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Pictures of our 2nd Africa trip 2015 to Ethiopia
- Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Djibouti November 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2 from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Saudi Arabia January 9th to 12th, 2016
Ethiopia Map
       Map of the Horn of Africa
latest picture: November 18, 2015
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001  October 25th, 2015: After our
516th border crossing from Kenya to
Ethiopia in Moyale, Emil adds as our
183rd country “Ethiopia” to
our country ribbon
002  Gate at the border crossing in
Moyale: While on the Ethiopian side
the road is tarred, its counterpart on the
Kenyan side is dusty and broken gravel
003  Two ladies in a Muslim outfit.
In Moyale – not like in otherwise
Christian Ethiopia – the population is
surprisingly almost entirely Muslim
004  A young lady in Moyale attracts
attention with her green,
beaded headscarf
005  A crowd of colorfully dressed people
are populating Moyale’s only main street.
Ethiopia has 90m people with a
yearly growth of 3%
006  The Monday market in Moyale is
in full swing: Goats are being traded;
news and pleasantries exchanged.
The atmosphere is lively
007  We sleep in the parking lot of
the “Bekele Mola Hotel” in Moyale.
The daily water supply is carried by
donkeys from a nearby water tower
008  Emil sits skeptically in front of the
national dish “Injera” – a sourly flatbread,
arranged with small heaps of stews,
salads, rice, vegetables and meat .….
009  ….. after the spicy food we
quench the thirst with four bottles
of the local St. George Beer at
our hotel-camping
010  A herd of cattle occupies the whole
street. The larger the herd, the more
respected the owner, even if there’s
nothing anymore around to chow
011  A dark cloud promises rain –
a blessing for the country that already
shortly after the rainy season is
threatened by a severe drought
012  The stream of students leaving
their university never ends. What
future do these young people have?
Who gives them work?
013  Villages with round thatched huts
are still widespread in Ethiopia.
Daily life is still performing as it
did decades and centuries ago
014  Goats gather around the simple
hut. They need little to survive and are
a milk and meat source for the people
015  A farmer is working on his
field the ancient way with his two
oxen and a one-furrow plow
016  We are ready to hit the 60 miles
[100km] bumpy gravel road from Yabelo
to Konso. Emil deflates the tires …..
017  ….. after about one third of the
distance, Chinese road work is on its
way. The track itself deteriorates …..
018  ….. a herd of cattle uses an almost
finished road subsection, which is systematically
blocked for cars by stones across the road
019  Cacti are in full bloom, decorating
the lush green landscape between Yabelo
and Konso with shiny red dots
020  Termites are perfect master builders.
Their thin red towers as high as a house rise
skywards. Here between Yabelo and Konso
021  Acacias with their wide spread
branches are part of the African steppe
and always a fascinating sight
022  Lush green hills, only interrupted by the
narrow gravel road, accompany us on a section
to Konso, where it obviously rained more
023  Traditionally dressed ladies of
the Konso tribe walk along the gravel
road in direction Konso
024  The verdant mountains appear
as we near Konso in the
Southwest of Ethiopia
025  A tiny homestead nestles on a small
strip of flat land between the gravel road
and the forest shortly before Konso
026  In the African bush, women are
still considered as “pack donkeys”. Due
to deforestation they often walk great
distances daily to find some firewood
027  A neat village with spiky thatched
roofs along the way to Arba Minch.
Contrary to often rubbish strewn
cities, bush villages are clean
028  The woman carrying a huge pile of
straw on her back needs a break while
collecting the meagerly available “firewood”
029  Archaic donkey carts carrying
people and goods are (still) a
common mean of transport in Ethiopia
030  The two donkeys are not any more able
to pull the heavy carriage under their own
steam. The woman needs to push from behind
031  Wood collecting point: Antique
carts are loaded with wood slats and
drawn by donkeys to their destination
032  The moss on the trees is a sign
of a pretty humid climate, while the
air carries a lot of oxygen
033  A piece of nature: View from
our camping at the “Bekele Mola Hotel”
in Arba Minch to the green leaf canopy
of the “Bridge of God National Park”
034  Lake Chamo is besides Lake Abaya
one of the two Rift Valley Lakes near
Arba Minch. The “Bridge of God National
Park” separates it from Lake Abaya
035  Emil enjoys from our “Bekele Mola
Hotel” Camping in Arba Minch the view
over the reddish-brown Abaya Lake,
with 449 sq.mi. [1’162km²] the
second largest lake in Ethiopia
036  Early morning the sky finds
its reflection on the almost motionless
surface of Lake Abaya
037  At the Rastafarian Camp “Zion
Train Lodge” in Shashemene, the portrait
of Tafari Makonnen, also called “Ras Tafari”,
decorates the wall. He was as “Emperor
Haile Selassie I” the last Emperor of
Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 …..
