Originally Posted by discoenduro
The thing is we'll be in Wadi Halfa in May, and some people have said it's going to be as hot as a camel's fart. If my fiancee has to walk 100 metres in 50 celsius, I reckon my donut's cooked.
I've travelled in 50 plus before but i was fully acclimatised. I'm seriously thinking to put her in someone's 4WD...anyone out there with a Toyota and A/C for the lady?
I don't know about May specifically but more likely than not you'll be hard pressed to find a 4X4 heading south, unless there happens to be some other foreigner taking the same ferry that week.
If not, you'll have to wait an entire week to see if someone else wanders along. And as you can imagine, the boredom of an entire week in Wadi Halfa greatly exceeds the pain of a few 100 meter walks.
You can arrange for a ride in Wadi though if you are absolutely desperate. They will charge you an arm and a leg though, they greatly understand the rules of demand and supply.
The bus also runs south, but in my opinion, being squashed into an ancient bus with no shocks and sitting in that tin can in the hot sun is the exact reason that I choose to ride a bike.
You'll understand when you get to northern Sudan, but the long and the short of it is, there are not any easy solutions, it is the middle of nowhere. You and her will already be used to the 50 degree heat from your time in Egypt and the fact of it is, that the remoteness is what will make this part of the trip exceedingly memorable for the both of you. I've put my girlfriend on buses before to escape long boring sections in other countries, but I would not want anyone to miss the Wadi Halfa ride, it is tough but it is an absolute highlight, as a few people have mentioned.
If you are really worried, about the heat, the most realistic solution is to go to desert riding mode. Get up pre-dawn, no faffing around and head off before the sun has even risen. You'll get in a few hours of riding until the heat builds up. Pick an interesting village when it does, stop for the day and sit beside the Nile, it's not a real hardship.
In short, ride it. Take your time, be careful and you'll look fondly look back on it for the rest of your life. If you want, there are a couple of campsites that we found that were amazing and I can track down the co-ordinates and send them to you.