Situation in Moyale/new hotel Kenyan Side
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2012 3:31 AM Last Post By: emes
Jan 19, 2012 8:58 AM
Situation in Moyale/new hotel Kenyan SideHi,
I posted this as an answer in the Kenya Branch - but thought it could be of general interest here also:
There is a very decent hotel in Kenyan Moyale now - its called Al-Yusra, rooms cost 2500 KSH, its obvious to find, its the only high building in town.
I stayed there in early January for FOUR nights - when the security situation was so bad (tribal clashes up to the outskirts of Moyale, shooting on the roads etc.) that the road between Marsabit and Moyale was blocked and we got stuck there - and I thought when I am stuck I at least want to be safe (which was a good decision, plus the hotel manager is very nice).
That is to say: The situation in Moyale could - probably always - be so or so; I did ask on the Ethiopian side and I did ask the Kenyan immigration; everyone said there was nothing to worry about; basically the unrest must have literally started when I walked over the border. Apart from being stuck this probably sounds worse then it was - I did not particularly feel unsafe; everyone I spoke to also said the tribal fighters would be only interested in other tribal fighters and not in Mzungus - but of course it was not a pleasing atmosphere to be in, six people got killed etc.
So basically everyone who goes this way between Ethiooia and Kenya should take into account that something like that could happen. On the Ethiopian side by the way I went Addis-arba Minch by plane and from there via Konso to Yabelo (public buses Konso-Yabelo operate on Monday and Thursday) which I felt was a good alternative to travel down the usual Addis-Moyale road.
Kenyan Moyale is, by the way, by far not the unpleasant place everyone says - I actually found the people to be very nice and helpful. AND: Crossing the border asap into Kenya makes sense - the bus to Marsabit is pretty quickly booked out; I could not get a ticket for the following day when I arrived - if I would have, I would have not got stuck. But then the security situation worsened and there were no trucks going the following day - and traveling in a truck would not have been my first choice anyway, its hot, dusty and long - although everyone who knows the road between Gondar and Axum will find the one from Moyale into Kenya almost relaxing. So: NO, it is not the worst road in Africa.
Jan 19, 2012 11:44 AM
Jan 20, 2012 11:52 PM
Apr 1, 2012 3:31 AM
I am cycling through Africa, now in Addis. I am just wondering how the situation in north Kenya looks like now.
I know that the road is crap, but I really want to cycle and not use bus/truck unless absolutely necessary.
Does anyone know the latest news? Are cyclists allowed to pass and did the tribal clashes stop?
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