(Day 41) Day 2 of Leasure at Wadi Halfa – 10 May 2011

Distance for the day    – 0 km
Odometer – 12 572 km
Hours on the Bike        – 00:00
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 129 756.50


In 1971 the Aswan High Dam was completed which resulted in a rise in water levels of Lake Nasser and the original Wadi Halfa was submerged.

Sudan’s military dictatorship forcibly removed the approximately 50,000 inhabitants of the area from their lands and relocated to the dessert, where many died of malaria and other diseases. A few Wadi Halfans, however, remain along the Nile, the river that built their ancestors’ identities as fishermen and river traders, building new settlements several times and finally settling on the current location when the flooding stopped. Seasonal flooding still occurs.

Alcohol is illegal in Sudan. All of the eateries around the main square serve tea, and Wadi Halfans, Egyptian tradesmen and tourists tend to gather there for a few cups to watch the world go by.

The Arabic Souk Market in Wadi Halfa.

For most of the year, there are several hotels in Wadi Halfa, although after the rains, many close for repairs. All are similar, offering string beds, bucket showers, mud floors, a courtyard and clean rooms. In all the towns that we visited in Sudan, one thing stood out which was that many buildings are only half completed. They might have a foundation or built up to the first storey, with only a shell and some reinforcing steel sticking out. The level of craftsmanship leaves a lot to be desired and the finish and electrical work is poor. Many buildings are in use but do not even have a paint job done on them.

A building that will probably never get finished.

Typical sight of a building not finished.

Third storey still in progress. Reinforcing bars sticking out everywhere.

The shell of a building under construction.

The Ferry from Aswan arrived yesterday and the town has suddenly filled with people. We met with some travelers going south and were informed that the trip down was not pleasant at all. The Bardge of the previous week did not run so things bottle necked this week and it was totally overloaded. They were just to glad to be on solid ground again after the long 17 hour trip of discomfort. We will go to the Port today at noon and the Ferry only leaves at 16:00. Magdi visited us yesterday and gave us our Passports with the famous Alien Sticker in it, so we are good to go.

The Tcket to Egypt.

The day was spent in the usual Wadi Halfa way, sleep, eat and wait.

Rufus having tea with a new Egyptian friend.

We tackled Richard’s bike and rerouted a new wire from his battery to an external power socket. His GPS is now working again and he is as excited as a small child. His goal is to now to keep us up to date with the route for the remainder of the trip and guide us into the busy Cairo later.

We decided to go for a Nile swim/wash and ended up at the Port again. First they would not let us through but with some persistent nagging the officer reluctantly said 10 min, quick! And off we went.

Searching for a nice bathing spot.

Back at the Hotel, Chris who was a traveller from Zimbabwe, treated us to a team supper. Everybody chipped in and Linkie, the other South African, cooked us a nice “potjie”. Our hotel was now fully booked with people sleeping on the floor and in passage ways.

Sunset over Lake Nasser.


8 responses

  1. Ons is bly dinge werk so goed uit vir julle. Dit lyk darem of julle na die reis op die “luukse liner” weer terug is in die beskawing. Amper daar en hou maar die leisels nog stewig vas vir die laaste deel. Sien uit daarna om julle te sien en die wereld hier lyk pragtig.

    Veilig ry.

    Almal op Brandkop

    May 14, 2011 at 06:20

  2. montyme

    Not long to go now. I have mixed emotions as I am sure you all have. When are you scheduled to get to Cairo … I know it was going to be the 14th which is tomorrow but not sure how things have changed. Cannot wait to talk to you Rich. Well done to you all and make sure you go easy on the last little leg of the trip. xxxx

    May 13, 2011 at 02:23

  3. Geniet Egipte. Min dae oor. Ons tel die slapies!Pa sê sterkte vir die laaste skof. Ons Twee.

    May 12, 2011 at 20:28

  4. Jislaak. Ek’s alweer agteros maar agteros kom mos ook in die kraal. Dit wat julle doen lyk ogelooflik lekker. Geniet die laaste stretch.

    Kolie Louw

    May 12, 2011 at 08:08

  5. Ons is bly al is reg en julle kon op die ferry klim vir jul laaste deel deur Egipte. Sterkte en geniet dit. Met Norman gesels en ook bly hy is veilig terug.

    Groete van almal hier.

    May 11, 2011 at 16:31

  6. Well done. With Magdi’s help, one boat trip and only one country to go, you will have reached your destiny. Looking forward to your next report and more so to your safe return!

    God Bless,

    Oom Jan

    May 11, 2011 at 13:17

  7. This brings back memories. We stayed in the Kilopatra Hotel in August last year in 50 degree heat. We poured water on the tiled floor and lay on the tiles as the water evaporated.
    Get onto the ship early and get a place either side of and just behind the bridge. If you’re on the port side, you should get to see Abu Simbal. Don’t camp in the middle of the deck as you’ll be in the middle of the Muslim prayers.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:09

  8. Dankietog julle paspoorte is veilig.
    Jul blog maak my dag, die foto’s maar ook die stories. Julle sal maar weer op toer moet gaan want ons gaan die blog teveel mis? Geniet Egipte, die geskiedenis is so wonderlik – ek glo nog steeds die mense wat al daardie goed gebou het is nie die Egiptenare van vandag nie??? Mense van Atlantis? Vandag se Egiptenare is te “anders”.
    Elma & Chris

    May 11, 2011 at 09:24

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