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Africa » Sudan » East » Kassala February 25th 2012

We had to get up at 6 a.m. to get the bus out to Kassala. Kassala is right beside the border with Eritrea and the bus took 8 hours to get there. It was pretty much desert the whole way until we got closer to Kassala, when we spotted lots of villages of huts made of mud and straw. The bus dropped us at a little souk about 5 minutes away by taxi from Kassala. We arrived and found the Riyad hotel, which we checked into. Walking around Kassala, we got a lot more stares than anywhere else and loads of people coming up to us to shout 'Khawaja' (foreigner). This wasn't done in a threatening way though and people were extremely friendly. Registering at the police station was another experience of comical Sudanese bureaucracy. We ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum February 22nd 2012

We ended up spending a few more days in Khartoum than planned as there was some Nuban wrestling on Fridays that we wanted to check out. Unfortunately, in the end we didn't manage to see it, despite getting the bus out to the part of the city that it was supposedly on. We thought 2 guys had understood where we wanted to go and would tell us where to get off, but then they go off the bus and no one else could understand where we wanted to go to. It didn't help that this was the day after our one and only big night out in Khartoum. On the Thursday night, which is like their Friday night, we were brought to a Guest House by our couch surfing host. We arrived to find about 4 ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum February 19th 2012

We had to get up at 6.30 a.m. to get our bus to Khartoum at 7. The bus didn't end up leaving until around 8ish but got bought some tea by the guy in charge as we waited. The coach was another proper one with air conditioning, but again with blaring Sudanese music. The speaker system must be new as music was pumping throughout the bus. We arrived in Khartoum at about 2 p.m. and got in touch with our couchsurfing host, Gareth. We went back to his flat and chilled out for the afternoon after not getting much sleep on the coach. Later, we got in touch with Nathan and Rien who we had met on the ferry to Wadi Halfa and were still in Khartoum. They happened to be staying near us, so we ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum February 19th 2012

Hicran Ciğdem Yorgancıoğlu ‘nun Sudan Khartoum Hartum Devr-i Alem Hicri Alem Hicran Çiğdem Seyahatnamesi’nden ..seyahat notlarından alıntılardır . Her hakkı saklıdır .. / Eserin tüm telif hakları H.Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu’na aittir . Eserin izinsiz kopyalanması çoğaltımı ,yayını ,dağıtımı halinde 5846 sayılı Fikir ve Sanat Eserleri Kanunun hükümleri geçerli olacaktır. Nil Nehri'nin fil hortumunu andıran şeklinden Al-kartoūm yani bildiğimiz hortumdan gelmekte şehrin ismi Kara Kıta'da karalar bağladım . Gezdim gezdim ağladım. Filim ile birlikte izliyorum film değil gerçek. Ülke ikiye ayrıldı .Hartum'dayım . Üç milyonluk şu şehirde ,yaşamın kıyısında ,bu yoksulluk ve yokluk içimi acıtıyor . Ben kaça ayrıldım bilmiyorum Nil kıyısında . Burası böyle ise Somali nasıl ... Hicran... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Karima February 17th 2012

We got an early morning bus to Karima. Unlike our previous journeys, this was a proper coach with air conditioning. Although, with blaring loud Sudanese music. The journey was only 2 hours and we arrived in Karima at around lunchtime. I immediately preferred Karima to the other places in Sudan we had been. It is much more of a sleepy, dusty town with all the buildings painted in white and bright colours. The people were also exceptionally friendly to us. We checked in at Al Nasser Hotel and like Dongola, were required to register our stay at the police station. This was done easily enough, even if we woke up the official who was asleep on a bed in his office. We then went to check out the site of Jebel Barkal, close to the town. ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Dongola February 16th 2012

After waking up in Abri, we found our minibus to Dongola. This was a fairly tight squeeze all the way but the road was brilliant again, so the journey wasn't too bad and took only about 3 hours, which was a lot less than we had expected. We checked into the Lord Hotel, which was another lokanda. Dongola was a much bigger and busier town than the previous two we had been in so far in Sudan. However, there is not a whole lot of interest in the town. We hadn't registered yet, something you are required to do within three days of arrival in Sudan. It was just as well that there was not much to do in Dongola, because the process of registration took up most of our afternoon and a much bigger chunk ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Abri February 15th 2012

The first night sleep in Sudan was better than expected. Jack and I, who were about the only two not travelling with their own vehicle, so didn't have to wait for the second ship with the vehicles to arrive, decided to get a bus to Abri. We found a minibus going in that direction and after about half an hour of waiting for it to fill up were on our way. The journey took only 2 and half hours. While it wasn't the most comfortable I am sure there will be worse ahead. We arrived at a petrol station, not realising we were in Abri and a taxi - pimped out to the nines, but with the doors barely hanging on - took us to the only hotel in town. El Fagr hotel provided us with ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Wadi Halfa February 14th 2012

After getting off the boat, minibuses took us to immigration, where all of the foreigners were fast tracked, without much searching of our bags. My original plan had been to go straight to Abri that day, but as there was quite a few other people around, I got a room in a lokanda (a Sudanese hotel, where the rooms have more in common with prison cells) with Jack an Australian guy, doing a similar trip to me and Nathan and Rien, 2 Americans on motorbikes, also doing a similar trip. On arrival in Sudan, you are supposed to register within 3 days and we went to try and do that in the local security office. However, we were unsuccessul as the office had ran out of stickers to put in people's passports! We got some food ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Atbara February 12th 2012

Did you know some of the oldest pyramids in the world are in Sudan? How about volcanic landscapes, unexcavated tombs and sand swept temples? With the dunes of the Nubian Desert reclaiming archeological sites and petrified forests before your eyes, you soon find yourself on an Indiana Jones adventure, hunting for lost treasures and exploring the final frontier. A frontier of secret chambers and hidden passages. A frontier of lost cities and ancient civilizations. A frontier of national treasures lost in the sands of time. As pyramid after pyramid scatter the sand swept deserts of Sudan, archeological treasures emerge from the dunes like rocks breaking through a powerful tide. With temples half submerged in sand and unexplored tombs rising above the dunes, locals don’t seem to realize their importance. Free to explore, you can’t help but ... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum August 18th 2011




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