Date Place Comment
April 17th, 2019 Forest inn

Still a lovely campsite with lots of shade and flat ground, situated within the forest, although close to the road. There is a bit of road noise, but really not much. Campsite has restaurant and bar, hot water showers, clean abolution, braai and enough possibilites to make a campfire. Power on sites and wifi at the restaurant. Only downside is that they raised the prices to 120 kw pppn.

April 15th, 2019 Kings Highway

On the great pothole road, close to the border with Tanzania, you will find this nice little campsite with cottages.
The place is perfect for a stop-over or even more. Clean location under shaddy trees, kitchen with seating area, clean showers (with hot water) and toilets and braai facilities. There is no bar and no restaurant on site. Wifi is available - 500mb for 40 kwacha. Camping is still 100 kwacha pppn or $10.

April 14th, 2019 Utengele Coffee Lodge

All as stated before. Good place with the necassary facilties such as swimminpool, sports, wifi, restaurant/bar and the best coffee of Tanzania. Friendly staff and manager. Prices only went up to $15 pppn.

April 13th, 2019 The Old Kisolanza Farm House

Good place with nice pitches and flat services to park your car. Small little huts with power and braai facilities next to the car. Toilets and showers are clean and look new. Hot water takes a bit as they have to fire it up. Wifi in the bar. Restaurant on site, but we didn’t try it, although the homemade soup they gave us was delicious. Friendly staff and owner with a lot of knowledge of the area. Price is 23000 tsh pppn.

April 12th, 2019 Meserani Oasis Lodge & Campground

Good place for a stopover. Not many pitches, but flat services. No power/ braai or kitchen. Wifi unknown. Toilets and showers have been renovated and are clean. Hot water through electricity. Restaurant and bar on site, but we didn’t try. Friendly staff and are thinking along with you. Price 32.200 tsh for 2 people, per night.

April 11th, 2019 Syokimau Safari Homestay

We just checked this location, but it is non existent. Or not on right location. Owner check your location and give more clear directions. For us waste of time.

April 11th, 2019 Jungle Junction

Second time we stay here. Good place to organise your visa, repair your car and plan your trip. Many overlanders come here so good to swap stories. Campsite itself isn’t special and looks more like a big grassy parking lot. Although there is power available on site.The facilities however are nice with great wifi, hot showers, clean toilets a relax area both inside and outside. Many services available such as laundry, dinner/lunch and breakfast, shuttles, car repair, storage, etc. Price is 850 Kes pppn.

April 8th, 2019 Fightings !!!!!!! Dont take the road (road 1) from Mekele to Debre Birhan!!

Don’t take this road, at the moment there are fightings on the places belong this road number 1.
Burned tires, big stones, wood, burned cars on the road. They attack our car, throw stones, broken windows, or car is damaged by this angry people. After the police check they didnt tell anything about this.
We get stuck at the moment in Debre Birhan. Tomorrow we get security to go out this city.

#wish our luck

April 4th, 2019 Wim's Holland House

With its central location you can do a lot by foot (during day time). Mercato market is 3km and the National museum around 5 km. You can also take a cab, but they will overcharge you. Here are two taxi drivers which didn’t overcharge us, speak English and were friendly:
Teddy +251 91164 6565
Essefe +251 911 230 1503 (older man, doesn’t drive at night)

Prices for taxi to national museum is around 100 to 120 birr.

April 4th, 2019 Wim's Holland House

Bar/restaurant with guesthouse in the middle of the city. Rooms are small with shared toilet and shower. Abolution block is outdated and not well maintained. Price per person is 200 birr pn. Camping is also possible on the small grassy courtyard which is also being used as storage. Around 2 cars and a few tents can fit in, but no privacy then. Price camping 150 birr.

The restaurant/bar is a nice spot to have dinner or have a beer. Food is good and manager friendly. Wifi is available, but they do have a lot of power shortcuts, which is commen in Ethiopia.

April 3rd, 2019 Simbo Beach Resort (former Bekele Mola Hotel)

A luxury lodge still being finished. Rooms looking very good, but restaurant, bar and surrounding area still needs work. Camping is possible on the beach, but abolution block is still lacking. Price $5,- pppn. No wifi.

We complained, because there was no water, so no toilet, no shower.
No cold drinks because there was no electricity. We could stay for free.

Good be a nice spot at the end of this year when they are finished.

April 2nd, 2019 Toyota Moenco, Hawassa

Toyota Dealer, shop & garage on the mainroad.
Not friendly and helpfull staff.

April 2nd, 2019 Road Buck auto service

Wheel alignment, wheel balancer, tyres, etc. They have a lift and other equipment to do your tyres.
Cheap , quick, friendly staff.

April 1st, 2019 brand new road awassa - sodo

This is the correct coordinates for the new road

April 1st, 2019 Sanetti Campsite

Old research center where you can park your car where you want. They have a pit toilet, but nothing else. It really gets cold at night. We had ice on the inside of our tent. So be prepared. You can do some hikes around the area to spot the wolf. You are either lucky or not. We didn’t see the wolf, maybe due a huge fire which burned a few hectares coming up Bale Mountain.

April 1st, 2019 brand new road awassa - sodo

Great tar road. Just before you take the road to Shashamane, you will find a tar road on the right. Take it and follow it until you’ll find an Y junction. Take left and follow this road. After 15km or so you will have a T junction, turn right here. It will help to follow the signing bedesa.

