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The Crossing

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Day: 232
KLMS: 35,820
Lake Nasser, the largest man-made lake in the world, some 550 km long and 35 km across at its widest point, it forms the watery divide between Sudan and Egypt and is the setting for our next adventure.
We were up early with our fixer Mazar and headed straight for the market where he could begin the arduous…

Sudan

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Day: 229
KLMS: 35,820
Crossing from Ethiopia into Sudan is like stepping out of a packed, noisy bar into a quiet, empty side-street. As you cross the border line, the throng of people seem to just disappear and the noise is simply turned off. Sudan is a big open land, with a small population of the most dignified and gracious…

Lake Nasser Ferry Crossing Egypt to Sudan

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We used our African eMaps to drive south Egypt, Aswan and then arrange to catch the ferry to Wadi in northern Sudan, crossing via the lake Nasser ferry. Interesting people on the ferry, interesting 24 hrs.
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Khartoum for the second time

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We decided to camp at the well known Blue Nile Sail Club in central Khartoum. We heard that the ablution facilities are non existent and this was the reason we decided previously to camp at the Sudan National Campsite about 10km out of the city. Well, you can’t have it all…….our tent overlooked the Blue Nile that was flowing 20m…

Wad Medani to Gonder

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We had a much better trip to Wad Medani than the previous one. We stayed over at the Imperial Hotel (250SP) a bit expensive but with a usable en-suite  bathroom, clean beds and aircon.  We took of to the border at Matema early next morning, stopped for  breakfast next to the road, waving for every vehicle that drove past and…

Gunboat Melik

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The MELIK, a guide-blade gunboat, was ordered by the Admiralty for service with the Egyptian Army in 1896, from the Chiswick shipyard of John I Thornycroft. Construction was rapid, and she was delivered the following year, with two sisters, the SHEIKH and SULTAN, built by Yarrow’s at Poplar, also on the Thames.
All three ran contractor’s trials in Britain, and…

Wadi Halfa and reality

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We drove 15218km in 4 months and 24 days, lost 12kg both in weight, endured joy and hardships, planned the trip over many years and yet here we are a mere 900km from our goal at the Egyptian border knowing we cannot cross the border. When the unrest and riots became worse in July, we already decided to leave the…

Our Chalbi desert adventure

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We decided to drive from Meroe to Abu Hamed and drive the 369km through the desert to Wadi Halfa and return later via the tar road that follows the Nile. For some or other reason we never realized that this is only a route showed on a map……without a road.  It is the real deep desert with sand valleys. Serious…

Khartoum to Wadi Halfa–The Chalbi Desert

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Marene, our eldest granddaughter asked that we must take photo’s of us in front of the Pyramids in Cairo to show to her teacher. Because of the troubles in Egypt, we at this stage knew that this could not happen anymore although we still hoped to take the Ferry from Wadi Halfa to Aswan ourselves and leave the bakkie at…

Exit Ethiopia–Enter Sudan

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We left Gonder early because we had a border to cross. Lucky we did. The normal up and down mountains were challenging but also the bumpy road that gave us head aches. The scenery were beautiful as can be and we saw more biblical characters. The green of Ethiopia is unbelievable At the Matema border post we went to Customs…

Sudan to Egypt on Lake Nasser

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Usually we
post the border crossing info only on our unurban.no website, but this one was
kind of different. It also turned out that we have a new record in time to get
the car into a country. USA with 7 days is now down to second place… The Sudan
– Egypt crossing over Lake Nasser is famous for most…

Day 148…Khartoum-Taking THE ferry to Sudan

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Salaam,
My route over the last few days.

I have been thinking a lot about the journey and my experiences while riding through the desert of Sudan(there is not much else to do). I have also been trying to spice up my blog with a more positive view of things. I feel that I sometimes write a lot of negative…

Nubian Pyramids

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The road
from Khartoum to the border of Egypt is not as remote as it used to be. Both
the direct route from Khartoum to Dongola and the route along the Nile are now
new modern highways. Locals told me it is possible to drive from Wadi Halfa to
Khartoum in one very long day. Even the eastern route along…

Sudan

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All the
travelers we have met on this continent have told us Sudan has the friendliest
people in Africa. We were looking forward to meet the people in Sudan, and we
were curious about the country since most of what we read about Sudan in the
media is bad news. The same can be said about media’s coverage for many…

The Whirling Dervishes, Khartoum, Sudan

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Any tour of Sudan should have going to Omdurman on a Friday night on its to-do list, where every week hundreds gather at Hamed al-Nil Tomb to witness the dervishes.

