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.


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.

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.

GEEKS. DANAKIL EXPEDITION. Metema to Hamedela village. DAY 1, Weds 25 Nov.


Mekele – villages of Agula, Tsebat, Desea, Shahigube – village of Berhale (lunch) – Hamadela (Hamade Ela) village and Lake Assal.

Distance and time taken.

160km and 6hrs with regular stops.

Route breakdown and details.

• Kawa Trail Bridge is 16km from Mekele on the south side of the tarred road towards Adigrat.

• Agula village, 42kms from Mekele.

• At Agula turn east on tar, heading towards Danakil Depression and Lake Assal. This is the newish tar road built for mining the Danakil.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Danakil Depression, Lake Assal and Erte Ale Volcano. Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 November. Week 29, days 221 to 224.

To recap some of the details involved in joining one of these expeditions, I would firstly strongly suggest going with ETT Travel Agency. They are highly professional and have well equipped vehicles with an experienced team. There are reports of disastrous trips with some of the less experienced tour companies. One can travel in one of their vehicles for US$400pp, or if they are happy with yours, self-drive with them at US$300pp if they cater for food and water. If you want to cater for yourselves then the fee is US$250pp.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Mekele, Hilltop Hotel. Tuesday 23 November, Week 29, day 220.


Adigrat – Edega Hamus – Frewenyi – Wukro – Mekele.

Distance travelled and time taken.

2hr and 102km.

I do realize that there are far more scenic and off the beaten track routes that can be taken, for instance those via Hawzien, but I was anxious to secure a booking for Danakil asap. As it turned out I need not have worried.

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.