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Jan 14, 2020 - Gondar and the Simien Mountains

Half way on the itinerary, time to mention the influemce of two countries who have/are influencing Ethiopia's history: Italy and China. Italy had two shots at occupying modern-day Ethiopia, in the mid 1890s and again in the mid 1930s until the Allied forces took over in 1941 for a further 6 years. It is fair to say that the Italians began to create an infrastuture in this huge country with some of their major roads still in use today, though the Chinese have taken over the road-building programme these days. The Italians seem to have also...

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Nov 10, 2018 - Gondar

05 Gondar Again, no pictures because of slow internet The drive from Bahir Dar to Gondor took us east of Lake Tana, through agricultural areas and many small villages. Some of the villages look quite quiet – it is not their market day. Others are bustling. Many people are walking on the road to get to the nearest market, and we saw one group of men carrying a litter with an ill person in it. The nearest hospital is about 5 kilometres away and there are no ambulances in the rural area. There are many crops in this area – rice, wheat, niger...

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Jan 11, 2018 - Simien Mountains 11 and 12 January

Itinerary Description A spectacularly scenic area with interesting endemic mammals, including Gelada baboons, as well as many species of birds. Ethiopia is sometimes called the ‘Roof of Africa’, and the spectacular Simien Mountains hold its highest point, Ras Dashen, at 4620m the fourth highest mountain on the continent. The Simiens are a dramatic landscape of green carpeted gorges and chasms which are home to some of the country’s rare and endemic species. It is relatively easy to see large troops of gelada baboons, shaggy maned primates...

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Trip around Ethiopia

Jan 9, 2018 - Gondar 9 and 10 January

Itinerary Description This morning we take boats out onto Lake Tana to take in its fantastic collection of ancient monasteries, dramatically situated on the lake’s islands and peninsulas. From there we will continue to Gondar (175kms- approx.3 hours) and acquaint ourselves with the town on arrival. The Royal Enclosure at Gondar is one of Ethiopia’s key sites, and rightly so. Enshrouded in mystery as to its origins, Gondar became the capital of King Fasiladas in the 17th century and an important city in the region. What is astonishing about...

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Trip around Ethiopia

Mar 21, 2016 - 18 March 2016 - Gondar, Ethiopia

On the morning of the 18th we headed out of the mountains for the trip to Gondar, the old capital of Ethiopia. We thought it would be a quick trip - how wrong we were! First of all, as we headed out we noticed a truck in front of us blowing a lot of smoke. Pretty soon this truck was broken down in the middle of the road, blocking traffic in both directions. We were stuck and as we waited there hordes of children magically appeared over the mountain with baskets to sell. They were pretty poor, most of them bare footed and clad is ragged old...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Ethiopian Highlands No. 2

Part 2 of our Ethiopian Highland travels. The local bread is called injera. It is a greyish colour, made from the tef grain and looks suspiciously like grey tripe, or like a towel when it is served rolled up. It tastes sourish and is best eaten with spicy foods. Another local speciality is tej (honey wine). People are friendly, very smiley and like to practise their English but the conversation often ends up with a request for money for something - pen, dictionary, football, school fees. In Lalibela we visited a local school where the...

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Mar 15, 2012 - Gondar

Tuesday 13th March Debark to Gonder We left from our hotel in Debark at around 8am and headed off to our last destination in Ethiopia – Gonder – the town famous for its castles. It was once the capital of Ethiopia – many towns have been the capital over the centuries, dependent on who was running the country at the time. As usual, the roads were very dusty in places because there were quite a lot of road works on the way. We came down from 2,650m at Debark to about 2,300m at Gonder so the altitude does not affect you as much. The trip to...

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Feb 9, 2012 - Gondar

Thursday 9th February We left the Tana Hotel at 8 a.m. for the drive north to Gondar, arriving at the Ghoa Hotel at lunchtime. Again, the drive was interesting as we climbed higher on good roads and passed through small towns and villages. The hotel is perched up on the cliff tops over-looking the town of Gonder and surprise, surprise, we have wi-fi. Maybe in the evening I will be able to catch up on some things, including this journal. After checking in. we went to lunch at a nice restaurant with local music and traditional dance. I had...

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Ethiopia 2012

Jan 10, 2012 - Gondar

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND For some general information on the city of Gondar, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Ethiopia & Eritrea chapter on the Historical Circuit: "It’s not what Gonder is, but what Gonder was that is so enthralling. The city lies in a bowl of hills where tall eucalyptus trees shelter tin-roofed houses, but rising above these, and standing proud through the centuries, are the walls of castles bathed in blood and painted in the pomp of royalty. Often called the Camelot of Africa, this description does the royal city a...

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Mar 4, 2011 - Gondar

Wir erreichen Gonder nach 3 Stunden Busfahrt – aus der gemütliche Busfahrt wird schnell ein einziges Gehüpfe und Gewackel – wir sitzen ganz hinten und bei jeder Bodenwelle und jedem Loch schleudert es uns in die Höhe – manchmal bis zu 50 Zentimeter vom Sitz. Irgendwann reicht es mir dann und ich stelle mich auf die Treppen am Ausgang, so kann ich das Gehüpfe mit meinen Beinen ein bisschen ausgleichen. Fühlt sich jetzt an wie Windsurfen über starkes Kabbelwasser oder Snowboarden über eine Huckelpiste. Am Nachmittag besichtigen wir in Gonder...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Gondar

Unsere Reise nach Gonder beginnt nach dem Frühstück. Ein Minibus, der bereits halb gefüllt ist, holt uns vor dem Hotel ab. Anschließend dreht er gefühlte 1000 Runden durch die Altstadt und um den Busbahnhof, um die restlichen Plätze aufzufüllen, bevor es dann eine Stunde später in Richtung Gonder los geht. Wir sitzen diesmal zu zweit auf einer Zweierbank, also relativ bequem und nach 4 Stunden Fahrt über Asphaltstraße erreichen wir Gonder. Kurz im Hotel eingecheckt, ein paar Nudeln zu Mittag gegessen und schon geht es wieder auf...

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Nov 28, 2009 - Donkeys, Mules & Jackasses

I think I’ve just hit that point in all travel where just hit a wall. When you have seen so much, be it good or bad, that you sort of overload. The day consisted almost entirely of sitting in a car. It all started at 6am when the hotel staff started dragging furniture around. They were still at it when a 4x4 came to pick me up at 7:30. For the next 3 hours we drove over roads made of rocks and dust, lots of dust. Some of the landscape was striking, villages of round huts and sheep grazing in fields. Every now and then there would start to...

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