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December 2015

GEEKS: Kenya. Marsabit, Henry’s Place Campsite. Sunday 6 December. Week 31, day 232.


Wild camp 27km south of Moyale – Turbi village after 97km – Marsabit after further 119km – Karare Gate Marsabit NP after a further 24km – 22km drive through the park from Karare Gate to Ahmed Gate in Marsabit – Henry’s Place.

Total distance and time taken.

  • Wild camp to Marsabit, 216km, 3hr; (meaning border to Marsabit = 243km).
  • Circuit of Marsabit – Karare Gate – Lake Paradise – Ahmed Gate and Marsabit again, 54km taking just short of 3hr with stops.

GEEKS. Kenya. Bush camp just south of border. Saturday 5 December. Week 30, day 231.


Camp at Sky Water factory near Dilla – Yinge Chefe – villages of Godem, Gerba – Hagere Maryam – Yabello – Moyale.

Distance travelled and time taken.

400km, 10hr 50 min including the almost 3hr at the border.

Border formalities.

Ethiopian side.

If possible try not to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday.


KENYA, KENYA, KENYA! Bush camp just south of border. Saturday 5 December. Week 30, day 231.




“It is a strange moment when you realize that the sounds of nature are the sound of millions of animals, birds and insects all trying to get laid”.


After a most gratifying good night’s sleep in the factory grounds we had an early start. We just could not wait to get into Kenya and the wilds again. Our plan was to spend some time camping amongst the animals of national parks which we had grown to love, feel comfortable in and had been missing badly. We were headed towards Samburu Game Reserve and Meru NP in the north of Kenya.

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.