Folks, I write this as a warning to anyone thinking of visiting Sudan. Everything you have ever read or heard about Sudan is exactly as it is when you get there. Everything your parents or the media told you about the country is correct. You should absolutely NOT travel there but IF you do, here is what you’ll find.
WARNING…THE FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE A BRUTALLY HONEST ACCOUNT OF REAL LIFE IN SUDAN.
1) Sudan is just desert!
Apart from the River Nile naturally,
2) Because there is famine and consequently no food.
Breakfast is served.
3) The people are dangerous, you can NEVER trust them
It’s all the smiling faces that’s giving me cause for concern, well, that and the fact that they paid for our tea and waved us off.
4) Because everything is just dry and dusty with no real colour
There were so many incredible and colourful markets just like this one. Photo credit: @Westwards
5) There is absolutely no culture or history in Sudan
What? A rich and likely history which predates Egypt’s history?
6) Because there is no wildlife to see
This is from the Khartoum camel market. There were hundreds of camels bison, goats, sheep and other animals.
7) If you are stuck, you cannot rely on Sudanese people to help you.
Except of course, these people who not only invited us to their island, into their house, fed and watered us, gave us a bed and a heroes farewell…
8) Public buses are a nightmare and there is no other way to get around
Ok so we travelled around in this guy, a 1958 Morris Minor but the public buses looked ok to me!
9) You can’t get alcohol is Sudan
The video is only posted because you can’t see their faces. The whiskey was delicious, therefore breaking the concept of zero alcohol.
10) The views are all so similar and very boring
Ok so this view wasn’t boring, nor was every other pyramid that we saw. Sudan actually has more pyramids than any other place on planet earth.
11) There are absolutely no trees because they have all been cut down by the locals
Well, except for these thousand or so date palms.
12) The tea tastes like it’s been strained through an old sock
In fact, the tea stops along the side of the road, and in cities were the highlights of my trip.Very very sweet though.
13) Sudan is just another muslim country
Now these do not look like Islamic crosses!
14) There is NOTHING interesting to see in Sudan…fact!
The oldest continuous hotel in Khartoum. Dates back to 1952. Full of character and even has a letter on the wall from Bob Geldof as they helped transport food to the camps for ‘Save the Children’ and ‘Oxfam,’
So by now, you should hopefully (unless you’re an absolute idiot) sense the sarcasm in this post. Sudan was one of the most friendly, welcoming, safe and rewarding countries I have ever visited. We were warned about dangerous people, attacking camels, to get out of Sudan as quickly as possible, and generally not to go. It was truly awesome, but don’t take my word for it. Here is a 3 minute video of my trip, please like and share.