Ethiopia

Jammin thru the Global South

Ethiopia, Part 1: Riding into Gorgora and TimKim Village

22 – 30 June 2011Welcome to the land of coffee, mountains and injera. Ethiopia sits in the Horn of Africa with the Great Rift Valley running through the whole country and defining its hugely varied landscape. This beautiful land, which is half fertile and half desolate, has nurtured the people of Ethiopia through the ages.…

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Ethiopia, Part 3: Gondar and its Castles

7 – 9 July 2011I had a wonderful two weeks break in Gorgora and now I was back on the road for a two week loop through northern Ethiopia. The biggest city in this area is Gondar, known for its castles. The city is also the gateway into the remote northern parts of the country…

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Ethiopia, Part 4: The Semien Mountains, The Roof of Africa

9 – 10 July 2011North of Gondar lies the impressive natural landscape of the Semien Mountains, a large expanse of volcanic origin. This rugged area is a part of the Ethiopian Highlands, which began to rise up 75 million years ago and subsequently got eroded as the East African Rift opened up along with the…

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Ethiopia, Part 5: Off-roading in the Highlands

10 -12 July 2011 North of the Semien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia, it gets remote. Most tourists turn south and head back or fly over to Axum to view its historical stelae. But since I have my own rugged transportation, I am free to wander remote paths through less-visited areas. With sanDRina chugging along…

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Ethiopia, Part 7: Lalibela and its Rock-Hewn Churches

15 – 17 July 2011 I made my pilgrimage through the mud of Ethiopia and arrived in the small town of Lalibela, perched on top of a plateau and housing several rock-hewn churches. Built in the 12th century CE, these churches are a marvel, being carved out of solid rock. The story goes that King…

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Ethiopia, Part 8: Addis Ababa, Lucy and Shashamane

17 – 25 July 2011 After spending four weeks in northern Ethiopia, I arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa. I had a few things to take care of such as renewing my Ethiopian visa and getting my visa for Kenya. sanDRina was also long overdue for some maintenance, such as a new chain and oil…

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Ethiopia, Part 9: Off-Road Convoy thru Omo Valley

26 – 31 July 2011 My time in Ethiopia was coming to an end and I had a fantastic route planned to make the exit grand. Currently, while traveling overland through Eastern Africa, there is only one area where the riding gets rough and that’s the crossing between Ethiopia and Kenya. There are two options…

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