The information below is based on notes taken by Youri and Isa during their trip in 2015. We (Joce and Luca, https://fietsverhaaltjes.wordpress.com/ ) have add and updated their findings in november 2017.
Wadi Halfa (900km) - Intersection Khartoum (303km)
Wadi Halfa: From ferry to town is +-4 km. Register within three days at police in any town. In Wadi Halfa the “immigration office” is located at the main street, and has a green gate. Registration took about 2 hours, bring passport, photos, copy of passport and visa and 525 sdg.
There is a good tarmac road from Wadi Halfa to Khartoum. It has kilometer markers starting at 900km in Wadi Halfa.
875 container for shade.
850 local water
838 cafeteria, closed. For shade.
825 gold mine entrance. Police tents, shade and local water.
808 Al Beer. Cafetaria, cofee/tea, soft drinks, reasonable local water, bottled water, fuhl (typical beans dish), electra by generator. Better than the cafe at 804.
804 cafetaria, coffee/tea, soft drinks local water, bottled water. JL: we camped here our first night in the desert. Owner is friendly.
779 Ashaka. Gold mine village. Shops, bakery, cafe, restaurants
753 Fahka. 4 cafetarias, 2 are closed. Village, coffee/tea, soft drinks, local water, bottled water. JL: this place seemed almost empty when we passed it. We saw someone in the distance in the village, other than that nothing. Roadside cafe's were closed. Local water at 752 was okay though.
747 local water
745 local water
743 cafetaria, local water, several more available until 736
732 local water
722 exit for Abri, tarmac road. JL: we stayed at the Magzoub Nubian Guesthouse for 250sdg. Nice atmosphere, clean, friendly owner.Get room with the Nile view. 20°48′23.95″N 30°20′49.05″E.
709 local water
706 local water
701 local water, cafeteria
695 local water, a total of 5 locations until 692
692 Cafetaria and small shop, gas station
690 local water
680 cafetaria and local water just south of that
677 local water
671 local water
668 local water
664 local water
663 local water
656 local water
655 gas station, local water
654 local water
644 local water
639 local water
616 gas station, local water and small shop
614 local water
625 gold mine town, bottled water, local water, cafetaria, restaurant, vegetable and fruits, bread
617 tarmac exit to Delgo. Small shops, no fruit and vegetables. Bread and cold drinks. More remote desert until Dongola, take food and water.
598 cafetaria, cold drinks, small shop, fried fish, bread
585 cafetaria, fuhl, no cold drinks
560 local water, cafeteria, tea, fuhl, bread
557 off road exit to Kerma. YI recommend Western daffufa (see also OSM). JL: we didn't go to Kerma but the road was tarmac. Maybe it was at a different km marker as well, not sure. Can't miss it though.
547 cafeteria, cold drinks, fuhl
531 exit for Kerma on asphalt. Lots of local water points, populated area.
530 small shop
528 local water
527 gas station so local water and small shop
526 local water
525 local water
524 tea, coffee, cold drinks, shop with and yogurt
522 two local water spots
521 two local water spots
520 garage, they might have local water
519 local water
518 two small shops. JL: the green one (south, next blue mosque) has refrigerators so cold drinks. It is however closed on Friday afternoons. The one was open but didn't have cold drinks.
516 gas station, shop, restaurant. Cold drinks, open on Fridays
512 local water
510 local water
501 junction in the road! Right to Dongola and Khartoum (501 km), straight to Karima through the desert (172 km). Both Youri and Isa and Luca and Joyce took the Khartoum road, so there is no info on the Karima desert road yet.
484 cafeteria, cold drinks
478 local water
476 local water
468 local water
451 local water, small shop?
444 local water
441 local water
440 local water
439 local water
438 local water. Village 2km off the road: fuhl, water, tea. Between here and 397 there are several local water points.
409 cafeteria, cold drinks, fuhl,vegetables and fruit market in village centre
397 shops and cafeteria
384 cafeteria. Between here and 336 there are less water stops than before, so make sure to bring enough
374 police checkpoint
336 cafeteria, shops, fruit and vegetables market in village
331 local water
326 shop, cold drinks
314 small shops, tea, coffee
303 intersection to Khartoum. Cafeterias, shops, fruit
Intersection Khartoum - intersection Bayuda desert
This road was taken by Youri and Isa in 2015
7,5 small shop
8,4 small shop
10,4 small shop with candy and bread
19,4 small shop with yogurt
35 small shop
36 small shop
39,4 small shop with cafeteria, fuhl, local water, bottled water, cold drinks and bread
41,1 small shops and cafeteria
41,5 two small tea places
61 small shop
73,7 small shop
75 junction with Atbarra. Cafeteria, shops, local water, bottled water, fuhl, police checkpoint
Bayuda desert/Atbarra - Khartoum
Road taken by Youri and Isa in 2015. Counting down from 262 km.
