9th March 2013 W/P 102 1369mtrs N09.31’31 E044 04.359 Hot 39c
If you change a Hundred Usd into Somaliland schillings …you will need a wheelbarrow to carry the paper notes (well nearly)….lol…its true. Largest Somaliland note Som sch 500 around Usd.015
Thanking the Owner Mr Abdilgadir Hashi Elmi For his gracious offer for us to stay at the relaxing Maan-soor Hotel Berbera. The previous Hotel policy ‘’No-camping inside the Hotel ground’’ ( at Hergeisa and Berbera has now changed. Overlanders like us are welcome to take refugee inside the grounds as long as we eat the food on their great menu …..as we did every day…just great, and respect all other Hotels facilities. PLEASE GO IF YOU ARE IN Somaliland it was just great to visit people which have not been contaminated by over tourisum.
It’s safe and happy just visit Somaliland and meet and see some wonderful people. Please check out www.maan-soor.com
Maan-soor Hotel Hargeisa www.maan-soor.com
Elayne pulls out our old Chinese camping chairs as we sit and take in the surroundings in peace around eighty kilometres from Addis. Victor nestles under some eucalypt trees at Ehto German Camp at 2513mtrs above sea level watching hooded vultures soaring across the open valley as several dust devils whirl below racing across the valley floor, the cool breeze soothing.
We had just set up camp enjoying our escape from the outside world when 20 minutes later 50-60 small trucks and cars began to arrive it was the noisiest hooting precession we have ever heard. Yes this beautiful valley view was a favourite place to bring newly weds. More and more cars arrived the noise was amazing the clapping and chanting resembling some International Soccer match. Dozens of well lubricated men start heading for bushes urinating and defecating around us, our peace had disappeared.
Elayne not sure which way to point her Chinese camping chair. We laugh at our demise what else could we do except look up above and watch the Hooded Vultures soar higher and higher. Eventually peace once again returned the clapping shouting hooting procession heads off, peace returns.
I am pretty stuffed after a pretty intense drive only a few hundred kilometres from our last camp…but these are not normal kilometres.
If you have driven in Ethiopia then you will understand what it can be like. Donkeys, Donkey Carts, (as wide as trucks and some stacked has high as hay stacks) Horses, Camels, sheep, goats, Trucks loaded to the gunwales flapping cases slap in your ears as you try and weave your way up the mountain roads passing convoys, Thousands of Tuk Tuk’s, weaving constantly from side to side their occupants waving franticly to gain our attention as Victor inches past. Similes burst in to delight as we return their hospitable wave…….waving their hands for us to stop their driver opens his throttle fully trying to board us like some pirate boat drawing alongside inches away, waving and smiling constantly……..shouting where are you from…….Australia I reply……they laugh and wave repeating ….Australia, as Victor finally breaks free and finds some open road.
Ethiopia is just endless people ….in fact it feels as if the whole population of eighty –five million Ethiopian’s are walking in either direction on the road we have chosen to head south to Addis.
Victor and crew enjoying the beautiful Ethiopian trees.
You are just drawn to their beauty.
We meet a wonderful traveller at Bahar Dar
It is hard to believe how Elayne and I have been so looked after, meeting the right people just at that critical point in time, when you are just about to give up, an amazing person appears helping you without any questions, without any thought for themselves, just wanting to help us any way possible……it blows us away every time…but this is life on the road, those unexpected treasures popping up when you never expect them and Libya had more than enough unexpected treasures.
Libyan border control
Victor and his new green Libyan number plates.
Our first night in Libya 30 klms from the border.
Thanks to the Libyan police for finding us our very very cheap diesel 15cents a ltr…..great.
Thanks again for keeping an eye on us it is very much appreciated our end. Just to say we had a great adventure in Libya and our visas worked!
Our only problem has been in Tunis, and yes, a one cent yellow plastic bag saved us!!!!!
We had to camp just outside Tunis Port as it was to late to start head off not wanting to drive at night. A very friendly man told us it would be the best to camp next to a Customs check point just outside the port as they will be working late into the night. Continue reading