It was now time for a last adventure before leaving Ethiopia, something I had been looking forward to for a long time and an absolute highlight. We would be crossing the border into Kenya west of Lake Turkana and on the way there visiting one of the Lower Omo Valley tribes in the far south.
I don't like Addis at all. It's big, noisy, crowded, expensive and it rains every day. However, the Kenyan Embassy is there and we needed an East African Visa which is valid for´Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Fortunatly in Addis there is also a Hilton.
Tis-Issat is a small village 30 kilometers south of Bahir Dar. The dirt road there can be quite muddy in the rainy season but it’s flat and straight all the way to the village. At the end of the road are the water works gates and to the left is the ticket office for the Tis-Abay, or Blue Nile Falls.
Bahir Dar is the capital of Amhara and third largest city in Ethiopia. Many tourists, both foreign and national are attracted by the nearby overflow where the lake empties itself into the Blue Nile, the Falls at Tis-Issat and the numerous island monasteries of Lake Tana.
Gebra Maskal (Servant of the Cross), of the Zagwe dynasty, ruled from 1119 to 1159. As a baby a swarm of bees gathered around him thus prophesizing his future as Negus Negest and which gave him the name honey eater or lalibela.
Probably a speed hump or a large rock did the damage. A leaking seal between the differential and rear cardan shaft. Hopefully nothing more serious. The differential casing seemed to be intact. Fortunatly I had in my spares box a new diff seal.
The Afar Triangle is situated at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley, bordered northeast by the Red Sea, southeast by the Somali Plate and northwest by the Ethiopian Highlands. Within it along the Ertrean border in the north is one of the deepest and hottest places on earth, the Danakil.
On one occasion we made the mistake of ordering a chicken frikasee with salad and were subsequently very sick for two days. To stay on the safe side we then ate more of the local stuff whenever we went out, almost always injera.