The weather couldn't have been better and as we neared Kimana we had a magnificent view of the Kilimanjaro. Its highest peak is the Kibo, 5895 meters above sea level and the highest in Africa. The next morning was overcast and remained so for most of the day. That didn't disturb us though and the wildlife seemed to relish the cool air and turned out in abundance as we drove through the Amboseli.
At the Airport in Eldoret we finally had our passports stamped and were now legally in the country. Nairobi was just round the corner and so first of all we decided to have the van sorted out at the Jungle Junction, a well known overlander campsite and workshop. A very wise person once said “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
The police checkpoint was across the plain upon another hillock. We had arrived in Kenya but had no idea where the border exactly was. Presumably at the military camp we had just passed. Todonyang lay a few Kilometers farther on. There we could refuel and possibly stay the night. Soon thereafter however, we had completely lost our way. Jambo Kenya!!!
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.