GEEKS. Ethiopia. Debark, Walya Lodge. Wednesday 18 November. Week 28, day 214.

ROUTE.

Wild Camp (29km from Gallabat and the border) – Gallabat/Metema border – Gondar – Debark.

Time taken and distance covered.

8hr and 317km including a speedy 1hr 20min through both sides of the border.

Route breakdown and details.

• The main reason this 300 odd kms took so long was twofold. The stretch of road between our wild camp and Gallabat was very potholed and it took us 35min to cover 30km. Then also after the border the road, although in reasonable nick, has many steep uphills and going is slow.

GEEKS. Sudan, Wild camp 29km from Gallabat/Metema Border. Tuesday 17 November. Week 28, day 213.

ROUTE.

Khartoum – Wad Medani – bypass Gedaref – Wild Camp (29km from border).

Total distance and time taken.

530km and 8hr 40min. OTHER DETAILS.

• Toll gate at 32km from Khartoum. Pay Sudanese Pounds 13.

• Turn left at Wad Medani, 180km from Khartoum.

• Turn right and bypass Gedaref 400km from Khartoum.

• The road is severely potholed from Gedaref to the border.

GEEKS. Sudan, Camping at Sudan Red Sea Resort (north of Port Sudan). Thursday 12 and Friday 13 (yikes!) November. Week 27, days 208 and 209.

ROUTE.

Wild camp about halfway on road to Port Sudan – Haiya Junction – Sinkat town – Suakin port – Port Sudan – Red Sea Resort.

Total distance travelled and time taken.

371km and 6hr 30min.

Route breakdown and details.

• Wild camp 150km from Ed Damer.

• Wild camp - Haiya Junction, 126km and 2hr.

• Haiya Junction – Sinkat town, 85km and 1hr 10min.

• Sinkat – Port Sudan, 118km and 2hr.

• Port Sudan to Sudan Red Sea Resort, 24km and 30min.

GEEKS. Sudan, Wild Camp (off Port Sudan road). Wednesday 11 November. Week 27, day 207.

ROUTE.

Wild camp near Naqa ruins – Meroe pyramids – Ed Damer – wild camp on road to Port Sudan (between Ed Damer and the town of Sinkat).

Distance travelled and time taken.

355km, rolling time about 6hr 30 min. Allow at least 1hr at the pyramids.

GEEKS. Sudan, Wild Camp (near ruins at Naqa). Tuesday 10 November. Week 27, day 206.

ROUTE.

Khartoum – turnoff to Musawwarat es Sufra after about 150km - Musawwarat es Sufra 23km and 45min further on – Naqa 25km and 50min further on – Bush camp 1km away.

Total distance to Musawwarat es Sufra and time taken.

172km and 4hr 20min.

Diesel in Khartoum is Sudanese Pounds 3,11/L (US$ 0,31/L), amazingly cheap.

GEEKS. Sudan (North), bush camp near Gedaref. Wednesday 4 November. Week 27, day 200.

ROUTE.

Gondar – Aykel (60km and 1hr 20min) – Derek Abay village (a further 74km and 1hr 40min) – Gende Wuha village and customs check – Kokit town (a further 43km and 50min) – Metema (a further 14km and 20min) - BORDER POST – Gedaref bypass `(151km from border taking 3hrs) – bush camp (a further 58km on taking 1hr).

Distance travelled and time taken.

400km, taking 10hr 10min, including 2hr to do border posts.

BORDER FORMALITIES.

Ethiopian side.

First need to re-emphasize, closed for lunch between 12H00 and 15H00.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Gorgora, Tim and Kim’s Village. Sunday 1 and Monday 2 November. Week 27, days 197 and 198.

ROUTE.

Bahir Dar – Hamusit village (30km and 45min) – Woreta town (a further 23km and 20min) – Addis Zemen (a further 24km and 20min) – Guzara Castle – outskirts of Azezo village turn left – onto dirt road after Gondor airport (after a further 84km and 1hr 50 min from Addis Zemen) – Tim and Kim’s Village (after a further 50km and 1hr 30 min.

Tim and Kim’s is on T4A and is a short distance from the village of Gorgora along a fairly rough but short track. Turn off for this track at N12 14,186 E37 17,894.

Total distance and time taken.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Bahir Dar, Agar Park and Recreation. Saturday 31 October. Week 26, day 196.

ROUTE.

Addis Ababa – Chancho village (44km and 1hr 25min) – Muka Turi town (a further 38km and 45min) – Goha Tsion town (a further 104km and 1hr 40min) – Dejen town (a further 43km and 1hr 15min) – Debre Markos (a further 65km and 1hr) – Addis Kidam town (a further 157km and 3hr 10min) – Bahir Dar (a further 88km and 1hr 25min).

Total distance and time taken.

539km and 11hr 10min.

GEEKS. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa,Wimm’s Holland House. Tuesday 27 October. Week 26, day 192.

ROUTE.

Dinsho Camp Bale NP – through villages of Wesha (48km), Adaba (8km), Herero (10km), Dodola (15km), a total of 1hr 30min.

At Dodola turn right (north) 2,5km west of town, heading for Asela. (Turn at N 06 59,899 E39 08,999).

Dodola – Hasasa (17km) – Negela (19km) – Merato (17km), Sagure (45km) – Assela (21km). Dodola to Assela took 1hr 50 min for the 119km.

Assela – Nazaret, 73km and 1hr 15min. At Nazret, on outskirts, turn left onto expressway signposted Modjo.

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