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Sights & Sounds of Ethiopia

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Before we left camp this morning Paul secured the water reservoir with cable ties but decided not to remove he broken turret on the promise of ‘good tar all the way to Addis’. The crossing into Ethiopia this morning took…

Heading for Hawassa

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Leaving Yabello , I had been warned that the road all the way up to Hawassa was under construction , so I was up early to get a good start . I rode to the fuel station next to the…

Heading south ….

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Day 93 – L: Once again we slept well at Haile Resort in Awassa. We woke early and decided that we may as well get ready as it was another long day’s drive as there is not much in the…

Changing tack ….

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Day 87 – L: 4am in the morning and it is pouring!!! The sound on the roof is amazing, brings back memories of my childhood when we had a corrugated iron roof. Maybe that is why I love rain. We…

Roadwork Rodeo …….

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Day 74 – Happy birthday to Peter and Stuart B.T. – Have a good time XX L: It was a treat to have a perfectly quiet and fairly dark room S: and a king-size bed that for the first time,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…