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Nairobi to Moyale - bus or truck?

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1. Posted by Jennig (Budding Member, 12 posts) 15 Oct '08 07:59

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Hello again,

So many questions...

I am heading to Ethiopia, hoping to get the bus or a lorry to the border. The bus company seems to think it will be 24hours which in my estimation is just not ever going to happen, also just spoke to a guy who said it breaks down and lot and his bus took 5 days.

A truck owner said that a truck will take 3 days approx. But the safety of this option i am not sure about.

Does anyone have any advice? Has anyone that has travelled that route recently got any information on the safety of the road nearing the border (used to be bandits there not sure if they are still around)? And finally, anyone know anything about the border crossing, i.e. easy enough, difficult?

Cheers

2. Posted by pe_africa (Budding Member, 3 posts) 21 Oct '08 02:12

This is the route i can recommend u.NAIROBI-NANYUKI-ISIOLO-WAJIR-MOYALE-ETHIOPIA.
You can take a bus/matatu from nairobi to drive you to nanyuki for overnight and then you can catch up another bus/matatu from nanyuki to drive you in isiolo for another night.From there are no buses to isiolo,here you use the trucks which due to security reason they go in a convey which leaves early in the morning.you can ask from you hotel more information about departure time.from here you will be using the truck all the way to moyale and it can take you 3-4days depending on the condition of the road.note that there are no banks/ATM between isiolo and moyale,so the last ATM is in isiolo. Crossing the board is not hard as long as you have a valid travel documents.in case you have some kenya shillings and you want to charge them to ethiopian money you can do that at the boarder.GOOD LUCK!!!

3. Posted by areba (Budding Member, 10 posts) 26 Oct '08 04:58

Hello Jenny,
The Situation in Moyale is currently a bit volatile cause of some clan fighting over cattle. The route recommended by pe_mount is ok but i would advise travelling to Nanyuki first and then finding out from the OCPS (Officer commanding Police division) Isiolo on the way the route is.
For a fairly decent charge, they will provide escort and even advise on the best way and time to travel.

Kind regards and Look me up whenever in Nairobi.
+254 720 516758

4. Posted by Jennig (Budding Member, 12 posts) 26 Oct '08 06:53

Thanks guys for your advice!

I made it safetly to Ethiopia and thought that i should share my adventure with others who may find it useful.
Ended up going with a truck (lorry) which you arrange in Eastleigh. It cost 2000Ksh to sit in the cab. Left at about 4pm and travelled all through the night and until about 7pm the next evening. It stops for food and also for the driver to have a kip or two. We stayed in some town overnight where a bed was 100Ksh and then the next morning everyone reboarded the truck at 6am and a police escort joined all the trucks heading to Moyale to drive through the last dangerous part. We arrived in Moyale at about 12noon, so it was almost 48 hours. It all went really well and was reasonably comfortable...that being said....we had good weather so the road was as good as it gets. Still quite 'bone jarring' but wouldnt say it was awful. Personally, the next 2 days on a bus to Addis was worse than the truck.

Advice for the bus from Moyale - Addis is sit next to a window that opens because Ethiopians seem to hate opening the windows and it is really really hot!!

Thanks again everyone!!

Jenny