we had met on the road, we jumped into one of the local mini-vans and made our way to the market. It was a really interesting drive, passing camel caravans and being amongst some really beautiful landscape made up of desert, high plateaus and mountains.

The markets were super busy (and were apparently even busier before we arrived) and such a sight with all of the beautiful camels! Not only that, it overlooked an impressive valley which added to ambiance. We spent a couple of hours a walking around, inspecting the camels and looking on as trades took place. It was interesting to note also that most of the traders here were Somali, largely due to the close distance to the border, which gave us a great opportunity to learn about another cultural group inhabiting Ethiopia.

It was a great little side trip from Harar and one I'd highly recommend if you time it right.

next: one last post from Harar before we head to north.


  1. aw i love all the camels! i like seeing them untagged & without any markings (unlike the ones we rode in morocco). what a neat market.

  2. er... the very first picture shows them with markings. Anyhoo...


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