We left Awash NP and we were on our way towards Omo Valley. The road we took seemed to be less touristy. We didn’t meet many travelers and for example we paid only 80 Birrs for a lovely room in one of the small hotels in Nazret. This is a funny thing about Ethiopians – Firstly we asked how much it would be for staying in a car on their courtyard and they said 100 Birrs, but when we asked how much was for a double room, they said 80 Birrs and parking free… No logic, but the room was seriously cosy, even there was no running water.
Our destination was a small town called Konso. We were very interested in visiting people from various tribes. Omo valley is one of those places which is inhabited by colourful people with many traditions. We took the road through “lake district”, but we really didn’t stop at any of those lake. We have heard that swimming is safe only in Lake Langano as it is one Ethiopia’s few lakes have been declared bilharzia free. Even though waters of Lake Langano are brown, it is worth to get wet.
On our way to Konso we met so many different people. They were so curious of us, of our car and what we have inside Rusty. Lots of kids were doing lots of tricks to pay our attention. Some of them were standing up side down, some of them were dancing, some of them just smiling and waving. Some people were trying to sell some things, like unknown to us food or wooden, handmade riffles (which from far looked like real)
Roads in Southern part of Ethiopia are less tarred, but still 2WD is still able to drive through. Some parts of roads were though ( especially when we needed to cross over flooded areas), but still we managed to drive without any car damages.
Before Konso we saw a sign and road, which were leading to Turmi, but unfortunately the road was in horrible condition! It was too corrugated and driving 10k/h wasn’t promising. We stayed for a night at some sort of the rest place in Weyto – we were camping in Rusty at their premises.
Photos of our “camping site” and surrounding and local kids
Towards Konso – finally tarred road again:D