Bird southern portion of park & gorge.
50 km - good gravel
Spending another day in the southern portion of the park (or returning to Fantalle if missed species) will undoubtedly still produce new species. Should find species such as Arabian Bustard, Swallow-tailed Kite, Hartlaub's Bustard, European Turtle Dove, Abyssinian Roller, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark Ethiopian Swallow, Menetries Warbler, Black-headed Batis, Fulvous Chatterer & Red-tailed & Great Grey Shrikes . Spotlight session in evening.
Spend the early morning in Awash before driving through Yangudi-Rassa NP, turning right at Mille towards Djibouti, camping at a large petrol station with basic facilities.
350 km - good tar
The drive through these arid bush areas should start to produce more species, including Arabian Bustard & Rosy-patched Shrike. Larks & chats become more common.
Total Garage a few km before Logia. This is a bit our of the way, so camping in the bush may be a better option.
Leave early, and cross the border as soon as possible, passing Dikhil and continuing to Djibouti city.
70 km - good tar
20 km - medium gravel
100 km - bad gravel
50 km - bad tar
50 km - poor tar
50 km - good tar
Keep an eye out for Spotted & Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse on first section of road (100 km) after the border which will take 4 hours to get through. Thereafter, species such as Hoopoe Lark, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark & Black Scrub-Robin are to be found. The road into Djibouti city could produce Arabian Golden Sparrow, and the harbour will produce wide variety of gulls (Hemprich's, White-eyed, Slender-billed & Herring), terns (White-cheeked, Little & Saunders) and waders (Crab Plover, European Oystercatcher, Greater Sand Plover, Dunlin, etc), as well as Western Reef-Egret & Eurasian Spoonbill.
Menelik Hotel, Djibouti city.
Wait until 09:00 to apply for return visa to Ethiopia, then return 70 km to the large archway, where turn right towards Obock. Continue round Gulf of Tadjoura, turning left just before Tadjoura town. Drive along deteriorating tar road for a few km before small sign to Dittilou Tourist camp.
50 km - good tar
20 km - bad tar
100 km - good tar
13 km - disaster area
Revisit the harbour (depending ion the tides), and then drive around the gulf. On the tarred road around the gulf, a huge variety of larks (Singing, Hoopoe, Bimaculated, Desert, Greater Short-toed & Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark) and wheatears (White-crowned Black, Red-tailed & Desert) will be found. Find time to get down to the sea-shore to find Kentish Plover. The road to Dittilou should produce Yellow-breasted Barbet, Orphean & Red Sea warblers. Listen in the evening for the different races of Scops Owl.
Dittilou tourist camp.
An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000