Driving Northern Sudan
I will be in Kartoum for a couple of days over New Year and would like to hire a driver taking me from Khartoum via Meroe (Pyramids) and Karima (Djebel Barkal) back to Khartoum.
1) Is it possible to do this trip in a long day's drive? (I know it's not enough time to see the archaeological sites, but I don't have more time.)
2) Is it really all asphalt by now?
3) I have conflicting information about road fees. A local agent quoted me €220 road fees per day on that stretch, which I find hard to believe.
4) Is is it still necessary to obtain a travel permit from the ministry of tourism, if leaving Khartoum? Even if only for a day?