Ethiopia. Slept on road to Moyale border, Friday 4 December. Week 30, day 230.



"Every crowd has a silver lining". P. J. Barnum.


Despite the expensive park entry fees we had been forced to pay to sleep at Awash NP gate, we did not even have time to enter the park, also no room for the compulsory guard. However before leaving we did spot a Besia oryx, a new subspecies for us and the first oryx (gemsbok) we had seen since leaving Botswana. Superficially I could see no difference between them.

GEEKS. Ethiopia. Awash National Park, Awash. Thursday 3 December. Week 30, day 229.


Lalibela –Woldiya - Mile – Awash – Awash National Park.

Distance covered and time taken.

558km, 12hr.

Route breakdown and details.

• Apparently there is a new tarred road from Lalibela to the “truck highway” from Nazret and Addis to Djibouti. Neither ourselves or T4A located this.

Ethiopia. Hotel Tukul Village, Lalibela. Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 December. Week 30, days 227 and 228.




“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” - Terry Pratchett.


Tuesday was spent quietly in camp as I shook off the last vestiges of my illness. It was great to swop notes with the 2 vastly different Swiss couples.

GEEKS: Ethiopia, Hilltop Hotel Mekele to Hotel Tukul Village, Lalibela. Monday 30 November. Week 30, day 226.


Mekele – Abergale – Sekota – village of Aseketwe – Lalibela.

Time taken and distance travelled.

9hr and 218km.


It had been suggested that we take this route through rural Ethiopia with its magnificent mountain passes rather than the direct tar road. It really is to be recommended.

Ethiopia, Danakil Depression, Lake Assal and Erte Ale Volcano. DAY 2.



“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen.


DAY 2, Thurs 26 Nov. Lake Assal, mineral springs, salt mountain; to Abalaa village towards Erta Ale volcano.


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