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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Debre Markos October 17th 2016

After one day in Addis Ababa it was time to leave the Capital and to travel north. I will keep travelling North, taking a West Route via Lake Tana and Gondor / Simien Mountains, until I reach Lalibella. From here, I will travel back to the Addis Ababa again, this time taking a east route via Kombolcha. What can you expect in the North? The nature is beautiful with meadows, the Highlands, the deep canyons and the mountains. Today I visit different viewpoints to see the great nature for the first time of my Trip to North Ethiopia. The Simien Mountains contains endangered animals with only populations left in the Siemein Mountains The top three animals to see at the Siemien Mountains are the Gelada Baboons, Walia Ibex, and the Ethiopian Wolf (which actually looks more ... read more
A small town 2 hours north of Addis Ababa
Portraits in the local town
Portraits in the local town

Africa » Ethiopia May 17th 2016

Starving children, distended bellies, flies, Bob Geldof swearing at people for money and some skeleton called Lucy; that was pretty much my knowledge of Ethiopia growing up. What I found was a country as idiosyncratic as any I have ever travelled: 100 million people crammed into the second most populous country in Africa-the only one that has never colonised, 70 different languages spoken, it's own calendar(take away 8 years) and time (take away 6 hours), one of the strangest staple foods I've eaten (think foam rubber), a GDP up 85% since 2010 but no sign of this anywhere, some of the friendliest people to chat to but even more with their hands out and exaggerations of sites that need nothing of the sort. I loved it. Gonder I flew to the north of the country to ... read more
Simiens Mountains National Park
Most children work instead of school
Fessil Ghebbi royal enclosure-Gonder

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region February 23rd 2016

So I grabbed two mini buses to a bigger bus station and found me a bus headed straight to Shashamane…This 500 acres is the sacred home for Rastafarians that His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I gave for all those who wish to repatriate. I don’t want to get into too much detail here because I could go on for daaaaays about the history of this religion and all the weird ties that make it seem pretty legit. Buuuuuut as most religions come to the same deep understanding in their own certain way, it was very interesting to see how super devout Rastas handled the “new Jerusalem.” I got off the bus with no idea of where to stay as the Lonely Planet chapters I purchased online did not include this town…and as it turns out, there ... read more
they indulged me!!!
room with a view

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region February 19th 2016

Again I am at a loss for words upon arriving at a new African destination. WTF?!?! Where am I?!?!?! first leaving Kigali airport was a treat in and of itself which I appreciated the superior nervousness I obtained while taking my first inter-African flight. I succeeded in arriving in Addis Ababa, but somehow failed to connect with the guesthouse I booked and more importantly with the driver who was supposed to pick me up at 1:30am…..blurg….buuuuuuut I yet again managed and arrived to not speak English to the security guard but did get a room with my own toilet paper, towel, soap, sandals, and bottle of water. #WINNING!!! So my first day entailed arriving (success) and then trying to find contact solution as I was running low. Contact lens solution is a rare commodity in the ... read more
so close guys...so close...

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region January 6th 2016

After a daily juice, catch a bus for 20 brr to nearest large town of Dire Dawa, seek out the Salem bus office to find none running 07/01/16 as for Ethiopian Christmas Day, manage to arrange by the offering of someone in the queue (such is Africa) local minibus seat instead for 300 brr. Decide against trying to see the local cave art, more of a group bus outing for the distance, update the blog here and there along with a stroll round the old town and cool market. Enjoy some goat meat tibs and turn back to my basic hotel where I join a 70 year old man in search of water for my shower :) 150 brr room with a fan! 07/01 Armed and ready to go after a 3.30 am call from my ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Tigray Region January 2nd 2016

02/01/16 after a Mekele mango juice head to Hawzen, 2 hrs from Mekele on the local bus route 36brr £1. check in at place of stay 110 brr and catch motorbike through Megab onto the nearby rock churches 150 brr entry each so only see one, 40 min climb including some vertical & scrambling up rock to reach the cave church. Incredible creation and wall paintings inside are amazing. Return and get dropped off in small town of Megab, spend the last hours of light walking under the rock landscape in the rural countryside, back to Hawzen for 10brr. Catch most of the man Utd Swansea game in a large bar/restaurant with lovely tibs, salad & injurer. 03/01/16 catch my daily juice and head off for another excursion the other side of Hawzen in view of ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Afar Region » Danakil Depression December 29th 2015

Drive first to Abala, small town for join up with other trucks, not too bad if not for some irritating kids. Drivoe until reaching our pick up point for police escort to danakil landscape. Walk down to a camel / salt trading post before driving onto our first camp after some Africa time which means it's dark but beautiful stars ahead, sleep on raised beds with simple mattress & s bag under the stars. 30/12/15 head first to the salt lakes and drive through the shallows to the raised acid lakes of danakil. Incredible landscape nicknamed the hottest place on earth for its record temperature in the hot season. Avoiding the bubbling sulphur fumes makes for a fascinating multicoloured visit. Drive back out across the liquid salt to later reach the current mining site with all ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela December 25th 2015

I leave Gondar the next day 25/12/15 on the 5am local service for 150 brr to Lalibela, meet four Belgium lads on the bus which ends up cram full, not a great deal of leg room for non Ethiopians hah but none the less we eventually reach Lalibela around 4pm, I track down the recommended Salem guest house stay for 300 brr which is very pleasant and near the main cluster of churches. I spend the next two mornings at the churches for mass, this can be from midnight onwards but I'm not that keen. I meet Baruch on my first afternoon after viewing the bustling Saturday "farmers" market and tag along with his guide for the second morning (a busier Sunday), I even manage to find the football on the Saturday via a football den ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Gondar December 18th 2015

18/12/15 Kick off our Simien trek with a drive to Debark and meet (Josi) Joshua our guide & Sanet our scout. Start our trek at 4000 meters and reach first camp by 5pm. Day 2 cover 10 miles and camp above a hill, learn how cold the nights are! Day 3 11 miles, day 4 11 miles, day 5 drop further into the lowlands with its fascinating agricultural landscape and large community, covering 9 miles. Day 6 cover 9 miles again before reaching our final camp/private farmyard paddock with with livestock inside a small village. 24/12/15 walk 5 miles to the nearest town to catch our return van to Gondar. A brilliant week minus some frosty cold nights and blisters for me. Lots of birds & vultures spotted, Ethiopian Wolf, impressive Ibex, other deers, Gelada, vervet ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Jinka November 16th 2015

Back in Addis Ababa I planned my visit to the south. Asking for information at the tour agencies was worthless, since they charge a ridiculous amount and they tell you that it’s almost impossible to go to the Omo Valley by yourself, which is a lie! I stayed two nights in Addis Ababa to rest, did some laundry and wrote a blog-entry. I also went to the Ethnological Museum, which used to be a palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. Today it’s part the Addis Ababa University that opened in 1949. The museum displays several old, (religious) artwork, handicrafts etc. This particular part of the museum displays everything in order, starting with birth and continuing to childhood and so on. You'll also get to see Haile Selassie's bedroom and bathroom among others. At the hotel in Addis ... read more
Lake Awassa
Bull-jumping ceremony of the Hamer tribe
With two rasta's from Jamaica at the Nyahbinghi Tabernacle in Shashamane




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