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The marmite of Africa: Ethiopia

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Day: 221
KLMS: 34,097
Never has a country divided people’s opinions so strongly, as Ethiopia does. It really is the marmite of Africa, you either love it or hate it. For us, we are definitely marmite lovers and all our preconceptions about what Ethiopia would be like, were completely wrong.
For a start, the images of drought stricken land, famine…

Addis Ababa to Nairobi via Moyale/Marsabit

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We started very early in the morning on Saturday 14th September, trying to dodge the Addis traffic. Although we went to bed around 10 we still had a noisy night with the party and did not slept too well. We think that there are more Dutchies in Addis Ababa than in Amsterdam! They are the real “flower people”. Growing and…

Back in Addis Ababa

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It took us 4 days,  3 sleepovers and 22 hours of driving to do the 1000km from Axum to Addis. We came to a huge roadblock of lorries at the cattle market when entering the city and also passed the sheep market on our way to Wim’s.  When we stopped at Wim’s Holland House, we were greeted like long lost…

Tigray

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We drove from Axum to Hawsen in the Tigray region. The Gheralta cluster of rock-hewn churches are not far from there. We opted to visit the nearest of them. We stayed at the Tourist Hotel which is very nice because you can actually park your vehicle right in front of your room.  We paid 230Birr for a basic but clean…

The history of Axum

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We stopped to take photo’s at a church not sure if it was the Church of St Mary where the Ark is kept. A small voice suddenly said behind me that this is the church of 4 languages. I asked him where the famous Church of St Mary is and he said he will show us and be our guide…

A country called Ethiopia

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Travel to Ethiopia and become seven years younger…”
 
This much-touted slogan appears on every tourist brochure and poster that you see in Ethiopia and has its origin in the fact that Ethiopia runs on a completely different calendar system to the rest of the world. Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar and their new year falls on our 11 September…

Night(mare) drive from Gonder to Axum

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We have certain VERY specific rules when driving.

NEVER EVER drive at night
Know the route and road conditions for the day’s driving
Know where you are going to overnight at you destination
ALWAYS fill your petrol tank before leaving for your next stop

These are the top rules but as it goes, we already slipped up as you all…

Gonder–the Camelot of Africa

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The city of Gonder dates to the 17th century AD, when it was part of the Abyssinian empire, a capital city founded in 1634 by Emperor Fasilidas. Gonder is well known for its numerous beautiful castles with architecture derived in part from medieval Spanish and Portuguese traditions. It was a real privilege to stay for a day opposite the Royal…

Wad Medani to Gonder

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We had a much better trip to Wad Medani than the previous one. We stayed over at the Imperial Hotel (250SP) a bit expensive but with a usable en-suite  bathroom, clean beds and aircon.  We took of to the border at Matema early next morning, stopped for  breakfast next to the road, waving for every vehicle that drove past and…

Addis Ababa and heading north

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Ethiopia is a beautiful country. We really enjoy being here and will spent longer time than anticipated in the country. The people are friendly and helpful. We were never stopped by Police. Some children beg and get angry if you drive past…sometimes trying to hit the bakkie with their whips but that only happened twice. When you beg back, they…

Ethiopia’s Culture and environment

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Ethiopia is totally different from any other of the counties we travelled through. It felt as if we’ve landed in the Bible anywhere in the Old Testament and we became part of it. The people, the way they dress, the loaded donkey carts, EVERYTHING is as one reads in the Bible. We travelled so far through the Rift lake area…

Our first week in Ethiopia

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We decided to have a short day not driving too far after our Turkana trip. We drove from Ormorate  to Turmi and camped at Mango Campsite. This was a real haven to recoup. We thoroughly enjoyed staying there. The weather was very nice, we braaied, baked and dried another batch of rusks, relaxed and enjoyed the environment. We stayed 2…

Day 157… Addis Ababa- Rain, Beer and Bedbugs

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Hello,
My route over the last few days.

After a couple of days in Khartoum I left the capital with Ethiopia visa in hand. The day south started quite slow with massive traffic for about 200km south of Khartoum. There are not so many trucks and busses that clog the roads it is just that the cops drive at 40km/h…

Turning for home

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Sudan would end up being the northern most country we would visit on our African odyssey. With time and declining bank balances, restrictive Egyptian import laws, and the Syrian conflict staring back at us, we made the difficult decision to turn the PPE around and head back for Tanzania. Kathmandu it wasn’t; nor was it Istanbul, nor Cairo. But a…

Turkana Route Done – Kenya Believe It

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In Omorate we bought some diesel on the black market as we still had some Birr left over. This was syphoned from a 44 gallon drum into a watering can and then poured into the beast by the local child labour. We then had our carnets and passports stamped without any real problems (Wendy turned the carnet guy around by…

