If you have travelled to Africa it is most likely you would have been required to have a yellow fever vaccination – still required in many countries
I got my Yellow Card, proof of vaccination 20 years ago on my first trip to the African Continent.
Being in the Melbourne, Australia COVID 19 lockdown it is a good chance to reflect on the need for vaccination and travel and the relationship between the two.
The Simien Mountains
The Simien Mountains are a World Heritage alpine area in the North of Ethiopia
Its also called the water tower of East Africa providing the source for the Blue Nile
The Blue Nile provides 80% of the water that reaches Egypt, flowing through Sudan where it meets with the White Nile to form the Nile River
With peaks up to 4,550 metres within the vast sprawling alpine range
A range of deep gorges, rugged peaks and waterfalls plummeting thousands of metres
The Simiens have unique flora and fauna
Such as the Giant Lobelia
The endemic Gelada (or bleeding heart baboon) and Olive baboons
And if you look closely a Walia Ibex
It was a three night trek through the Simiens
Camping in the Alps
Amazing sunsets and the high plateau
And watching the moon rise over the cliff tops from the gorges
The Bale Mountains
The Simien Mountains are in the North East of Ethiopia and the Bale Mountains in the South East
Almost bookends at each end of the Ethiopian Central Highlands
The Simiens in the Amhara Region and the Bale in the Oromia Region
The Bale Mountains are drier less dramatic that the northern bookend
These mountains are the catchment for the Jubba River system
Which flows across Ethiopia and Somalia to the Indian Ocean
The Bale Mountains are more easily accessed than the Simiens
Far better for catching sightings of the Ethiopian Wolf
And the amazing bird life
Also In the Bale Provence toward the Somalian Border is are the Sof Omar Caves
Its well over a decade since I travelled in these mountains with my family.
And yes a vaccine for Yellow Fever was compulsory
Maybe compulsory vaccinations will be more widespread for travellers in the future given COVID-19
22 thoughts on “Travel Vaccines and reflections of Africa – The Simien and Bale Mountains, Ethiopia”
Great post 😀
Thanks for the comment
Thank you, I didn’t know about these mountains
Thanks Tim, Ethiopia is a fascinating country both in history and landscape. Im sure a lot has changed since I was there, but the mountains will remain much the same.
Amazing photos! 🙂 Did you really get that close to the baboons?
I had a reasonable telephoto lens but I got quite close. They are not afraid, not aggressive
Awesome! You’re an amazing photographer! 🙂
Thanks very much Kim, the trips I did to Africa were quite a while ago. It’s been great getting out the old photos and reflecting. We are in a hard lockdown here in Melbourne so it fills in the time. Some more blogs from those trips to come
Well my friend continue to stay encouraged. I frequently take out old photos I took years ago and reminisce about times that seem so simple now, but ones that I truly cherish. Stay safe! 😀
Beautiful photos and great memories Mic. I miss travelling! Cheers Pauline
so do I Pauline but a good chance to think back and reflect on journeys past!
Beautiful pics x
Very impressive photos Mike, what an adventure that would have been. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Karin, it is an amazing place. Im lucky that life took me there.
Great post 👏👏
Thanks for your comment glad you liked it
Woow an amzing article!!!