My wife and I will be cycling from Cairo to Cape Town starting mid-November and we had initially intended to fly over Ethiopia due to the reports we had read about the troubles in the country. However, we have now decided it would be best to ask an expert in Ethiopia whether it is safe to cycle through instead of relying on sensationist reporting by the press.
Apart from the mountainous terrain, a concern for Colleen is the reported (by fellow cycle tourists) stone throwing by kids along the way and was wondering if this is a common occurrence or isolated? Also, do the night time temperatures between February and April go into single figures? We are trying to limit the amount we carry but at the same time don't want to risk suffering unnecessarily from the cold.
We expect to arrive at the Sudan/Ethiopia border sometime between mid-January to mid-February, depending on how we are enjoying the journey through Egypt and Sudan, and plan to be cycling around for between 6 and 8 weeks.
Our intended route will be via Metemba border, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Debre Markos, Addis, Shashemene, Dilla and crossing into Kenya at the Moyale border post. This seems to be the most direct route and have tried to keep away from the really severe climbs and descents.
We look forward to hearing from you and feel free to make suggestions as we need all the assistance we can get.
All the best
Peter and Colleen McNulty