038  ….. Coronation poster of November 2nd,
1930, of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress
Menen Asfaw. He was crowned “Negusa
Nagast”, literally “King of Kings” (= Emperor).
We arrive at the camp on its 85th anniversary,
on November 2nd, 2015 …..
039  ..... portraits from different stages
of life of Emperor Haile Selassie I,
born July 23rd, 1892,
died (assassinated?) August 27th, 1975,
and Empress Menen Asfaw
040  Rastafarians from the Island of
Réunion visit the Camp “Zion Train
Lodge” in Shashemene and pose for a
picture in front of our LandCruiser
041  Michael, son of the French owners
of the Rastafarian Camp, is a smart boy.
He is totally enthusiastic about
our LandCruiser!
042  A remembrance picture with the owners
Sandrine and Alex of Camp “Zion Train Lodge”
in Shashemene. Emperor Haile Selassie I
donated 1948 about ½m acres (=0.77 sq.mi.)
[2km²] of his private land to the Rastafarians
043  “Is the blue LandCruiser already
leaving?” The goat at the Camp “Zion
Train Lodge” in Shashemene peeks
curiously through the barn window
044  Cultivated fields in the highlands
are laid out in terraced patterns. They
form a colorful patchwork – here on
 the way from Sodo to Shashemene
045  Men on horseback are
riding with pack mules through
the lush green grassland
046  The landscape on the highland
between Shashemene and the Bale
Mountains looks like out of a
picture book
047  A quaint spot on the Ethiopian
Bale-Highlands: The combination of
brown, yellow and green of the
cultivated fields harmonize wonderfully
048  Yellow wheat fields, interrupted
by green umbrella acacias, dominate
big stretches of the landscape
around the Bale Mountains
049  A man is on a routine ride
through his land with his horse
050  The landscape in the Bale
Mountains shows its hilly and green
character above the Dinsho-Lodge
051  At the “Gaysay Grassland” sign we
enter the “Bale Mountain National Park”,
another candidate to the nine Ethiopian
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
052  Right after the “Bale Mountain
National Park” Park sign, warthogs
(Phacochoerus aethiopicus) are
grazing by the wayside
053  A male mountain nyala
(Tragelaphus buxtoni) looks
alert in our direction …..
054  ….. also a female stands stone
still and pricks up its ears until it abruptly
runs away – just above the Dinsho Lodge
055  Mountain ridges, gorges and
escarpments: The mountainous road
climbs from Shashemene (~ 6’550ft.)
[2’000m] to the “Bale Mountain
National Park” over more than 11’800ft.
056  A little farmhouse surrounded by
wheat fields. In the highlands grows also
the smallest millet in the world, called
“Teff” in Ethiopia. With its flour, the
National dish “Injera” is made
057  A remote little farm on the
highlands along the “Bale Mountain
National Park” mountain road with
kraals for their animals
058  An Egyptian Goose (Alopochen
aegyptiacus) with a bright plumage wanders
on the shore of Lake Langano at the
“Karkao Beach Cottages”. The water is
brown. stirred up by the fierce wind and
tributaries carrying soil along …..
059  ….. we set up camp
beneath a shady acacia at the
shore of Lake Langano …..
060  ….. next morning at sunrise,
the pink sky reflects in the calm
water of Lake Langano
061  The old train station of the “Chemin
de Fer Djibouto-Éthiopien” is an attraction
in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on
an altitude of 7’726ft. [2’350m]
062  Liliana at the breakfast table
with three dogs on our camping site at
“Wim’s Holland House” in Addis Ababa.
The mega capital has nearly 5m people
063  The friendly crew of
“Wim’s Holland House” in Addis Ababa
gathers around our LandCruiser
for a farewell picture
064  A stately new Christian church rises
from the Ethiopian savannah between
Adama (Nazreth) and Awash
065  Prickly pears, also called opuntia
(Opuntia microdasys), form a natural
fence around the modest thatched huts.
