Cape to Cairo 2010

A Motorcycle Diary

7 August (Day 39)

07 Aug

WOOOHHOOO Wireless Network!! Didn’t think I would ever get so excited about something so menial!! No data network on the Sudanese side either so updates will be limited to when we can.

We left Gedaref as early as possible because the place was a real hell hole. Our ride was 420km to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan and after the altitude and coolness of Ethiopia, the heat here is oppressive. We got to Khartoum at lunch time and it was 42°C, the result of which is that the bikes were taking strain after a long and fairly hard ride and my radiator guard got so hot that it melted a hole in my other (undamaged) auxiliary fuel tank!!!

Sudan is dusty, desolate and empty in comparison to Ethiopia, these guys definitely got the scenic raw deal but scored with the oil of which Ethiopia has none.

We are spending the next 3 days in Khartoum to rest, clean bikes, do maintenance and get ready for the last leg of our journey. We are spending these days at the awesome Burj Al Fateh Hotel so 3 nights of something decent until we get to Aswan in Egypt.

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Local kids on route to Khartoum.


2010 Sudanese MPV.

Katie springs another fuel leak!!

3 Days of Luxury at last!!!

BackABuddy Many of us have the means and wherewithal to undertake the dreams we want but elect to choose otherwise, many however, do not and that is the purpose of this plea. Afrika Tikkun (http://afrikatikkun.org// ) is a South African non governmental, non profit charity organisation run by the Lubner family that in essence does just that; re-provide the possibility to dream and to create the possibility of turning those dreams into a reality.

Unlike many pleas of this nature, I am not looking for any kind of sponsorship for my trip, but I am looking for your donation, regardless of its size to Afrika Tikkun. Please pledge generously as this is a fantastic cause that will assist them to provide food, care, education, health and social services to those that are desperately in need.

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  1. Alfons

    August 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wow.. amazing pictures. People and building(s?) are not what I expected from Sudan.. After Sudan it most feel great to ride towards a well deserved holiday!

  2. Ashleigh

    August 9, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Awesome photo of the kids on the camel. You guys have been taking some pretty amazing photos considering that you have come through hectic mud and gravel roads.

  3. max kretzmer

    August 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I wasnt sure whether it was safe travelling through the Sudan. In fact before checking where you were was going to ask whether you were taking a boatride to Egypt! I guess you didnt check into your hotel as Ilan Elkaim.

    Dont think Fernes going to take you back….no longer so cuddly!!!…..Keep on pushing straight ahead

    El Capitano