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Pictures of our 2nd Africa trip 2015 to Ethiopia
- Part 2 – from Djibouti to Sudan (November 27th to December 9th, 2015)
 
before:
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Kenya
Tanzania
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Malawi
Mozambique
Zimbabwe
Botswana
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
afterwards:
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: December 9, 2015
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100  Ethiopia’s flag. The country has an
own calendar, 7 years and 9 months behind
the rest of the world – an own time (6 hours
delayed; 12am = sunrise, noon = sunset) –
an own script (syllabic writing, related to the
Armenian script) and 80 languages but
Amharic being the only official one
101  Ethiopians landscape, bordering
Djibouti and Eritrea, is a plain covered
with crusts of salt, called Afar Triangle,
which is part of East African’s 3’700 miles
[6’000km] long “Great Rift Valley”
102  Huts of the Afar people who live
predominantly in Ethiopia but also in
Eritrea and Djibouti. When nomads
move in search of new pasture, they
pack up their huts and transport
them on the backs of their camels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
103  The enormous truck traffic through
the Danakil Desert between Djibouti
and Ethiopia ends catastrophically
for many driver …..
104  ….. driving in a never-ending line of trucks
on bumpy, potholed and broken-off tarred
roads that have extreme deep grooves (6 inches
[15cm]), requires a permanent concentration
105  A policeman watches a turned
over Coca Cola truck on the
Djibouti truck road”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
106  A nostalgic sight: A tiny camel
caravan moves through the Ethiopian
stony Danakil Desert
107  We stop to give a leopard tortoise
(Stigmochelys pardalis) the right-of-way to
cross the road. They can live 80 to 100 years
108  A group of griffon vultures
(Gyps fulvus) is waiting for a road kill.
They scavenge on dead animals
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
109  An Afar hut at the edge of the
Danakil stone desert
110  A yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus)
looks up to a fellow on the tree. Baboons are
social creatures. They use much time grooming
111  A sign reminds not to feed baboons.
Baboons live in groups of 5 to 250 animals.
They sleep on trees and cliffs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
112  Inseparable! A woman and her
indispensable donkey
113  A scene in front of a house:
Women are seen mainly in groups.
They live mostly outdoors
114  A peculiarity on thatched huts in the
Asbe Teferi region: Spires are adorned
with upside down clay pots
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
115  Already shortly after the end of the rainy
season, the landscape is completely dried out –
but 2016 is an exceptional drought year
116  In the arid plain a land spout
has formed and raises skywards
117  During the hot season, the shade
providing branches of an acacia are a blessing
– here on the road from Weldiya to Lalibela
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
118  A thatched village near Kilawa on the
new mountain road from Mille via Chifra to
Weldiya that climbs up to 6’230 ft. [1’900m]
119  In Kilenti, a mountain village between
Mille and Weldiya, a market is in full swing.
Camels wait to be loaded
120  Side by side: Traditional thatched houses
and a modern mosque between Mille and
Weldiya, about 15 min. north of Kilenti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
121  Does this girl of the Amhara tribe
not look innocently into our camera?
122  Mountain people between Gashena
and Lalibela descend from their village to
the street to catch a mean of transport
123  A stick and a shoulder scarf are
part of the outfit of a mountain dweller
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The road from Weldiya to Lalibela through the highlands reveals diverse scenery:
124  The River Awira west of Weldiya on
the “Chinese Road” to Bahir Dar and Gondar
runs towards the Danakil Depression
125  Tributary of the Tekeze River, which flows
to the Eritrea border and later into Sudan – here
along the road from Dilbe (27 miles [43km]
west of Weldiya) via Kulmesk to Lalibela
126  Thatched huts and bright yellow
wheat fields come into view, also on the
road from Dilbe (27 miles [43km] west
of Weldiya) via Kulmesk to Lalibela
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
127  In Lalibela a man is walking along
the street, draped in white cotton
128  At the Tukul Village Hotel in Lalibela
it even flowers on a thatched roof:
Climbing Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
129  Other overlanders show up at the
Tukul Village Camping: The Dutch Els
and Peter with their Mercedes 1222 truck
and Anne and Stan from South Africa
with their LandCruiser HZJ76
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
130  Ladies in their Sunday outfit are
on their way to church. Often they
have a long way to go
131  The huts in Lalibela are simple, but
setting and views are fabulous. View from
the northwestern group of churches
132  A man in Lalibela weaves a
traditional cotton scarf on his loom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An about 1000 years old architectural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site are the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The “Bet Giyorgis”
church (Saint George’s church) with its roof at ground level built in the shape of a Greek cross is optically the masterpiece of the 11 churches
133  The Saint George’s church was carved
top-down from a single rock (as did the other
churches) and then hollowed out on the inside
134  Liliana enjoys the view of the cross
formed, ground-leveled roof of
Saint George’s church
135  To reach the entrance of the church,
