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Pictures of our 2nd Africa trip 2015/16 to Sudan
– from December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
 
before:
Ethiopia Part 2 from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1   from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Kenya
Tanzania
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Malawi
Mozambique
Zimbabwe
Botswana
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
afterwards:
Saudi Arabia January 9th to 12th, 2016
 
 
Sudan Map
 
 
       Map of the Horn of Africa
 
latest picture: January 5, 2016
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001  12/9/2015: Sudan, our 185th country,
greets us in Gallabat still with a typical African
thatched hut village after leaving the Ethiopian
border of Metema. Further north Africa ends and
Arabia starts with its typical flat brick houses
002  Water is scarce in this desert country.
Nomads therefore set up camp preferentially
around a precious pond with their
huge herds of goats …..
003  ….. next to the water hole, cattle
gather around a single acacia tree that
provides them some shade from the
hot desert sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
004  A cotton field at its best. Cotton (Gossypium) is Sudan’s most important
export. Textiles were always part of
Sudan’s artisan craftwork
005  Hyacinth flowers (Hyacinthus
orientalis) sparkle at the edge of a
corn field that stretches for dozens
of miles along the road
006  Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
raise their heads towards the sun, giving
the bleak desert some color
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
007  Two thatched houses are peaking
out from a not yet harvested cornfield
008  Even in the harshest and most
remote corner we find a mosque in this
Islamic land deprived of alcohol
009  Camel herders are moving across
the desert with their animals. Breeding camels
is an important income source in Sudan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
010  At the Istanbul Restaurant in Wad
Madani, directly at the shore of the Blue Nile,
a little passenger boat is crossing to the
eastern riverside
011  An oasis amid the sand: The Blue Nile –
a lifeline which comes from Tana Lake in
Ethiopia – holds back the desert and provides
a narrow strip of fertile land
012  With the paddle on the Blue Nile,
which looks rather brownish. But also
the White Nile isn’t better on
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
013  The ”Hamad al-Nil“ tomb in Khartoum.
Sheik Hamad al-Nil was a 19th-century Sufi
leader of the Qadiriyah order (tariqa) and his
tomb is the weekly focus for Omdurman’s
”whirling dervishes“ (Sufis). Sufis are members
of a Muslim ascetic-religious orden (tariqa) …..
014  ….. it attracts every Friday the
few tourists, local observers as well as
participants. This local fellow follows
attentively the happenings from
the men’s world …..
015  ….. while the girls have
their own viewing corner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
016  After their march across the cemetery,
participants of the „whirling dervishes“
ceremony are approaching the ”Hamad al-
Nil“ tomb singing and drumming …..
017  ….. in the interior of the big
observer circle two men with cymbals
(percussion instruments) announce
the start of the ceremony …..
018  ….. the green banner of the ”tariqa“
orden is carried by a ”whirling dervishes“
into the circle and then raised. The ritual
can begin. In the background the mosque
of the ”Hamad al-Nil“ cemetery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
019  A ”whirling dervishes“, dressed in
traditional green and red, moves around
the inner circle while the observers sing
and clap their hands …..
020  ….. the chunky beads around
his neck give this ”whirling dervishes“
his special look …..
021  ….. less decorative, but still wearing a
scarf with the traditional colors, this ”whirling
dervishes“ makes a break before joining the
circling, chanting, bobbing and clapping
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
022  At the occasion of religious festivities, the
Khalifa Mosque with its high minaret in the center
of Omdurman, the western part of the capital
Khartoum, is surrounded with rows of flags …..
023  ….. opposite of the Khalifa Square,
surrounded by lush green, is the Tomb of
Mahdi – Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah –
a religious leader of the Samaniyya order
024  A monument of the Quran,
the central religious text of Islam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Religious portraits and wall hangings adorn the Islamic festivities of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on
December 24th, 2015, on Khalifa Square in Omdurman’s city center, the western part of the capital Khartoum.
Khartoum consists of three parts – separated by the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile:
Khartoum (2012: 2.7 m people), Omdurman (2.9 m people), Bahri [Khartoum North] (1 m people)
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028  A teapot monument in the city center
of Omdurman. These kinds of monuments
are popular in the Arab world. They
symbolize hospitality
029  Sudanese love sweets. Its choice
at the neatly decorated shops is big. We
like the best nougat and sesam pastries
030  A mural at the biggest supermarket
in Khartoum, the “Afra Shopping Center”,
where we are blamed by the security for
taking this picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
031  Not really Emil’s favorite job: He is
arranging stuff on our roof rack in the
Youth Hostel Camping in Khartoum
032  Christmas 2015 beneath the big mango
tree on the camping of the Youth Hostel in
Khartoum. Instead of Christmas songs we
