Julius Plenz – Blog

Travelling up the Nile

I'm so excited! Tomorrow afternoon, together with a good friend of mine I'll board a plane to Cairo, Egypt. There, we'll try to acquire visas to enter Sudan. Essentially, we will travel up the river Nile from Cairo via Aswan, Wadi Halfa, and Atbara to Khartoum. If we have time, we'll also visit Port Sudan. In total, we have six weeks of time on our hands.

I hope I'm prepared well: I've been learning a bit of Arabic at university for the past two semesters; also, I've been reading the Sudan Tribune the past few months to stay up to date about the situation there. – Other than that, it's the usual stuff you should bring: insect repellent, anti-malaria tablets, water purifier, sunblocker, a good book and a (paper) notebook. Oh, and they don't have ATMs in Sudan, so it's all cash. Better hide it well. (Correction: There are no ATMs for international CCs like Master, Visa oder AmEx. For the local banks, there are quite a few.)

I had to cut down on my initial travel plans, which would have led from Cairo to Dar es Salaam (via Khartoum, Juba, Kampala), crossing five countries in total. This is not feasible any more, however, due to the high tension and violence in Southern Sudan (especially in the Abyei region). – On the upside, it'll be a rather relaxed journey now!

In Khartoum it's 36°C right now... – See you in April!

posted 2012-02-23 tagged life, nile, egypt and sudan