one has to descend 50 ft. [15m]
from ground level
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
136  A worshipper enters the Saint
George’s rock-hewn church to pray
137  A visitor sits in the sunshine sneaking
through the stone walls of the church.
At 8'000 ft. [2’630m] altitude it gets chilly
138  Lalibela worshippers enter through
the doorways carved in the rock to the
rock-hewn churches
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
139  A priest with his golden cross in
one hand and an aspergillum in the
other walks to the pilgrims
140  Priests are on the way to the pilgrims
with their distinctive crosses to bless them
141  Wrapped in his beautiful religious
regalia a priest steps out of a wooden door
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
142  At “Bet Medhane Alem” church a
monk is snoozing in front of saint images.
With its 110 ft. by 77 ft. and 38 ft. height
[33. 5 x 23.5m x 11.5m], it is said to be the
largest rock-hewn church in the world
143  Wall painting of a saint at
“Bet Medhane Alem” rock
church in Lalibela
144  Inside the church, white-robed
pilgrims are waiting to get the blessing of
a priest (“Bet Medhane Alem” church)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
145  In the “Bet Maryam” church in
Lalibela, the most popular church among
pilgrims, a religious festival in honor
of Saint Mary is celebrated …..
146  ….. monks and priests gather under a
red canopy. Men with sticks, performing a
dance, are standing face-to-face in two
rows. While chanting, they are moving two
steps forward, two steps backward …..
147  ….. then they relax on a bench
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
148  In the center of the celebration are
priests under umbrellas. The umbrella is said
to signify the presence of the Holy Spirit in
the Ethiopian Orthodox Church …..
149  ….. the religious celebrations end
with a long lasting singsong of a priest
150  Worshippers step out of the
“Bet Abba Libanos” rock-hewn church
of Lalibela’s southeastern group
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
151  A priest is putting aside a religious
text he was just reading and watches
the tourists passing by
152  The obtrusive but obviously necessary
roofing of most of Lalibela’s rock-hewn
churches (except „Bet Giyorgis“ -
Saint George’s) – here it’s “Bet Amanuel“–
diminishes considerably its original charm
153  A small obelisk, decorated with
different motifs all around, marks the
town center of Lalibela
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
154  Continuing our journey on the
„Chinese Road“, a tin-roofed memorial in
the shape of a round hut sits lonely in the
countryside between Lalibela and Gondar
155  Terraced mountain slopes belong
to the scenery of the highlands on
the “Chinese Road”
156  Between Debre Tabor and Gondar
an imposing monolith is rising from the
fertile plain around Lake Tana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
157  Flowering red bushes are refreshing
red spots in the green foliage of the forest
158  The “Devils Nose Rock”, a basaltic
rock finger about >150 ft. [>50m] tall,
approx. 2½ miles [4km] northwest of
Addis Zemen along the road to Gondar
159  The “Gemjabet Maryam” church
in Gondar belongs to the “Royal Enclosure”,
also called “Fasil Ghebbi”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
160  View from the hill of the Goha Hotel
over the city of Gondar, once
capital of Ethiopia
161  Street with stalls near “Ras Gimb/
Ras Gemp”, where Emperor Haile Selassie I
spent his summer holidays and his successor,
dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, installed in
1974 a torture prison
162  The Italian-built plaza with its shops
and restaurants marks Gondar’s modern
city center and serves also as square for
gatherings, demonstrations and festivals
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The “Royal Enclosure” (Fasil Ghebbi) of Gondar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which spreads over 17.3 acres [70’000m²]
and contains an impressive palace district of about eight buildings and three churches
163  The Fasilada’s archive (left)
and the library of Fasilada’s son
Yohannes I (right)
164  The Fasilada Castle is the oldest and
most impressive of the six castles. It is 105 ft.
[32m] high and has four domed towers
165  Part of the Banqueting Hall and
part of the wall with view to the city
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
166  Palace of Iyasu I, son of Yohannes I
(left) next to the Fasilada Palace
167  The flowering viburnum scrub
(Viburnum) inside the “Royal Enclosure”
spreads a delicate scent
168  The palaces in the “Royal Enclosure”
date from different imperial eras and were
founded in the 17th and 18th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The “Debre Berhan Selassie” church in Gondar, dating from the 17th century, is considered to be one of the most beautiful
Ethiopian churches. Legend has it that it has been spared from demolition by Sudanese invaders (marauding dervishes) by a
huge swarm of bees that attacked and chased them away
169  “Debre Berhan Selassie“ stone
church in the east of Gondar
170  A priest waits with his golden
cross for worshippers to bless them
171  Entrance for men to the interior of
the “Debre Berhan Selassie” church.
Women have to use the side door
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
172  To the church rules belong that
admission for men is not allowed if they
slept the day before with their spouse and
that ladies cannot enter during menstruation
173  The main altar depicts Jesus’
crucifixion and the Holy Trinity
174  One of the impressive biblical
scenes that cover each inch
of the church walls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
175  The ceiling is decorated with
hundreds of angel faces …..
176                                                                   177
 
