Dongola

Places to stay

Nubian guesthouse

 been opened by a Korean couple and their tree suns. Very nice family! The boys love to take you to the Nile for a swim (If you pay for the taxi)

7USD for camping 10 USD for shared room with fan and mosquito net. shared toilets and showers (clean!) Price includes breakfast (bread, egg, jam, cheese, tea, coffee). You can join the family table for dinner if you request (no idea about the price for that)

Washing machine : 15SDG

Internet: 15SDG for 4 hours (can’t take it for shorter time for some reason)

Postcards : 5SDG, stamp 5SDG (he will bring them to the post for you and it will arrive 4 weeks later in Europe J)

 

Places to see

Rockpaintings Dongola  N19° 55;834  E30° 32.006

If you come from Egypt, before you enter Dongola you pass through some small villages and on your left there appear some big rocks. On those rocks you can find rockpaintings. You have to be alert, as can easily pass them without noticing.

Magasil Island

Nice island where you get invited into the houses to drink tea, see kids playing football, farmers doing their work, people making bricks, … Nice to have a quit day out. You can get here when you’re staying in Dongola, just ask the owner from the Nubian Guesthouse or the locals. Easy to get with a taxi to the Nile and then cross with a passenger boat.

Camel and donkey skeletons

On your way from Dongola to Karima you will see a lot of skeletons just next to the road (been left there if the animals where sick of too weak). Impressive to see we thought so. 


Karima

Pyramids of Karima

No one is here and it’s free!


Meroe

Places to see

Pyramids of Meroe

It’s 100 SDG per person to enter the pyramids, but you can park your car at the back and have a nice view with the sunset.

N21° 47.687  E031° 20.889

You can also have a camel ride here for 10SDG pp 

 

Places to stay

In the dessert! :)


Khartoum

Places to stay

National campsite

You can stand on a field in the back.

Not too bad, but also not so impressive as you’re standing next to a mosque that starts preaching at 5am in the morning, and it’s out of Khartoum

60SDG/tent

International Youthostel N15° 35.473’ E32° 32.374’

You can park your car in the compound and open your tent.

Central in Khartoum, hot shower, free internet (slow).

Blue Nile river campsite

Used to be a very good campsite, but don’t go there now!

It’s expensive and very dirty!

 

Thing to see

Omdurman market

Big market where you can really find everything, impressive to see

Tuti Island

You have to take a boat to cross the Nile to get to this island.

We used to call it ‘the secret beach’ as here you see a lot of young Moslims having the time of their life. They’re singing, dancing, playing guitar, playing in the water,… They’re taking of their head scarf and couples can secretly meet each other here.

Nile street

Next to the Nile you find a lot of tea ladies, it’s lovely to have a tea and just enjoying being in Khartoum. Tea = 1SDG, but next to the Nile it can be more expensive as 2 or 3SDG


Khartoum

Places to stay

National campsite

You can stand on a field in the back.

Not too bad, but also not so impressive as you’re standing next to a mosque that starts preaching at 5am in the morning, and it’s out of Khartoum

60SDG/tent

International Youthostel N15° 35.473’ E32° 32.374’

You can park your car in the compound and open your tent.

Central in Khartoum, hot shower, free internet (slow).

Blue Nile river campsite

Used to be a very good campsite, but don’t go there now!

It’s expensive and very dirty!

 

Thing to see

Omdurman market

Big market where you can really find everything, impressive to see

Tuti Island

You have to take a boat to cross the Nile to get to this island.

We used to call it ‘the secret beach’ as here you see a lot of young Moslims having the time of their life. They’re singing, dancing, playing guitar, playing in the water,… They’re taking of their head scarf and couples can secretly meet each other here.

Nile street

Next to the Nile you find a lot of tea ladies, it’s lovely to have a tea and just enjoying being in Khartoum. Tea = 1SDG, but next to the Nile it can be more expensive as 2 or 3SDG


Border Sudan- Ethiopia

Make sure you arrive on time, as the Sudanese have lunch prom 11-1pm and the Ethiopians have lunch between 1 and 3pm. We arrived at 10.50am and could only leave at 3.30pm because of this…

-          Customs Sudan: writing names down, filling out exit form, exit stamp for passport and carnet

-          Driving across the little bridge into Ethiopia

-          Immigration Ethiopia

-          Customs Ethiopia

They check your car quickly when you enter Ethiopia.

Make sure you have an address ready to fill out in your entry form. (just look one up in your lonely planet)


Visa ethiopia

You can't get a visa for Ethiopia at the border, so you need to get it in Khartoum.

 

Embassy of Ethiopia  N15° 34.821  E32°32.519

Only open between 8.30 and 11.30am, visa can be finished in 1 day if you come on time.

20USD per person + 2 pictures

 

You have to fill out a paper first witch cost 1SDG per person


General information

People are so friendly in Sudan! If anyone offers you something, you have to accept it. You’ll also see that a lot of people want to pay for you, if you refuse you insult them, so just accept J

If you have the change, try to join a bachelor party (called ‘Henna’), it’s so much fun and so nice to see.

 

Gawaja = white man