Dag 66 Khartoum na Karima Sudan

Na die nag se bly in die Bougainvilla gastehuis vertrek ons verder noord. Eers moes ons as aliens registreer (R1200) binne drie dae – jy kry eintlik die gevoel jy is ‘n alien in hierdie vreemde land. Gelukkig gee die gastehuis hierdie diens en spaar ons al die red tape. Ons neem die Atbara, Karima, Dongola roete, ‘n splinternuwe teerpad deur die Buyada woestyn. Ons besoek die Meroe piramides, 270 BC gebou. Daar is oral Polisie check points en twee keer stop hulle ons lank, hulle soek ‘n dokument wat ons nie het nie. Na baie bell-en-ry tussen mekaar dan laat hulle ons maar gaan. Ons vermoed dit is dalk ‘n travel permit wat jy voorheen nodig gehad het om noord van Khartoum te reis, maar na ons wete is dit opgehef. In elk geval, ons hou ons maar dom en so gaan ons net verder noord. Teen sononder anderkant Karima in die woestyn soek ons ‘n aftrek plekkie – in Sudan kan jy bos/woestyn/wild camping doen. Ons ry ‘n ent in die woestyn in en slaan kamp op terwyl die son sak. Dit is ‘n pragtige aand, windstil, maanlig en sterre maar nog steeds 42 grade. Ons braai SA skaaptjops in die verre woestyn en ‘n koue wit wyntjie wat uit sy skuilplek opgediep word.

After having spent the night at the Bougainvilla Guesthouse, we drive north. First we had to have ourselves registered as aliens (R1200) within three days ? you actually do feel like an alien in this strange country, but fortunately the guesthouse provided this service and we are spared all the red tape.

We take the Karima-to-Atbara Route, a brand-new tar road through the Bayuda Desert. We are looking for the Meroe Pyramids, which was built 270 BC.

There are police check-points everywhere. We are stopped twice for a considerable period of time; they are looking for a document which we do not have. After a number of phone-calls they just let us pass. We suspect that it might have been a travel permit which used to be required for travelling north of Khartoum, but as far as we know, that has been lifted. We just pretend to be ignorant and push ahead north.

At sunset we look for a spot to camp on the other side of Karima in the desert. In Sudan you can camp in the bush/desert/wild. We drive into the desert and set up camp while the sun is setting. It is a beautiful evening, no wind, only the moonlight and stars, but the temperature is still 42.

We braai lamb chops from South Africa in the wide desert accompanied with a chilled white wine pulled from its hiding place.

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright 2015 Paarl to Pyramids | Edit & SEO by Emile Brand