Northern Sudan / Sudan Ends

I continue North on the Eastern side of the Nile River, and again simply drive off into the desert to find a place to camp for the night. I would love to camp right on the river, but every square inch is taken up with houses and farming. I’m sure I could ask permission and camp, but to be honest I’m enjoying the solitude right now, and I thoroughly enjoy another night in the rocky desert, tucked somewhat out of the still howling wind.

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Wild camping in the rocky desert

Further North I wander into the town of Wadi Halfa, immediately before the border of Egypt. Town has a bustling market where I stock up on the usual supplies. I buy enough vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs and bread to last a week for a few US dollars, and before I Know it a local who spends six months a year in London has invited me for a coffee in his little restaurant.

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The highway stretches to Egypt

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Northern Sudan, Nile in the foreground

The Sudanese know how to make coffee, and it is extremely strong and with a very strong Ginger flavor – absolutely delicious and I’m soon buzzing. We chat about life in Sudan, and he mentions I’m lucky to be visiting in winter – in summer this region is easily 130F (50C) every single day, and he said even for him that is unbearable.

The Sudanese are really fed up with their dictator of a President, and they are staging protests all over the country right now. I’m impressed this man is happy to talk so openly about it, and he says finally it looks like things might change. Certainly everyone is hoping it will. Although I’m very safe, he explains, it’s probably not a good idea to take photos of the market and people around – everyone is a little tense right now and he thinks it best that I keep my camera in the Jeep. After all, I could be a government spy.

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Above Wadi Halfa

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On the road in Northern Sudan

It is extremely easy to change US dollars into local pounds – everyone wants to get their hands on hard currency – and I get top dollar for my $10USD which I use to buy everything I need. Again here there doesn’t appear to be a gas shortage, and I am surprised to see a few stations with no line at all. I assume they are simply empty, though when I ask the guy nods and fills the Jeep tank as usual.

Although gas is cheap in Egypt, it’s stupidly cheap in Sudan, so I again fill to the brim.

I camp just a few miles outside town, and again feel as if I have driven off the planet.

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Wild camping not far from town

Sudan has been a fascinating and stunning country, and I’m sure I will return one day. I hope the wind dies down so I can explore outside the Jeep a little more next time!


7 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    Ginger coffee….I like the sound of that. Going to investigate.

  2. Jeff says:

    I got all caught up on your blog just in time for it to be so close to over, as you’re about to cross the finish line. How weird is it to look at that map and see just one tiny square left to go? (Bittersweet maybe?) What an amazing adventure. You’ve been a real inspiration. How many ADVENTURES have been born from your words I wonder?

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hey Jeff,

      Yes, it’s strange for sure! Sitting in the drivers seat I can see the line extending almost all the way to the end now.
      Bittersweet is right. I have enjoyed this expedition immensely, and at the same time I’m excited for new things on the horizon.
      Thanks for catching up and following along!

      All the Best,

  3. Ryan says:

    I’ve been avidly reading your posts since way before your Diesel engine blew up. I have enjoyed each one and feel as if I have been in this expedition with you. I hope when this one comes to a close that new opportunities will surface for a new adventure. I’d sure love to “tag along” on the next one as well!


    • Dan Grec says:

      Hey Ryan,

      Ah, that’s great man! Thanks, I really appreciate it! When my brother and I spit-balled the name “The Road Chose Me” ten years ago now I said if I inspired one person to get out and live their dreams it would all be worth it, so it’s great to hear from you!

      For sure I’m excited about new adventures on the horizon!


  4. scott shambaugh says:

    I’ve been following your travels for years and with news of the government change in the Sudan I have been anxiously awaiting this update. It sounds like you are safe in the area you are and that is good news. Keep on Jeeping and exploring this interesting area of the world.

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