My return trip from Djibouti has certainly earned the spot as ‘my most difficult road journey to date’
I thought going to Djibouti by road was difficult, then I tried coming back. It was hell.
Djibouti is one of the least visited countries in the world, receiving about 53,000 visitors yearly (compare this with the 2nd most visited country in Africa; South Africa which receives over 10 million visitors). Due to its closed nature, information is scarce and not available.
After spending a night in the sweltering heat, I was ready to move on.
Once I left my hotel, I headed for the bus station, but when I got there I was told the bus would leave at night. Since the weather was unbearable, I took refuge in a Police station for 8 hours. When the bus finally came, we got on and left Djibouti City for the border. As the border was closed when we arrived, we slept in the open till morning. I rented a mat and a kind Djiboutian gave me his mosquito net to sleep in (the mosquitoes were like flies). By this time, my body and clothes were stinking so much I wanted to cut my nose off……
In the morning, we crossed and headed for Dire Dawa a city in the Eastern region of Ethiopia. This journey which is only 330km took me 30 hours to complete. I can’t describe the relief I felt when I finally got to Dire Dawa.
My return trip has certainly earned the spot as ‘my most difficult road journey to date’. Here are some pictures and videos of this epic trip.