How to get there
The cheapest way is probably to fly
Ethiopian Airlines. The flight is rather short from Europe (circa 6
hours). Local flights are available on small planes (15 seats) making
the transportation of the ORWC a real challenge. We had to be very
persuasive to succeed in each of the 4 flights we took...
Our second trip to Ethiopia took place in the southern lands, and we
prefered hiring a 4WD car which gives a better flexibility than the
small planes. The drawback, however, is that it implies long days just
beeing sitted and shaken in the car...
What is the best time
Avoid the rain season, from June to
September. We choosed January on each of our trips and we got a
gorgeous weather. On the northern highlands, as well as in the Bale
mountains, the nights were cold (freezing level) and the days were
cool. In the very South (Omo valley), the days were extremely warm and
in one part far too hot for a quadriplegic.
If you do not fear getting into overcrowded places, you can choose the
"Timkat" ceremony, end of January, in the rock hewned
churches of Lalibella.
One local contact from the french
ambassy provided some assistance with the plane arrangements as well
as some hotel reservartions. Local lodging is very cheap (except for
the international style hotels), usually quite clean, but very simple
(no water available sometimes).
Two trips have been done, with a group
of 5 persons, including 1 quadriplegic
Dates: January 1997 and January 1999
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The ORWC rides
We visited 5 main areas:
Lalibella and its rock hewned churches
The Simien mountains
The Bale mountains
The Omo valley
Most of the routes were done with the
assistance of ethiopians, often by tens of enthousiastic kids. A few
nice downhill rides were achieved.
||Tulu Demtu - Goba
de Dinsho (Nyalas)
||Dinsho - Plaine de
||Colline - Jinka
Last update : 02/13/2002 09:12