Local issues

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End Jan 04, 2013

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

We met up with our fellow overlanders and in Konzo and filled up fuel for the last time in Ethiopia. 

Andre and Barend also had to do some running repairs on their 80-series Cruisers, but nothing major. Shawn and I also did some investigation on a ''knocking'' sound on Jabula's right rear wheel and found that we'd broken / damaged our shock. Not good news because we would need to take it really slowly until we arrived in Kenya.

In order to limit any damage, Barend was kind enough to have Shawn and Ange in his car until we fixed the problem.

We drove 2-hours out of Konzo towards the border town of Omorate (in the Omo valley) and stopped at a small village and after some negotiation with the local chief we set up camp. At around 11pm we were told by a local school teacher that we weren't safe and that we needed to move. This was because there were two tribes who had clashed a week earlier over the land we were now about to sleep on. 

After much debate we packed up our tents and moved to a local school which was supposed to be ''free-of-charge''. Once we'd woken up the next morning to a big audience of school-kids and locals, we packed up and prepared to head off. It was then that the local people told us we had to pay for the nights accommodation. It was then that we realised that the previous evening the ''teacher'' had moved us in order to get us to pay for the night! Africa.......... but being Africans we could also play the game and we were off with a wave and a smile!

It was then time to head for Omorate and then onto the border and into Kenya!


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