We arrived at 5pm, when the crowds were scarce. In front of the mosque was a huge cleared area, littered on the sides with tea stalls and trinket shops. With…

All of a Sudan

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The night before the ferry we went to KFC to minimise the risks of spending any more time in the ferry loos than was absolutely necessary. We arrived at the port to chaos – hundreds of people pushing and shoving as they tried to get through customs with massive bags and boxes full of things they had bought in Egypt…

Pyramids, Temples, and Gods — Northern State, Sudan

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An unflinchingly barren landscape of sand, wind, and heat welcomed us into the north. Unable to enter Egypt, we wanted a taste of what our end destination could have been. We longed to see the gods we knew by heart from elementary school, to stare upon Isis and Horus and Amun, and to touch the timeworn hieroglyphics of the Book…

To the Red Sea!

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Crossing over to North Sudan
Driving down from Gondar in Ethiopia to the Sudanese border takes you from a very cool elevation of 2,100m down to just 600m. Upon arriving at the border town of Metema, we were completely dumbfounded by the intensity of the Sudanese desert heat. “Only 38 degrees today!” the locals cheerfully replied. “In Khartoum, it’s 46!”…

Sudan – Wadi Halfa to Metema via Khartoum

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Nicky, Sahara crossing

Aswan ferry goods

Goods on the dock

Nic on boardd

Leaving the port

Sahara crossing

Nicky Lily ferry

Abandoned Old Carriage

The Sahara

Camal Bones

SUDAN
Wadi Halfa – our Nubian experience
2nd- 7th April
We are told by Magdi our cars would not get off the car barge for for another 5 days as the jetty…

Dongola – Sudan

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Hot, hot & double-hot. What more is there to say? It’s about as hot as the bowels of Erta Ale volcano…
You know you’re acclimatised when, at 7 o’clock in the evening, you look up at the thermometer with a feeling of relief that the day is finally cooling down, to find that it is still reading 33˚C.
The rest…

Day 36: Khartoum

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Is Salaam Alykum… still speaking Arabic!
I am sat in the peaceful shade of a mango tree in the sandy back yard of a youth hostel in Khartoum, little birds cooing and tweeting in the boughs above me and red kites soaring high in the sky (common scavengers here!) It seems far-fetched that beyond the gates is a city with…

Honesty and Integrity (of doors)

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Rudely awakened by the burning sun, we pressed on. We watched the kilometres slide past, the landscape intermittently punctuated by ancient pyramids. Even with a solid road it took three full days to cross the desert, North to South. We arrived into central Khartoum almost unexpectedly. In the dead of night the suburbs gave way to the deserted streets, ramshackle…

The Road to Khartoum

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It was with nervous excitement that we made our way from the village of Wadi Halfa, Sudan’s northern frontier town to the port, although we had come to the conclusion that this was a rather grand title for what was in fact a single jetty and crumbling customs building. Wedged into the back of a tuk tuk we watched Africa’s…

Aswan to Wadi Halfa: The Second Half-a

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Wadi Halfa is a Nubian town on the Sudanese shores of Lake Nasser. This huge man-made lake has divided the Nubian people and displaced them into southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. The deliberate inundation of the old city of Wadi Halfa is still a source of resentment and a favourite topic of nostalgic lamentation amongst the older tea drinkers of…

The Road Less Travelled but More Tarred

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Sudan declared its independence from the UK in 1956, but now a new kind of (semi) colonialism is kicking in, in the form of the Chinese. In return for a stake in the countries rich oil resources, the Chinese have deployed foremen to every corner of Sudan to build the most beautiful tar roads, even to the most remote areas.…

Under the Nubian Stars

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Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th November 2012.
Karima, Dongola.
In the light of day we could see that the air was coming into the fuel line from a join in the pipe. Without being able to get a new ‘fuel gauge sender unit’ we had to keep improvising. The best we could do was patch it up with silicone and…

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

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Thursday 15th to Friday 16th November 2012.
Meroe, Atbara.
The next morning was a gorgeous one at our wild camp. The air was so still and the land so quiet. The long shadows from the small hills shaded us, so the temperature was a lovely cool. It was a nice contrast to the heat of the days here. We had…

Remote Ruins

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Wednesday 14th November 2012.
Naga Temple, Maswwarat.
The following morning we chatted to Jessica for a little while before setting about leaving Khartoum. She recommended that we apply for the ‘Travel and Photo Permit’ issued by the Department of Tourism, Antiquities and Wildlife. She had the forms there, made the copies we’d need of our Sudanese visas and passport photo…

Zig-zag

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Tuesday 13th November 2012.
Khartoum.
The next morning a few large herds of goats passed through our camp. Our alarm didn’t go off, so we didn’t set off as early as we’d planned. The sky was clear, vast and pale. The only clouds in the sky were dust clouds stirred up by passing vehicles in the villages. We stopped in…