The African Challenge | KHARTOUM
The morning started lazy, with none of us showing up in a hurry to get out of bed, so by 9:30 only, after a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we ventured out onto the street. We then proceeded immediately to the office of our friend Midhat in order to correct the mistake of Paulo’s passport, which had the name changed by Afonso. We were there two hours with our intermediary, during which the problem of the carnet was solved, with the issuance of a new one with the data of Paulo correct.
We had the opportunity to enjoy a coffee made by his Ethiopian wife, to find out what places to visit in the next 1000 kilometers to the border and we know that there are many. Most important, perhaps, are the famous pyramids of Sudan at Meroe, a landmark of the Nubian civilization that reigned between present-day southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Midhat explained to us that in fact the largest pyramids are in Egypt but in Sudan there are practically twice as many, totaling no less than 220, against Egypt’s 130.
He then explained the whole itinerary in detail to get there and then to reach the border with the neighboring country in Wadi Halfa, where his brother will be waiting for us to expedite his customs operations to exit Sudan. On the way he suggested that we stay for one night sleeping in the desert and in the next we reached Wadi Halfa to cross to Egypt on Saturday morning, where another agent, Kamal, who already has our entry cards in Egypt awaits us ready, we hope to have everything under control.
Around 12.30 we bid farewell to the Midhat and began scheduling the obligatory visit in Khartoum at the confluence of the two Nils, the White and the main, flowing from the Victoria Falls in Uganda and the Blue that is born in Ethiopia, on Lake Tana, where we had the opportunity to cross and that it flows here in the Sudanese capital with its big brother. So we went to a boarding pier along the banks of the Blue Nile, where on a small boat rented in the place we had the opportunity to go live the meeting of the big monster with the small, opportunity to feel the grandeur of these waterways. It is said that the White Nile is the most extensive river on the planet, with more than 7000 kilometers in length. A beautiful spectacle of nature. It is certainly exciting to be able to navigate the largest river on planet Earth.
So we went to a boarding pier along the banks of the Blue Nile, where on a small boat rented in the place we had the opportunity to go live the meeting of the big monster with the small, opportunity to feel the grandeur of these waterways.
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing in the hotel room followed by a light dinner in the surrounding area. It was time to prepare the departure of Khartoum northward and finally to Egypt, the last African country of our journey.