VISIT GBADOLITE (1)

The past few months I’ve travelled a lot through the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had the pleasure of visiting Goma, Bukavu, Kananga, Mbuji-Mayi, Beni, and many other big Congolese cities. However, one little city really caught my specific attention and managed to charm and enchant me with its lost grandeur and melancholy: Gbadolite, Mobutus … More VISIT GBADOLITE (1)

MOHAMMED (SALAMI)

I’m in the middle of a stand-off with our involuntary, shady “fixer”. Everybody, cars and people, are boarding the ship and we’re about to miss our boat. But all of a sudden a guy in a blue overall and an impressive amount of chest hair walks up to us. He introduces himself as Mohammed Salami, … More MOHAMMED (SALAMI)

MUTOWOKIL

In Suakin, 60km south from Port Sudan, we have to catch our ferry to Jeddah. Several little travel agencies along the road to the port sell tickets. Buying them should be a piece of cake, but nobody speaks a word of English. It takes ages to find out a price and a departure date and … More MUTOWOKIL

AHMED

After a few days we can pick up our Saudi visas and we’r very ready to leave Khartoum. We head towards Port Sudan, where we will take a ferry to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). On the road we visit several ancient archaeological sites (Nagaa and musawwarat es-sufra). We spent a night just next to the pyramids … More AHMED

GUNTHER

Driving through Sudan is noticeably very different from Ethiopia. You could describe it as: flat, dry, dusty, almost no potholes and almost no cattle on the road. The way to Khartoum is long but smooth. It’s a 600 km journey. Just two days before in Ethiopia it would have taken us two full days to … More GUNTHER

FRAZER

We arrange our paperwork at the Ethiopian side of the border at customs and the visa section. We are now officially outside of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian customs guy is very nice. The troubles start when we head to the Sudanese side of the border. Willem goes out to meet the Sudanese customs and I stay … More FRAZER