Overland through Sudan
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 1:18 AM Last Post By: garethbrinkworth
Jul 28, 2012 12:14 PM
Jul 30, 2012 3:58 AM
16hi guys am from uganda and want to do the whole leg from kampala my itienary would ideally avoid south sudan as they are notorious for knee jack reactions and go all the way to egypt pyramids
so here goes :---
kla to nairobi
nairobi to addis abaaba
addis to khartoum
khartown to cairo
any info on these routes and accomodations along the way will be greatly appreciated.am just a solo traveller who will have a month off work .
Jul 30, 2012 4:20 AM
17Through Sudan the roads are good, the buses comfy and A/C. Plenty of hotels in Khartoum but all are expensive. Camping at the Blue Nile Sailing Club is adequate and cheap. Lokandas are the cheap option, in towns everywhere, basic, occasionally have running water, sleep under the stars or in fan rooms (extremely hot most of the year), eat on the street.
Khartoum to Wadi is 10 hrs, get there a day before the ferry and fight your way thru the scramble for a ticket.
Aug 2, 2012 6:55 PM
18I agree with everything posters have said about Sudan. Without making absolute guarantees, it's very safe as you won't be allowed near any trouble-spots. Khartoum is probably the safest capital city I have ever visited and the people are, for the most part, incredibly welcoming and friendly.
I would add that Suakin, just below Port Sudan, in the north-east of the country is, after Karima, the most interesting place I've visited whilst here. There's really no-where else like it in the world.
The bus security searches can be really annoying so if you do have money to spare and you're short on time then it's worth hiring a car (with obligatory driver) to make the journey as this gives you greater flexibility and you can tailor-make your tour.
There's plenty of hospitality website hosts in Khartoum with expats and locals hosting and Sudanese are so generous that, most probably, you will never starve or go homeless here.
Final point, everyone that visits here is surprised at how expensive it is. International trade embargoes and inflation make imported goods more expensive than Tokyo, London and Moscow and whilst it is possible to "go local" in your eating and sleeping habits, it is still pricier than most other African and Middle Eastern countries.
Aug 2, 2012 6:58 PM
19LisaD, Kessala in eastern Sudan is one of the highlights of the country and wouldn't be much out of your way once entering Sudan from Ethiopia.
Edited by: garethbrinkworth
Aug 7, 2012 11:55 PM
Aug 8, 2012 12:55 AM
21Definitely safe enough (no absolute guarantees) to cycle in Sudan. I have a couple of friends who have done this and were blown away by the hospitality of those they met. In the south and west of the country you won't be allowed due to conflict but the north and east are fine.
Aug 8, 2012 1:02 AM
Aug 8, 2012 1:18 AM
23No worries. A good place to start may be here: http://cyclingthe6.blogspot.com/2010/12/nubian-way.html
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