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Getting There & Away

Two morning buses and lots of minibuses run from Debark to Gonder (Birr40, 2½ hours). The only bus to Shire (for Aksum) is the Gonder service that passes through Debark around 8am, but it’s often full. If you want to guarantee a seat, the national-park office, your guide or hotel will reserve you a place by getting somebody in Gonder to ride in your seat between Gonder and Debark. They charge Birr300 to Birr350 for this service; arrange it a day in advance. Hitching is possible, but you may need more than one day to reach Shire.