listen to an incredible concert of huge flocks
of birds that returned to their sleeping
place on the mango tree …..
033  ….. our simple, improvised
Christmas decoration as we were
not able to find a Christmas tree
in Muslim Sudan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
034  Farewell from Melanie and daughter
Sophie on the Youth Hostel Camping in
Khartoum. They travel with a motorbike
with side car from East London (England)
to East London (South Africa)
035  Glorious desert sunset on our bush
camp near the Naqa ruins on New Years
evening 2016. The Naqa ruins lie about 12½
miles [20km] south of Musawwarat es-Sufra
036  Off to the desert to the Musawwarat
es-Sufra ruins (about 25 miles [40km] from
El Amaren along the main highway): As
always the desert provokes the feeling of
freedom and vastness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
037  The temple complex of the Musawwarat
es-Sufra ruins covers an area of 13½ acres
[55‘000m²]. Some still standing columns
within the enclosure is all what remains
 from the former glory of this Meroitic
site of the Kingdom of Kush …..
038  ….. a well preserved column of
the largest Meroitic complex in Sudan …..
039  ….. stones and crumbling walls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
040  View of the ruins of the Temple of
Amun of the Meroitic complex in Naqa,
made of sandstone - 12½ miles [20km]
more to the south …..
041  ….. a colonnade of lions at
the Temple of Amun in Naqa
042  A bedouin carries freshly cut
grass to his hut with his donkey –
a precious good in the desert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
043  The pyramids of the Royal Cemetery
of Meroë in eastern Sudan are standing next to
each other on a red sandy ridge. They are all
“decapitated” because 1834 an idiot of an Italian
treasure hunter, Guiseppe Ferlini, was convinced
to be able to grab treasures on that way .....
044  ….. a group of camels is
waiting for tourists …..
045  ….. Emil is standing in front of one
of the kings burial chapels of the former
Meroitic Kingdom of Kush
in the Nubian Desert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
046  From the viewpoint over the pyramids’
area our LandCruiser looks a bit lost
047  Just us and the pyramids in the
Nubian Desert! Liliana enjoys the moment.
There are said to be 200 of these ancient
tombs of the former Meroitic Kingdom
of Kush in Nubia
048  Panorama from the viewpoint: Many
pyramids are tombs of kings and queens of the
Meroitic Kushite Kingdom, who ruled the area
for more than 900 years and that spread once
up to the Mediterranean coast (700 BC)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
049  Another view of a part of the
ancient Meroitic Kingdom of Kush in
Bagrawiya, where the capital of this Nubian
Kingdom is said to have been situated
050  Well preserved beautiful reliefs
on a wall of a burial chapel
051  The pyramids of Meroë are
impressive, but are definitively smaller
than those of Giza or Saqqara in Egypt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
052  In the soft evening light, the
Meroë pyramids in the desert are
really captivating
053  We are driving 2 miles [3½km] through a
very scenic desert towards the Meroe Tented
Camp – a taste of luxury in the desert …..
054  ….. where camels are feeding
on the green bushes that are
growing in the stony terrain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
055  Below the Meroe Tented Camp
we find a lovely bush camp behind
a red sand dune …..
056  .…. and watch from the Meroe
Tented Camp how the sun disappears
behind the Meroë pyramids .....
057  ….. despite of the sand wind it’s
a wonderful feeling being able to camp
in this beautiful silent desert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
058  On our way to Port Sudan, about
47 miles [75km] after Ed Damer, we set up
our night camp far away from the main (truck)
highway in the monotonous flat desert …..
059  ….. after we had to give up
our first attempt as we almost got
stuck in softer sand …..
060  ….. apart from wild watermelons
(Citrullus lanatus), which surprisingly grow
well on the dry sandy terrain, there is hardly
any vegetation in this part of the arid desert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
061  Despite that camels can travel long
distances in the desert sun without water, they
also need to drink now and then. Here a water
tanker has been dispatched to the desert
062  Bedouin tents along the road to
Port Sudan. Matching with the color of
the desert, they can hardly be seen.
Interestingly the tents show a certain similarity
to those of the Afar tribe in Djibouti
063  Very peculiar huts are
catching our attention along the
Khartoum - Port Sudan road
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
064  An impressive high and slim minaret
towers over the flat adobe dwellings of
Hayya – a village on the crossroad from
Port Sudan to Khartoum and Kassala
065  The special charm of Hayya lies
in the traditional adobe houses, which also
reflect the humble life of its inhabitants
066  Traditional and modern: Mud brick
houses and again the striking slim minaret
of a mosque near Sinkat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
067  We are driving over the Aqaba
Pass towards the port city of Suakin.
The landscape reminds us to Oman
on the Arabian Peninsula
068  Our last desert camp in Sudan
between Port Sudan and the 19 miles
[30km] further north lying Red Sea Resort.
We drove in Sudan within 30 days
totally 1'085 miles [1’746km]
069  View from the ”Red Sea Resort“,
19 miles [30km] north of Port Sudan, situated
at the seashore. On January 8th, 2016, we
leave Sudan and with it Africa at the port of
Suakin and take the ferry to Jeddah/Saudi
Arabia with the next destination: United
Arab Emirates for the fifth time
 
