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Nairobi to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Lalibela to Aswan

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I have more time than money and want to travel from Nairobi to Addis Ababa on to Aswan. Does anyone know of any trains or buses? Flying is a last resort due to money. Also any tips on the best way to get to Lalibela or travling in Ethiopia? Thank you.

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    I travelled from Nairobi to Addis, onto Axum then to Lalibela a couple of years ago. If you have lots of time it's totally feasible to do it all by bus, but almost impossible to arrange until you get there!

    Travelled from Nairobi to Addis by bus and truck (no through buses at that time). We got a bus from Nairobi to Isiolo (about 5 hours), then arranged a ride on the back of a truck to Addis (about 18 hours, but most trucks stop overnight in Marsabit) - easily done, lots of people wanting to help you out there!

    I flew the Addis - Axum - Lalibela route as I was short on time. Air Ethiopia has a special 'tourist ticket' you can book from outside the country that gives a certain number of flights, was about $200. If you have time and don't mind butt numbing bus journeys it is totally possible to do the route you want to.

    I recommend the Bradt guide to East and Southern Africa. It gives you the bare bones of the trips and guidance on where to find buses etc, along with really good tips. Ethiopia Lonely Planet was ok, but alot of the information was wrong / outdated.

    P.S. Get to Axum if you're interested in archaeology. Really interesting sites.

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