Other information was gained from various people who had visited the country, all but Carole Roberts & Chris Hines who had driven up. Much useful information was gained from the SA Bird net list server. I had met Mengistu Wondafrash when he visited South Africa to study the White-winged Flufftail population here, and although we corresponded regularly, he was away on field work too often for me to arrange to meet him again while in Addis Ababa. However, in the end it was Steve Spawls who provided the most information, and gave me the necessary information on local conditions of roads.
Before leaving, I obtained a single-entry visa from the French Embassy in Pretoria. I had no other documents in advance, nor had to obtain anything at the border - there were no customs, so the Carnet was not required. No money changed hand at the border post. There were no visible facilities to purchase insurance other than in Djibouti city, and I was never asked for any documentation.
The only other information I received was from Hilary & xxx Welch, who have spent much time birding there, but always flown in, and travelled around using local transport. I never came across anyone who had driven overland to (or from) Djibouti.
An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000