GEEKS. Ethiopia. Axum, Africa Hotel carpark camping, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November. Week 28, days 216 and 217.


Debark – Adri Arqay – Endaabaguna – Shire – Axum.

Time taken and distance covered.

5hr 45min, 242km.

Route breakdown and details.

• As mentioned in the dispatch the first 30km is dirt down and along the most wonderful, narrow road. This drive must rate high in the top ten scenic drives of our journey thus far.

GEEKS. Ethiopia. Debark, Walya Lodge. Wednesday 18 November. Week 28, day 214.


Wild Camp (29km from Gallabat and the border) – Gallabat/Metema border – Gondar – Debark.

Time taken and distance covered.

8hr and 317km including a speedy 1hr 20min through both sides of the border.

Route breakdown and details.

• The main reason this 300 odd kms took so long was twofold. The stretch of road between our wild camp and Gallabat was very potholed and it took us 35min to cover 30km. Then also after the border the road, although in reasonable nick, has many steep uphills and going is slow.

GEEKS. Sudan, Wild camp 29km from Gallabat/Metema Border. Tuesday 17 November. Week 28, day 213.


Khartoum – Wad Medani – bypass Gedaref – Wild Camp (29km from border).

Total distance and time taken.

530km and 8hr 40min. OTHER DETAILS.

• Toll gate at 32km from Khartoum. Pay Sudanese Pounds 13.

• Turn left at Wad Medani, 180km from Khartoum.

• Turn right and bypass Gedaref 400km from Khartoum.

• The road is severely potholed from Gedaref to the border.

Sudan, Khartoum, German Guest House. Sunday 15 and Monday 16 November. Week 28, days 211 and 212.



“I get very homesick, but otherwise it's a great privilege to get to travel”.


Well this night in Khartoum, in familiar surroundings at the German Guest House, I felt properly homesick for the first time. We were able to skype the family and seeing my beloved bull dogs really made my longing for home and familiar surroundings, family and friends quite intense. But this soon passed and we are excitedly looking at some of the scheduling for the rest of the trip.


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