262 intersection with cafeteria, water, fuhl, police checkpoint and basic shop
235 tea + goraza, local water okay
199 tea, shade, water
169 tea, biscuits, good local water
163 shade, soft drinks, biscuits, coffee, tea
146 tea, shade, soft drinks, dirty local water, dirty place
124 tea, shade, biscuits, good local water
100 shade, soft drinks, bottled water
89 shade, police checkpoint, police houses, good local water
46 reasonable local water, basic shop, tea
26 shade, basic shop, tea, bread, soft drinks, reasonable local water
20 shade, water
18 shade, tea, soft drinks
4,5 cafeteria (more than fuhl!), cold drinks, gas station
Intersection Khartoum 303km (Al Dabbah) - Khartoum
Road taken by Luca and Joyce in 2017
297 police checkpoint
287 date farm
257 empty house, away from the road
254 empty (?) house close to the road
252 houses, away from the road
245 local water
243 local water
239 village, cold drinks, cafeteria. (we heard someone became sick after drinking water from the last water point south of the village)
191 village, cafeterias, cold drinks, fuhl, eggs
161 small village, little cafeteria
156 small shop
150 local water
146 local water
144 local water
142 local water
141 local water
139 local water
138 local water
125-126 three cafeterias
101 local water at green taps by the water tower
76 local water, small shop
62 police checkpoint, lot of cafeterias
35 date shop
30 police checkpoint
25 shop, cafeteria
Route Sudan from At Barra to Shendi
We did now wrote it down. The road is quit busy with trucks between port sudan and Khartoum. Therefore there are also several cafeteria’s. At around every 10km – 20 km there is a cafeteria. Some are more big and some are more small. Most of them have all.
Route Sudan from Shendi to Khartoum
In the zouk of Shendi you can find everything. If you not entering shendi you can buy several things at the crossroad to Khartoum. From this intersection to the zouk of shendi is 5 km.
We started the route after shendi, cross the bridge and follow the road to Al Matammah. In At Matammah we went off road to the main road.
11,6 Green building left, round water tower left, electra cabels crossing the road. I estimate it is 6 - 8 after Al Matammah, We suggest to load water at Al Matammah, there are no cafetaria's from Shendi to Khartoum
15 Village along the road
17 Village along the road
21 Village along the road
24 Village along the road
25 Water pots
27 Water pots + thee place
28,5 Site road to big moskee
30,7 Water pots en village
33,5 Village 1km from the road
40,3 Water pots en shadow house
41 Electra cabels crossing road, big billboard and side road for 2 - 3 km to industrial place. Water?
52 Village, brown local water
54 Start off - road, good off road. Follow this until you reach asfalt.
68,5 Piece of asfalt of 1,5 km :-)
77 Water tower with pomp with brown water + village. The brown water is nile water. We cooked it for 10 minuts. After that it was oke.
80 Houses we slept
96,6 Closed fuel station
97,6 Checkpost police station (directly on the right). Thee :-). Still brown water
98,53 Asfalt again :-) end of the off road
98,7 Road check post police
105,9 Village + small shop
107,8 Water pots with brown water
111,7 Village + shop with yoghurt and some soft drinks.
112 Shop + bottled water
113 Theeplace with freezer? Cafetaria?
117,4 Tankstation with water pots and lighter brown water
122 Basic shop
128,8 Water pots + very light brown water
132,6 Small shop
135 Small shop
145 Small shop
149 More then 30 shops, fruit, vegetables, bread, fuel.
149,6 Tankstation with moskee
135,7 All but no fruit of vegetables, local water oke, mosk with large green roof
159 More than 10 shops
164,8 Blue entrance port to police area
170,6 Here the road goes from "4" ways lane to 2 ways lane, the light poles are starting/ending. Around here all are shops.
In Khartoum, we slept at the German Guesthouse. Bikers friendly, nice staff, very good internet, swimming pool and clean rooms. We can recommended it. www.germanguesthouse.com/
We use a sim card from Zain. Cost of sim is 5 SDG, internet access cost 1 sdg a day. Connection is only good for email.
At the time of writing oktober 2015 the wind is north to south. Temperature is ranging from 40 until 48 with a peak to 54.
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