Heading back from the Omo Valley, via Konso, the next town of note is Yabello, on the junction of the Moyale Road, the main road south of Awassa, stretching for 500km to Kenya. This road is mostly travelled by those heading to or from Kenya. Yabello can also be reached from the south east Bale Highlands through the small town of Negele Borena. Regardless of which route, heading from the highlands, the landscape gives way to low-lying acacia scrub. You are now in the land of the Borena pastoralists, who measure their wealth by the size of their prized cattle herds. The biggest and most developed town along this route is Dilla, which is undoubtedly the last town where good accommodation, banking facilities and fresh fruit are available. But most notably, Dilla is a very convenient town for a number of wonderful archaeological sites such as the Tuta Fela Stelae Field and the Machitti Rock Carvings.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.