Monday, December 26, 2011

Chero and Awash National Park

We drove to Chero (also known as Asebe Teferi)yesterday and spent the morning there today. The scenery was incredible and I have a ton of pictures to post of the beautiful mountains and the animals we encountered on the road during the drive.

On the way out, we were stopped briefly because there had been a conflict between the Afar, Oromo, and Somali people in a town, Bodede, that we were passing through. Apparently, traffic had been stopped for several hours and there was gunfight. Luckily we missed most of that because just the ten minutes that we were stopped was incredibly terrifying.

We wrapped up the day with a visit to Awash National Park. Wow! We didn't get to see any of the lions, jaguars, cheetahs, warthogs, or hippos that are supposed to roam the area, but we did see lots of monkeys, baboons, crocodiles, dik-diks, and oryx. A monkey tried to break into our driver's car by trying all the door latches while we were outside of it hiking to the Awash Falls. It was truly a memorable afternoon!

Awash National Park Photos
This photo of Awash National Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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