March 31st, 2019 zebra guest house

A guesthouse close to the lake (100m) with rooms from 300 birr. Rooms are simple as well their bathrooms. Camping is also allowed although only space for 1 car and a few tents on the grass. Camping is 150 birr (1 or 2 persons doesn’t matter). For camping the toilet and showers are in really bad shape and not properly cleaned.

Wifi available.

No restaurant, but they can make some food for you.

Not the best place to stay, but okay for 1 night.

March 31st, 2019 Haile Resort & Camp

We did research at 3 accommodation options in Arba Minch (Paradise Lodge, Emerald Lodge and this lodge)
This hotel is the better of the 3, due to the spot, the price (Paradise $15 pp) and facilities.

Haile Resort is brand new, just open for 7 months.
100 rooms, restaurant (cold drinks, smooties you name it), swimmingpool, spa facilities, playground for childeren.
They have wifi in the rooms, lobby and restaurant.

You can camp on parkingspot number 3.
If you have a tent you can use the grass behind the signing ‘ parking 3’.
Toilets and shower needs to be arranged yet, but you can use the toilets in the hotel and showers are at the spa.

March 29th, 2019 New road to Arba Minch

In jinka, turn right to Bako area. The first part is gravel and slow go. You will drive trough the highland, really awesome.
You will reach the height of 2.000 meters after that you have a down hill road off 900 meters with beautiful view.
In this village you will find the new road.

Everybody is waving, scraming and very happy and the village green.
Wauw this is a totally other world the the Mursi area.

March 29th, 2019 Mursi tribe

On this location you will find a Mursi tribe.
We have visited the tribe by our self.
Road is full with corridation, nice landscape.

People are agressive, it isnt genuine at all, everything for the money - picture.
Go on time, then they are no drunk.

Money is not worth it.

March 29th, 2019 Paradise Lodge Arba Minch

Camping is allowed again, only on the parking lot at the reception, which is flat and made of stones. They charge $15 pp. They have a swimmingpool and you make use of the showers there (warm water). Toilets can be found at the restaurant and are okay. They have an extensive food menu and wifi is available although connection is weak.

We have checked the rooms as well and they are not in the best condition and overpriced for what you get [$72 for 2]. We camped here and went to Haile resort the next day.

March 28th, 2019 Akiday Campsite

Campsite in nature. Few spaces where you can put your tent and a few with car.
Flat surfaces.

Quite, modern cold showers, toilets are the old style.

No cold drinks, wifi.

Excess very small.

We only came here to have a look. In our opion you get more for your money @Jinka Resort.

March 27th, 2019 Tankstation, quick

Tankstation, diesel and petrol.
Diesel on 27/3 was a bit more than 17 birr per liter
Just a small line and we where in.

March 27th, 2019 Jinka Resort

A hotel with mediocre rooms and a parking lot where you are allowed to camp. They have around 4 spots, all close to the road. Price per night 200. You can use the general toilets which are clean, but no shower. Restaurant has okay food and they have wifi.
Rooms are around 750 incl. Breakfast.

March 26th, 2019 Tourist hotel

Nice place to have Etiopian dinner “Beyayinet”.
Friendly people, most of the guids are having dinner here, fast delivery, cold drinks.

Beer = 20
Food = 40

March 26th, 2019 Kaske Campsite (Mango)

Campsite along the river bed with lots of (mango) trees for shade. Besides camping there is also basic cottages/ rooms for rent. They have cold drinks when the generator is on (only in the evening). Showers and toilet (european) basic and run down. No flush toilets. No wifi. Price 100 birr pppn. You can get information here about activities in the neighbourhood if the local guids don’t already followed you to this place.

March 25th, 2019 Das-Ville Campsite

A campsite/ bar along the river with cold showers and pit toilets. They serve food and have cold drinks. Guides are available from this place to visit the Dasanech village on the other side of the river. You will have to camp on sandy parking lots, but they are flat. No wifi, no power, but you can charge your equipment at the bar. They have music and movies, most of the time untill 22:30/23:00.

Staff is very friendly and helpfull and they can help you with all sorts of things, from getting money/ change money/help at immigration/etc. Of course this is not needed as most of it is already in iOverlander.

Great vibe and warm welcome in Ethiopia.

March 24th, 2019 South Gate Sibiloi NP

Entry to the park. Price $22,- pppd, no 24h, but single entry per day.
Please note: they are charing dollars instead of Shilling. If you wanna pay in Shilling, they charge you a ratio $1,- = KSH 103.
Very wird, but we paid.

Camping $20,- pppn.
The showers are not operation at the moment.

No camping possible at the gate. We decide for wildcamping. Check other place.

March 24th, 2019 Beautiful spot near the river & trees

Spot is 5 min. Drive from the mainroad. Follow the side road / tracks and follow this, you will see the forest.
The spot is near the river and under the trees, covered with some bushes.

We found no villages in area. Quite place.

March 23rd, 2019 Lasamu Camp

Basic camp, but awesome scenery and staff. You park your car next to the river, under tree (shadow) on the sandy spot. You go to sleep after enjoying a campfire (they arrange this for you) and wake up with playing Monkeys, sound of bell of the camels and birds. It is a quite place.

We didnt ask for it but watchmen protect us, to stay at the fire closeby or car.
The owner (beautiful masai lady, with wearing a lot of beads.) came special to us to say hello and invite us to have a look in here village, on the other side of the river.