DAYS 14 – 24: SUDAN
From Abu Simbel you will take a ferry across Lake Nasser to the border with Sudan. This can be a long border crossing but once the formalities have been dealt with, you will drive to the friendly town of Wadi Halfa. The hospitality in Sudan can be surprising, but very genuine. For such a poor country with so many recent problems Sudanese people are often too willing to invite you for a meal or a cup of ‘Sudanese whisky’ – better known as tea!
From Wadi Halfa you board your overland truck for your drive across the Nubian Desert. Your route here will see you either hugging the banks of Nile as it snakes its way south or possibly experiencing the vast open desert plains which is dissected by the main train line from Khartoum, making this your only real point of reference. Whether passing through sleepy Nubian villages, resting in tea rooms, pottering around the local souqs or experiencing total isolation in the middle of the desert – a unique experience awaits you along this not-so-travelled route.
The ancient Pyramids at Meroe lie to the north of the capital Khartoum.
Khartoum is your next stop and it has a fantastic setting on the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. Your stay here is on the banks of the Nile at the quirky but interesting Blue Nile Sailing Club. It houses one of General Kitchener’s old Gunboats, a relic from the British military campaign against the Mahdi over a century ago. For such a large city, Khartoum feels quite laid back. In your few days here you can visit the Hamed al Nil Tomb or take a trip to the daily camel market. Viewing the confluence of the two Niles is also an interesting way to pass the time.
From Khartoum you drive south-east through the towns of Wadi Medina and Gedaref, on your way to Ethiopia.