Addis To Omorate

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Leaving the thriving metropolis of Addis Ababa, we went on our way to meet up with the other members of our posse for the trip into the Wild West that is Turkana, a land where cows owned by people of one tribe are rustled by members of another tribe, often resulting in bloodshed. When I have my hair rustled it…

The Simian Mountains

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The Simian
Mountains was one of the first must-see places on our list when we started
planning for Africa. Many overlanders have discussed back and forth if this
area is safe to visit, but apparently all are believe this is a magical place.
For a long time, however, it has been recommended not to travel the “historical
loop” in Northern…

Northern Ethiopia

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Before I start writing this blog I would like to write short about the Ethiopian salaries and also the cost level in Ethiopia. During our stay this is level of salaries we have been told about: a small scale farmer maybe make 500 birr (26 USD) a month, a security guard at a hotel makes 1000-1300 birr (55 – 72…

Lalibela to Addis

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We went to have a look at the Blue Nile Falls near Bahar Dar. Declining a guide we ended up with an unofficial guide anyway, plus about 20 kids following us trying to flog their wares. The falls were ok, but I believe they have been affected by a hydro electric plant, and only improve later on in the rainy…

Lake Tana to Simien Mountains

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On a bullshit management course I went on a couple of years ago we were told about delivering difficult news with a Bad News Sandwich – if you want to tell somebody that they’re effectively ineffective you start with a slice of something good, throw in the negative filling and finish off with another positive slice. “Nice haircut. You’re fired.…

Lalibela and the road north

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Our first
stop going north from Addis Ababa was Lalibela. In Lalibela you find one of
those rare historical sites in the world that you struggle to believe even if
you are staring right at it. The roch hewn churches in Lalibela are carved out
of solid rock, and there are eleven of them!
The local
history explains that the…

Visa waiting in Addis Ababa

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Our stay in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, turned out to last a little bit longer than we had planned. The visa we were told could just be “collected” at the embassy actually took us 10 days to process. Good thing we’re not on a two weeks holiday… Fortunately, Addis Ababa is a very nice city. Because we were…

The western route south from Ethiopia, Omorate to Sibioli National Park Kenya, via Lake Turkana

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We found an alternative tar or asphalt road to the busy tourist road (route 6) running from Addis to the Moyale Kenya border via Dila. We decided not to take this road as I had experienced it 5 years ago and it was slow and only offered cheap motels/hotels and is littered with people the whole route. Instead we drove…

Addis Ababa heaven

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Bye bye Axum

Arriving annes house Addis

We were so tired when we finally reached Addis Ababa on the 20th April. The journey from Axum had been 1000km of really bad roads, high mountain passes, dangerous hairpin bends and people and animals all over the road and we were practically stuck in the car all day. We saw several roads…

Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia

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Nechisar National Park
One of the most unusual parks I’ve been in. It was not too expensive to enter and we found it to be a perfect test before entering the south bound Turkana track with all its river crossings, mud baths and windy picturesque tracks.
Nechisar is made up of jungle, river crossings, beautiful lake views and plains. We…

To the Red Sea!

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Crossing over to North Sudan
Driving down from Gondar in Ethiopia to the Sudanese border takes you from a very cool elevation of 2,100m down to just 600m. Upon arriving at the border town of Metema, we were completely dumbfounded by the intensity of the Sudanese desert heat. “Only 38 degrees today!” the locals cheerfully replied. “In Khartoum, it’s 46!”…

Ethiopian Roads

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Truck on it’s side

A herd of Camals

A donkey carrying far to much hay

Truck loses it’s load down a donga

We found some interesting photo’s depicting Ethiopian roads while we driving south towards South Africa……

Our Bush Baby

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We are terribly proud of little Lily, she’s fitted in well with the travelling esp. when we have been forced to travel great distances.
She’s really enjoyed running out side with no shoes on and seems to be picking up so many words, languages, experiences for a two year old.
Here’s some of our favourites…
Love your parentsxxx

Lily’s bush…

Ethiopian National Park Hustlers, so Beware

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We made our way up north to the Simien mountains to a town called Debark, looking for Sib and Pris who were two days ahead of us after they left Gondor.
We arrived at the Simien National Park where we went looking for them and were told by the National Park Wardens that they were in the guest book and…

Southern Ethiopia

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After a long day on the Marsabit Moyale road and then doing the border crossing from Kenya to Ethiopia it was time to call it a day. Our first night in Ethiopia was spent in a hotel 1, 5 km from the border. There we were also served out first Ethiopian meal, grilled goat meat with the traditional injera, bread,…