I am a watcher. I like a slow driving in the car and watch the nature behind the car window, people runing, their behavier… That’s why I recommend others to travel by a car as it is the best way how to get to know the country, its culture and people. Of course, it is much better to go by foot. But Ethiopia is too big for a daily traveler to afford to travel on foot.
Adventures in Ethiopia offers an excellent car rental service at an affordable price for 24 hours a day and 13 months a year.
Why should you rent the car with a driver in Ethiopia? Here are some of the reasons:
- Ethiopian roads continue to improve at a rapid rate, but there are still plenty of patches where potholes add a little bounce to your journey. Elsewhere roads can be impassable in the rains. Unmarked speed bumps can also be an unpleasant surprise.
- Road Hazards – on the outskirts of the towns or villages, look out for people, particularly children playing on the road or kerbside. They don’t care about cars.
- A night driving is never recommended, as the risk of accidents escalates considerably after dark time. Shiftas (bandits) still operate in the more remote areas and you like “farange” can’t distinguish who is good person, who isn’t . Additionally, some trucks park overnight in the middle of the road – without lights.
- In the countryside, livestock is the main hazard. Camels wandering onto the road can cause major accidents in the lowlands. Many of animals, including donkeys, are unaccustomed to vehicles and are very car-shy, so always must be approach slowly and with caution.
On highland roads, need drive defensively and beware of trucks coming fast the other way. Often on the wrong side of the road.
And also keep a sharp eye out for a row of stones or pebbles across the road – it marks roadworks or an accident.
This is why better be sober and take the car with the driver for rent. Your trip will be much more successful.
/Pictures taken by Juris Lielkajis and Rolands Boss/