Their fruits are edible
066  A herd of camels comes our
way. Camels can travel 350 miles
[560km] without drinking and have a
life expectancy of 40 to 50 years
067  The Awash waterfall in the
“Awash National Park” tumbles into
the 500ft. [150m] deep Awash
Gorge in three sections …..
068  ….. a crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
 is basking in the sun well hidden behind twigs
on the Gotu campsite in the “Awash National
Park” at the shore of the Awash River and
frightens us quite a bit
069  Breakfast at our bush camp at
“Awash National Park”. Without a
long breakfast nothing works for Emil
070  A gracious East African oryx
(Oryx beisa) in the “Awash National
Park”. Newborn calves can run with
the herd immediately after birth
071  The yellow canopy of the
two scrubby trees add some
color to the barren landscape
072  A bottle tree (Adenium obsium)
with its delicate pink flowers, also called
desert roses. It delighted us already in South
Oman and the Island of Socotra in Yemen
073  Stepping through the picturesque
Shoa gate to the 0.4 sq.mi. [1km²] big
historic fortified old city of Harar in
Eastern Ethiopia takes us into
a seemingly Arab world
074  Taxis and tuk tuks (auto rickshaws)
from China animate the streets of Harar
075  A little boy is playing with an
empty plastic bottle in his backyard.
Children in Africa are still content
with such simple things
076  The old city of Harar is a maze of
twisting and narrow alleyways. It is one
of the nine UNESCO World Heritage
Sites in Ethiopia
077  In Harar’s old city the colorfully
dressed Harari women compete with
the brightly painted house facades
078  A young lady is carrying her
bundle graciously on her head. She is
negotiating the fare with one of Harar’s
tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) driver
079  The liveliest alleyway – the Ugga
Street in the old city of Harar starts right
at the Shoa gate. Souks, markets,
mosques and shrines attract big crowds
080  In Harar’s old city 387
alleyways are squeezed into
only 0.4 sq.mi. [1km²]
081  May it be a facial massage?
A “beauty salon” in the
historic city of Harar
082  One of the 97 family mosques
in Harar’s old city with its nice
and colorful facade
083  The “Medhane Alem Cathedral”,
originally an Egyptian mosque, is situated
at the main square of the old city of Harar
084  In “Ras Tafari’s House”, Emperor
Haile Selassie I spent his honeymoon in
the lovely wooden house of his father
085  Museum of famous French poet
Arthur Rimbaud. He lived from 1880
to 1891 in at that time called Abyssinia
086  The green-pink mosque with the
(unofficial?) name “Italian Mosque”
(Moschea Italiana) is at the market
square of Harar’s fortified historic city
087  Yellow water jerry cans
are for sale. They can be
seen all over Ethiopia
088  A thick 16ft. [5m] high and
2 miles [3.5km] long wall surrounds the
historic city. The wall was erected in the
16th century and was later additionally
protected by a second outer wall
089  The Fallana Gate in the North
is one of the six gates to the fortified
historic city of Harar
090  The Buda Gate in the old
city walls of Harar. Today its
wooden door is missing
091  Pushcarts, horse-drawn carts,
rickshaws, tuk tuk’s, motorbikes. cars
and in between people and animals –
Harar is brimming over with activities
092  On horseback: Statue of Ras
Makonnen, father of Emperor
Haile Selassie I, in Harar’s four lane
main road (Charleville Avenue)
093  The festively decorated Ras
Makonnen Church in Harar, where there
was once also Makonnen’s grave, which
however decayed (200 yards [200m]
northeast of the same-named statue)
094  Ethiopian coffee ceremony corner
at the “Fresh Touch Restaurant” in Harar.
It belongs to the social and cultural life of
the country and can be found virtually at
every hotel, restaurant and suchlike)
095  The “Oromo Martyr Memorial Statue”
in Chelenko, in honor of the dead in the
1887 battle, is on 7’120ft. [2’170m]
altitude and 30 miles [50km] from Harar
096  A flock of flamingoes gather
at the little Lake Aramy, 11 miles
[16km] northeast of Harar
097  A watering place in a village,
where people not only gather to collect
water in yellow jerry cans but
also to exchange news
098  Farewell from peaceful
Lake Aramy near Harar with
its flamingos in the distance
099  18.11.2015: We share the Ethiopian
custom in Galafi to neighboring Djibouti
with goats. Despite leaving the country,
the officer steps on the roof of the car
and snoops in our large aluminum box
Continuation to the next Ethiopian page: Ethiopia Part 2 November 27th to December 9th, 2015, from Djibouti to Sudan
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