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October 2015

GEEKS. Ethiopia, (H)Awassa, camping at Progress International Resort Hotel. Friday 23 October. Week 25, day 187.


Dorze – Abre Minch – Soda – Awassa.

Total distance and time taken.

240km, 4hrs.

Route breakdown and details.

In time to come when the road reconstruction has progressed this will be a really wonderful route, if not already so.

• Dorze Lodge – Abre Minch, 25km.

• Abre Minch – Soda, 117km, 3hr. Soda quite a major center.

• After Soda turn right after 10km onto dirt road under reconstruction. Head for GPS co-ords N06 57,654 E38 06,526.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Dorze, camping at Dorze Lodge. Thursday 22 October. Week 25, day 186.


Jinka – village of Waito - Karat-Konso – Giddle – Abre Minch – Dorze Lodge.

Total distance and time taken.

263km and about 6hrs.

Route breakdown and details.

• Jinka – Karat-Konso, excellent tar road, through some lovely hilly country. 144km, 3hr.

• Karat-Konso – Abre Minch (Paradise Lodge), again good tar. 88km, 2hr.

• Paradise Lodge to Dorze Lodge, tar then good all-weather mountain road. 31km, 55min.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Mango Campsite, Turmi. Monday 19 October. Week 25, day 183.


Omo valley market days     Village/ town       Tribes you will see


Arbore                                                         Arbore & Tsemay Kako Banna and the Ari tribe

Turmi Market                                               Bashada and the Hammer tribe



Dimeka                                                        The Hammer, Karo, Tsemay, Banna, Bashada

GEEKS. Ethiopia, LAKE TURKANA ROUTE: DAY 7. Mango Campsite, Turmi. Sunday 18 October. Week 25, day 182.


Wild camp at old Kokai Camp – Illeret – cross unmarked and unmanned Kenya/Ethiopian border – Turmi/Omorate tarred road – Omorate – Turmi – Mango Camp.

Total distance travelled and time taken.

196km and 10hr.

Route breakdown and details.

• Kokai – Illeret police station, dirt roads/tracks decent enough if taken slowly. 30km and 1hr 50min.

• Illeret – unmarked border, minor tracks but not too testing. 21km and 1hr 10min. •

Border – tar of Turmi to Omorate road. Tracks as above. 54km and 2hr 45min.