Turkana and onwards by land to Ethiopia
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2012 2:08 AM Last Post By: Priscyg
Oct 23, 2012 12:48 PM
Turkana and onwards by land to EthiopiaHi,
I have been living in Kisumu for over the last year now and am plannin a trip to turkana and onwards by land to ethiopia.
I am getting mixed reviews about how long this trip could take and how safe the journey to moyale is.
Have you met other travellers or any locals that have any advice about what is possible?
My guide book says that maralal to loyangalani could take days on a fish truck and to go onwards to marsabit via kargi could take a month of waiting for a truck.
Another thing that is unclear is whether i can get a visa at the ethiopian embassy in nairobi as a UK Citizen....
If you have any information about these areas i would be very greatful.
Oct 23, 2012 1:25 PM
1Very briefly, hazey:
1) no visas possible for overland entry (you have to send your passport back to the UK or fly Nairobi-Addis). At least you won't have to trouble yourself going to Nairobi - you can do the lovely Baringo-Maralal road!
2) Maralal to Loiyangalani shouldn't be a huge problem. The road has been partly graded and repaired and it's truly not a difficult trip. You'll still have to wait for a vehicle making the journey, but making an early start from Maralal you should reach Loiyangalani the same day.
3) Loiyangalani to Marsabit is trickier, but again, not as bad as it used to be. I would estimate 1 to 3 vehicles a day make the trip, though some only as far as North Horr.
4) Marsabit to Moyale there's a steady trickle of vehicles setting off every morning, including paying buses and trucks depending on recent security issues. There's only been one ruckus around Moyale in the last six months as far as I'm aware.
Oct 23, 2012 1:40 PM
Oct 24, 2012 12:36 AM
I am planning my trip to Kenya, will be travelling in Western Kenya, Kisumu, Kericho, Kisii, Homa Bay, Rusinga Island possibly, during three weeks in January. I am travelling solo and would be happy if you could give any advice/recommendations regarding this area, i.e. things to see and if there is something i should avoid.
Oct 24, 2012 12:37 AM
4You can't get an Ethiopian visa in Kenya (either at the border or at the embassy in Nairobi).
As for the Moyale area, I came through there on a bus 2 weeks ago and it was fine. The last time they had violence was July, and a prison guard there told me that they (the police) starved the perpetrators out of the bush and locked them up in Moyale. You'll see a couple of burnt out villages and lots of WFP and UNICEF tents and army with guns, but I think the increase in army and police - both on the Ethiopian and Kenyan side - has contributed towards the current peace.
Oct 26, 2012 2:08 AM
5I think its best that you visit the Ethiopian embassy here in Nairobi to confirm details of your visa. It wouldn't be a problem if you have been living in Kenya for the past 1 year.
The journey is not for the faint hearted but again one of the most adventurous place to visit on earth. It will be a rewarding trip am sure..
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