Cycling route through Sudan
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 4:07 PM Last Post By: Steve_
Sep 3, 2012 8:00 AM
Cycling route through SudanHi!
I am currently on the ferry going to Wadi Halfa with my bicycle. My route will bring me all the way down to South Africa exploring our renewable energy future (www.capetocape2012.com).
Now the next three weeks I want to make it from Wadi Halfa to Gondar, Ethiopia via Khartoum. I already looked up many cycling blogs of people who did the same route but cannot seem to figure out the exact route they take.
The plan is to first go down to Dongola. From there either 1) Karima - Atbara - Khartoum or 2) Keep on following the Nile to Al Dabbah and then take the road going south to Khartoum. What is the best/nicest/quickest option?
And then from Khartoum to Gondar, should I go via New Halfa or via Wad Madani?
All the help is greatly appreciated.
Sep 21, 2012 5:46 PM
Sep 24, 2012 7:28 AM
Sep 29, 2012 4:09 AM
3Maryam, thanks for the message. I made it to Gondar now!
Just to complete the info on this thread:
After some days rest in Khartoum I took off to Wad Madani (2 days). There are enough little shops along the way (max distance 30km I guess) to buy some supplies.
From Madani I went to Al Qadarif (2 days) (stayed in the El Hawwad Tourist Hotel there, 120 pound for the "nice room" with A/C). On this stretch the landscape really changes, after all the dessert the intense green landscape almost hurt my eyes, and.. it rained! (later also with thunder and storm).
After Qadarif I took it easy to go to the border (2 days).
Overall I much enjoyed cycling through Sudan. On the whole route the road conditions have been EXCELLENT, also the route is completely flat. Only the stretch from Khartoum to Wad Madani can be called a bit busy with cars/trucks/buses. On the rest of the route I only came across traffic roughly every 5 minutes.
From Wadi Halfa to Khartoum the prevailing wind is coming from the North (meaning wind in the back). The people have been extremely nice and helpful, and... it has been HOT! Probably it's a bit nicer in winter time.
Good luck it you are doing the same!
Sep 29, 2012 4:28 AM
4BALDNOMAD, I have posted a few words on Cairo - Aswan here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2040381
Oct 13, 2012 1:38 PM
5Hey Cape, Rockermike here, aka Michael from San Francisco. Thanks for all the info. I am in the planning stages for that same ride. Cairo to Addis first leg, then on to Cape Town if all goes well. Your info is invaluable to me - and the more the better. Hard to find this kind of detail anywhere.
One question comes to mind, how did you handle all the visas? Mail in you passport to each embassy one at a time before leaving home? Or are you getting visas along the way?
also, are you "guerrilla camping" anywhere along your route, or do you always look for paid lodging?
I cycled the length and breadth of Mexico last winter, but I've never been to Africa. Have a lot to learn.
Oct 18, 2012 4:07 PM
6"I did make it to Khartoum by now, road conditions are extremely good and I managed to do the Wadi Halfa - Khartoum stretch in one week - with continuous tailwind :-D."
That's pretty fast, it took me 3 days to do that stretch, and I was on a train! LOL.
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