Gambella & the west

Ulirake writes:

I couldn’t find the extreme cafe in Gambela, and I was looking for it in any place near and far the spot you indicated it on the map. The same with galaxy restaurant (and I was staying in 43rd hotel!).

Concerning the transport situation: I went from Gambela to Aira with a lot of dust on me but not a serious transport problem – it’s true that Gambela to Dembidolo is tricky, but the morning I left there was a big local bus (again, no minibusses! wouldn’t make sense if its just once daily) and two trucks leaving for dembidolo – but because of the difficulties you indicated in the guide, I was asking around alot the night before – which wouldn’t have been possible without amharic (which I speak quite fluent meanwhile). the busses leave as early as 4 am at the NOC gas station (at least they say so! still I had to wait half an hour untill someone appeared at the gas station, and another half an hour untill the trucks were ready) but will pass the busstation for dembidolo (which is not the central busstation but close to the market on the way to dembidolo! the spot was indicated to me by someone the day before) where there would be a bus waiting from 5 am on and takeoff at probably 6 am (sometimes later, sometimes earlier). The drive to dembidolo only takes 3 hours, from there to aira it was more of an issue… (lots of stops)

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  1. travel to gambella team says:

    Info for interested travelers to gambella,

    The Gambella Landscape is a relatively intact landscape in the south western Ethiopia, bordering with the Republic of South Sudan in the western and southern parts. It is among the last wilderness areas of Ethiopia, with a magnificent bio-cultural diversity and spectacular wildlife migration. The geography is dominated by a lowland savannah, with only a few portion of the landscape containing montane forest. The rich flora & fauna, the scenic views, cultures and traditional practices of the ethnic communities are extraordinary attractions for both domestic and international tourism.
    The migratory animals such as White Eared Kob, Elephant and Giraffe will come back from the Republic of South Sudan and graze or browse in the Gambella Landscape during the months of December-March. Hence, during this time, in addition to the resident wildlife population and culture of local communities; visitors have good opportunity to see thousands of migratory species easily.
    Experts, estimate the migration to be the second of its kind in Africa next to the famous Serengeti-mara (between Kenya and Tazania) migration of the wildebeest.
    More information about the resource and tourism potential of the Gambella landscape is explained in the documentary entitled:
    “ETHIOPIA: Gambella’s hidden treasure”
    It is on you tube and many other social media sites. Search the tittle on google or any other search engine to get the link accessible to your area.
    If you come during the next dry season (December – April, 2014); we will be glad to help you visit the landscape efficiently. We have transportation systems available (boat and vehicle), we have also camping site at a convenient position along the Baro River.
    Please call us:
    – 251-(0)913-028435 (Kasahun)
    – 251 – (0)940-258980 (Sisay)
    E-mail:
    traveltogambella@gmail.com
    Kind Regards,
    Travel to Gambella Team

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