Overland through Sudan
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 1:18 AM Last Post By: garethbrinkworth
Jun 1, 2012 2:31 AM
Overland through SudanI'm looking to travel from Egypt down to Tanzania but I'm concerned about the safety in Sudan these days. I know there is supposedly a bus or buses from Wadi Halfa to Khartoum and then transport on to Ethiopia, but how safe is it on that route? I will not be deviating into Darfur or anything like that.
Jun 1, 2012 3:18 AM
1The road from Wadi to Khartoum and onward to Gedaref is in very good condition, deteriorating slightly from there to the border.. The buses are large, a/c, Euro-standard (if a little more worn than Europeans expect). The only safety issue comes from bad drivers. You should encounter nothing but smiles and friendly curiosity from the people as you travel through the country.
One up to date point to consider is that the lifting of fuel subsidies (imminent) may see travel costs rise and the possibility of some transport being laid up for lack of petrol. Demonstrations (mainly in Khartoum and Omdurman) are well-policed.
Jun 1, 2012 10:17 AM
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Jun 1, 2012 11:51 AM
5Thanks for the advice. Considering that until 3 days ago I hadn't even thought of Sudan as a viable option I am pleasantly surprised :)
Jun 6, 2012 3:09 PM
6I spent 2 weeks going from wadi halfa to the Ethiopian border, making a little side trip to kassala in February. I can only echo the previous posters reassurances regarding safety...I felt safest in those 2 weeks than anywhere else in Africa thus far.
Unless your under severe time restrictions don't bus straight to
Khartoum from wadi halfa, there are some great stops along the way, my favourite being karima.
Jun 6, 2012 8:52 PM
7Its a nice place eh Jonzy.
How are the old Nile steamers shaping up, still able to walk up on them without falling through the deck?
Magnificent Pyramids at sun set as well eh.
Jun 7, 2012 1:38 PM
8Sounds like I need to research where to go! My friends all think I'm going to die as soon as I mention Sudan but I always like to live on the wild side. I'll try to add more time to this section of my trip to see more of the country rather than just transit through.
Jun 8, 2012 10:24 PM
Jun 10, 2012 9:39 AM
10Hey all sounds very interesting since I plan an overland trip for the coming winter. I am still stuck with my business here in Spain, dealing with silly people and longing to be on the road again... sorry it's not travel related but reading your posts makes the trip even more appealing.
Jun 14, 2012 12:51 AM
11Aaaaahh - Karima! That's what one traveller I met on the road from Egypt still says.
We had been going to stay one night there, but stayed three.
And the Sudanese people are just lovely, everywhere. The only place I wouldn't feel safe about leaving my unlocked bag and just walking away from it for 24 hours even, knowing it wouldn't be touched, would be Khartoum. But I walked everywhere alone there (Khartoum) and loved it.
HOWEVER - although the motorised rickshaws are safe everywhere else in the country, don't take one in Khartoum. Half the time they haven't a clue where they're going, and my driver took me the wrong way down a one-way street at dusk. Frightening!
Jul 24, 2012 9:50 AM
12can anyone estimate how long it would take from Khartoum to Addis by public transport?
And are there any special highlights on the way?
Jul 24, 2012 6:57 PM
13Gidday Liza. The trip takes a full day really to get from Addis to Gondar as you well know. Then the road is great now reading from older threads to the Metema, Gallabat border. This took me 4 hours a few years back so if anything it should be shorter.
There were only minibuses from the border back into Sudan but this may have changed now with bigger buses but plenty of transport either way in any case.
No highlights other than seeing Metema as one of my least desirable towns seen in Africa.
Post a quick report for updates if you go.
Jul 25, 2012 1:25 PM
14One unexpected highlight of the journey might be security searches. Your bus could be subjected to a whole load of these (or none at all) along every step of the way and on both sides of the border.
Plus, the occasional breakdown, of course.
If you're meeting up with someone in Addis allow yourself 48 hours for the journey, to account for all or any of the above.
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