Back to the 2nd part of the Ethiopian trip: Ethiopia Part 2 November 27th to December 9th, 2015, from Djibouti to Sudan
 
The "Greater"-Middle East trip 2012/13:
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Oman 2013 – Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 – Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 – Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Iran - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) May 2013
Iran - part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh May 2013
Turkey - Esendere-Hakkari-Van-Dogubayazit-Kars-Ardahan-Hopa-Georgia Border – May/June 2013
Georgia - part 1: Ajaria-Gori-Tbilisi-Kakheti-Azerbaijan Border June 2013
Azerbaijan: Georgia Border-Balakən-Şəki-Lahıç-Baku-Xınalıq-Quba-Laza-Baku-Gəncə-Georgia Border June 2013
Georgia - Part 2a: Azerbaijan Border-Tbilisi-Armenia Border June/July 2013
Armenia part 1 July 2 to 9, 2013: Georgia Border - Akhtala - Haghpat - Dilijan - Lake Sevan - Selim - Arates - Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Stepanakert-Gandzasar-Martakert-Tigranakert-Tnjri-Shoushi-Armenia July
Armenia - Part 2: Nagorno-Karabakh-Goris-Tatev-Noravank-Khor Virap-Echmiadzin-Yerewan-Geghard-Gyumri-Georgia Border July 2013
Georgia - Part 2b: Armenia Border-Ninotsminda-Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Kazbegi-Kutaisi-Zugdidi July 2013
Georgia - Part 3a: Zugdidi-Swaneti-Zugdidi-Abkhazia Border – July/August 2013
Abkhazia: Georgia-Sukhumi-Tsebelda-Novyy Aton-Lake Ritsa-Gagra-Pitsunda-Georgia August 2013
Georgia - Part 3b: Abkhazia Border-Poti-Ferry to Ilyichevsk/Ukraine – August 2013