a drive to lake langano in ethiopia

Sunday, October 28:  Ed and I wake up early this morning for our 3-hour drive to Lake Langano, south of Addis Ababa.  I feel better today, after being sick all day yesterday.  I think it’s because I discontinued that malaria medicine and it’s finally clearing out of my system.  I still don’t feel perfect, but there is a noticeable improvement.

the landscape south of Addis Ababa

the landscape south of Addis Ababa

Once we escape the crowds, dirt, and  poverty that swarm around us everywhere in Addis, we suddenly emerge into beautiful countryside.  I’m amazed at how stunning Ethiopia’s landscape is, with its acacia trees, tukul huts that rise naturally out of the land, undulating hills and patchwork of greens and golds.  I could fall in love with Africa.

pumpkins bring the flavor of fall to Ethiopia

pumpkins bring the flavor of fall to Ethiopia

Northern Carmine Bee Eaters

Northern Carmine Bee Eaters

After about two hours, we pass through an area that is more dry and arid than the first 2/3 of the drive.  It’s not nearly so pretty here, but it still has its charms, with the locals, dressed in mismatched colorful clothing, always in motion along the dusty roads.  Many of them are burdened with some kind of load, carrying firewood or sacks of grain on their heads or backs.

interesting cacti (?)

interesting cacti (?)

landscape on the way to Lake Langano

landscape on the way to Lake Langano

a nice little goat on a tree

a nice little goat on a tree

more cacti

a Rüppell’s Starling perched on some cacti

more Greater Blue-eared Starlings

more Rüppell’s Starlings

When finally we get to the turn-off to Bishangari Lodge, the eco-lodge where we will stay, we have a very rough drive over a bumpy dirt track for about 15 kilometers. It’s slow going, but this is where we see rural Ethiopians prodding their livestock along, sitting outside their tukul huts, or just playing in the dirt.  We also pass cool trees, cacti, flowers and birds.  We even see a goat up on a fallen tree, having a bit of lunch.

locals having a day out in the yard

locals having a day out in the yard

a boy tending the hay

a young man tending the hay

acacia trees & tukuls

acacia trees & tukuls

It turns out that Lake Langano is my favorite part of Ethiopia.

residences near Lake Langano

residences near Lake Langano

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3 thoughts on “a drive to lake langano in ethiopia

  1. Some very interesting sights on this trip. The goat on the tree made me chuckle – the tree he’s on has some unique twists and turns in it’s bark.

  2. Pingback: lake langano in ethiopia « a nomad in the land of nizwa

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