Johannesburg through Beit Bridge to Harare / Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe).
1140 km - excellent tar
Nil (no time).
Orange Grove Motel, Chinhoyi.
Harare, through Chirundu, Lusaka to Mkushi (Zambia).
810 km - excellent tar
Chapin's Barbet with minor 10 km diversion. Good Miombo woodland around campsite.
Forest Inn, Mkushi.
Mkushi to Shiwa Ngandu (Zambia).
440 km - good tar
40 km poor gravel
Anchieta's Barbet & Bar-winged Weaver possible on track to Shiwa Ngandu.
Kapishya campsite, Shiwa Ngandu.
Shiwa Ngandu through Nakonde to Iringa (Tanzania).
40 km - poor tar
290 km - good tar
520 km - excellent tar
Nil (no time), but the campsite should produce Ross's Turaco.
Riverside campsite, Iringa.
Iringa through Morogoro to Arusha (Tanzania) DON'T take the "direct route" - it will take 2 days.
918 km - excellent tat
Nil (no time). Bare-faced Go-Away Bird & Ashy Starling should be seen while driving.
Masai campsite, Arusha.
Arusha through Namanga, Nairobi to Isiolo (Kenya). Make arrangements for the "convoy" the next morning.
110 km - excellent tar
410 km - bad tar
Nil (no time).
Bomen Hotel, Isiolo.
Leave at 06:00, and drive to Marsabit (Kenya). Expect to arrive approx. 16:00.
260 km - bad gravel
A variety of arid bush species including Vulturine Guineafowl, but nil at Marsabit (unless pay entrance fee of US $20).
Campsite #2, Marsabit NP.
Leave Marsabit at 06:00, and expect to arrive at Moyale (Ethiopia) at 15:00. There is no reasonable accommodation (or banks) for several hundred km. Can pay for hotel in Kenya Shillings at Moyale.
250 km - bad gravel
A variety of larks (especially Williams & Masked) to be found ± 25 km from Marsabit, and other species can be found including D'Arnaud's Barbet, Pied Wheatear, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Rüppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starling & Magpie Starling.
Bekele Mola Hotel, Moyale (Ethiopian side)
Drive to Lake Awasa, birding Mega-Yavello area en route.
530 km - good tar
Even before Mega you are into the endemics, with Streseman's Bush Crow, White-crowned Starling & White-tailed Swallow. Concentrate on Mega to Yavello stretch. Other species will include Orange-bellied Parrot, Black-billed Wood-hoopoe, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Spotted Palm-Thrush, Grey Wren-Warbler, Northern Black Flycatcher, African Grey Flycatcher, Long-tailed Shrike, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Shelley's Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Purple Grenadier & Brown-rumped Bunting.
Wabe Shabele #2 Hotel, Awasa.
An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000