Janet A Wilson

SUDAN

  • In the first Sudan town we looked for help to repair the Land Cruiser’s leaking oil.
  • Passing under the banner Boycott Denmark Products after a Danish cartoonist posted a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, which outraged many Muslims worldwide.
  • Meeting up with fellow travellers in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
  • Setting off to drive across the Sahara Desert, which is almost the same size as the USA.
  • Headed into a habooh, a sandstorm blasting across the emptiness towards us.
  • We found ourselves in the heart of the Sahara, a vast expanse of sand stretching as far as the eye could see. As night fell, we were humbled by the sight of a million stars twinkling above us, a reminder of the vastness of the universe
  • We followed the Nile River across the Sahara Desert to Egypt, as there is only a dust track, which one can sometimes see.
  • Vegetation alongside the Nile River. Scientists debate whether the Nile or the Amazon River is the longest river in the world.
  • Crossing the Nile by ferry to continue north on the other side.
  • Getting water with fellow travellers from villagers living on the banks of the Nile River
  • Water stations in the village are cooled in giant jugs, which are cooled through evaporation.
  • The Sudanese village children, I taught to count to 10 in English.
  • The villages are all enclosed by walls.
  • Arriving at Lake Nubia near the Egyptian border. We were unable to drive across the border due to landmines.
  • Camel herders on the shores of Lake Nubia on the Nile River.
  • Camping while determining how we could cross via the lake into Egypt
  • Negotiating with customs and locals to load our vehicles onto an empty cement barge returning to Egypt.
  • Heading to the docks and the empty cement barge. 
  • Arriving at the barge. We were shocked when we saw what we had to drive onto.
  • Two wooden planks for us to drive up and onto the barge.
  • Tom is driving up the planks. He was the first to load a vehicle
  • Tom was securing our Land Cruiser. Note the empty hold below.
  • The second barge comes alongside our barge, and the two barges rope together.
  • Now, to make the three-day sail to Egypt. Inshallah—God willing, we make it.