Into The Desert
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
The city is scorching hot during the days, and I don’t need to hang around to get visas or anything else, so I move North, excited to drive into the desert. I want to get a closer look at the merge of the two Nile Rivers into one, and inadvertently take a “bridge tour” of Khartoum, driving over basically every crossing of the rivers as I make my way out of the city.
As soon as the city fades in the mirror small sand dunes and rocky desert dominate the landscape, and overtime I get close to the mighty Nile River I’m immensely impressed by how green everything is and how much the locals depend on this water to live. I stop for lunch at a small truck stop, and using hand signals manage to tell the owner I would like to eat the same thing as the nearby truck drivers – the food is delicious, and the shade immensely welcomed.
Again, everyone continues to be extremely friendly and kind, even though I can’t speak Arabic.
I am to visit a few Pyramids not far from the road, though when I arrive at them I’m told the entrance fee is $20USD – apparently the government realized a couple of years ago that tourists actually come to these sites and increased the price dramatically, while also charging USD instead of the local currency.
Though the sites look impressive from a distance, I’d rather just enjoy the stunning scenery, so I wild camp out in the desert, and thoroughly enjoy the complete silence.