….. and the walls show more outstanding mural paintings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
178                                                                 179
 
The wall paintings are a beautiful example of Ethiopian church art
180  The 13th tower and entrance
gate of the “Debre Berhan Selassie”
church in Gondar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
181  Emil’s mouth is watering when
his menu is served at the “Four Sisters”
Restaurant in Gondar
182  Coffee ceremony at “Four Sisters”
Restaurant: Coffee drinking is ceremonial
in Ethiopia even in the tiniest of villages
and places. Beans are roasted, crushed,
brewed and served in tiny cups
183  According to the motto “The customer
is king”, the waitresses bow goodbye to Emil
at the “Four Sisters” Restaurant in Gondar –
a lovely finish of our Ethiopia journey –
now it’s time for Sudan!
 
Back to the 1st part of the Ethiopian trip: Ethiopia Part 1 October 25th to November 18th, 2015, from Kenya to Djibouti
 
The "Greater"-Middle East trip 2012/13:
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Oman 2013 – Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 – Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 – Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Iran - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) May 2013
Iran - part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh May 2013
Turkey - Esendere-Hakkari-Van-Dogubayazit-Kars-Ardahan-Hopa-Georgia Border – May/June 2013
Georgia - part 1: Ajaria-Gori-Tbilisi-Kakheti-Azerbaijan Border June 2013
Azerbaijan: Georgia Border-Balakən-Şəki-Lahıç-Baku-Xınalıq-Quba-Laza-Baku-Gəncə-Georgia Border June 2013
Georgia - Part 2a: Azerbaijan Border-Tbilisi-Armenia Border June/July 2013
Armenia part 1 July 2 to 9, 2013: Georgia Border - Akhtala - Haghpat - Dilijan - Lake Sevan - Selim - Arates - Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Stepanakert-Gandzasar-Martakert-Tigranakert-Tnjri-Shoushi-Armenia July
Armenia - Part 2: Nagorno-Karabakh-Goris-Tatev-Noravank-Khor Virap-Echmiadzin-Yerewan-Geghard-Gyumri-Georgia Border July 2013
Georgia - Part 2b: Armenia Border-Ninotsminda-Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Kazbegi-Kutaisi-Zugdidi July 2013
Georgia - Part 3a: Zugdidi-Swaneti-Zugdidi-Abkhazia Border – July/August 2013
Abkhazia: Georgia-Sukhumi-Tsebelda-Novyy Aton-Lake Ritsa-Gagra-Pitsunda-Georgia August 2013
Georgia - Part 3b: Abkhazia Border-Poti-Ferry to Ilyichevsk/Ukraine – August 2013
 
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