Asmara > Adi Zemat > Adi Qe Eritrea - February 08 2017
At 8:00 I am at the Oasis
office. Dawit is on time. I express compliments. In Eritrea it is not unusual that one is
a little bit later. Dawit says he would rather start earlier than later. There is a chance of rain, which
may cause the trip through the mountains to become more dangerous on a slippery surface.
To prevent loss of valuable
time, we take a taxi to Bloko Godaif. It is a mini bus hub with a large number of mini buses that
serve the villages south of Asmara. The van for our destination is about to leave. Unfortunately, there is only one seat available. Therefore, we will have to wait for the next bus to leave.
Because that may take a while, Dawit asks me to walk
back with him to the road to Mendefera. Dawit is speculating on a private
car for the ten kilometers to Selae Da'ero. It's worth trying. After a
while, and a zero result we return to Bloko Godaif. With the mini bus we drive a mile or ten to the south. Just after the TMT Hotel, we
get out to start our walk to Adi Zemat.
The first part of the hike is
not very spectacular, but after a few kilometers the landscape changes
into beautiful sceneries. Every once and a while Dawit points to the
tropical birds, to small animals on the ground, or to some pieces of
animal shit indicating the presence hyena's or other wild animals. The
hyena's will hunt at night. No need to worry, Dawit explains.
There is a small risk of
snakes and other reptiles in this area, so I have to watch my steps. In
Adi Zemat we even spot a lot of baboons. While I try to picture them, boys
throw stones to scare the animals away.
Dawit points to the basalt
formations that stretch from Asmara in Eritrea to Tigray in Ethiopia, and
used to be a guide for the Axumite trade caravans. The basaltic line in
Adi Zemat is an extension of the line I visited in November
2009 with Mr. Tekeste in Asmara's Martyr Park in Kahawta.
In one of the Adi Zemat
hidmo's we are invited to drink tea. I leave a small gift to reward the
Dawit takes some scaring short
cuts to Adi Qe that pass gorges and slippery rocks. But he knows what he
is doing, by showing me where I have to put my feet for the next step, or
holding my hand to prevent me slipping away.
In Adi Qe, a very small vilage
in the mountains, we have some rest in the compound of an Orthodox church.
The site also hosts a small monastery with five nuns living in two small
Around 14:00 we are back in
Adi Guadad for a coca cola stop in a small shop that also serves as a bar.
08:35 Mini bus to Selae Da'ero
Bloko Godaif Asmara Eritrea.
09:45 Girl carrying firewood
- Road to Adi Zemat Eritrea.
09:45 Farmer tending his
cattle - Road to Adi Zemat Eritrea.
10:15 Local scenery - Adi
10:20 Local scenery - Adi
10:25 Local scenery - Adi
10:35 Basalt rocks connecting Asmara with Tigray. -
Adi Zemat Eritrea.
10:35 Baboons resting on the
rocks - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
10:40 Hidmo (traditional
house). - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
10:45 Orthodox Church - Adi
11:30 Rural scenery - Adi
11:30 Donkey carrying
firewood - Road to Adi Qe Eritrea.
11:35 Shortcut to Adi Qe - Adi
11:50 Shortcut to Adi Qe - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
11:55 Shortcut to Adi Qe - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
12:10 Shortcut to Adi Qe - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
12:15 Shortcut to Adi Qe - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
12:15 Small reptile - Adi Zemat Eritrea.
12:20 Dawit Berhane /
Shortcut to Adi Qe Eritrea.
12:40 Orthodox Church - Adi
12:50 Sisters housing - Adi
12:50 Road to Adi Guadad - Adi Qe Eritrea.
13:05 Road to Adi Guadad - Adi Qe Eritrea.
13:50 Road to Asmara - Adi Guadad Eritrea.
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