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Asmara, Eritrea

Tank Graveyard

Wander among hulking piles of rusted machinery left over from the Eritrean-Ethiopian War. 

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Visit this military equipment graveyard, and you’ll find rusted tanks, trucks, and other random vehicles piled in twisty rows through which you can wander. There, you’ll find curious empty glass vials, some (possibly live) ammunition, and Russian metal plates with CCCP stamped on them. You may also spot a lot of animal bones littering the space, as it is also used as a slaughtering place for holiday feasts. Don’t be surprised if stray dogs follow you at a healthy distance.

Know Before You Go

Visitors do need a permit, but it is free. You can get one at the ministry of tourism office. Asmara Grande Tours is also very helpful. Visitors may climb on the rusty tanks; a tetanus shot is highly recommended

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