Jordan / Egypt to Sudan / Ethiopia / Kenya
My wife and 3 kids and I are planning to drive to Botswana and Namibia in a few months. The first stumbling block seems to be the section Egypt - (Aswan - Wadi Halfa ? ?) - Ethiopia etc.
We're travelling in a Land Rover Defender with a Sankey Trailer.
The UK Foreign Office Web Site carries the following advice.
The Wadi Halfa border crossing between Egypt and Sudan is open. Visitors should not attempt to cross any other land borders, whether or not at official crossing points, or to visit the Eritrean and Ethiopian border areas, including Kassala, as they are insecure due to military activity. There is also a risk from landmines.
The security situation in Southern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains remains unstable due to the continuing civil war. However, some towns under Government control can be visited by scheduled flights. Visitors to these areas should consult the British Embassy immediately before travelling. Factional fighting in Western Upper Nile (Unity State) continues. Banditry and tribal clashes continue in Darfur. Only those engaged in essential relief work should visit rural areas of South and West Sudan.
Looking at my maps, it looks like getting into Ethiopia from Sudan requires a trip through or fairly close to Kassala; and going into Southern Sudan (to get to Kenya) also seems a bit dodgy . . . Has anyone done this recently, and if so, did you have any problems?
I've also read somewhere that the Aswan - Wadi Halfo ferry only carries people and motorbikes - no cars . . . . The other ferry I've read about leaves from Port Suez and goes directly to Suakin in Sudan. Any advice on this one would be helpful also - especially if it takes cars etc.
In essence, any advice on getting a vehicle and passengers from Jordan or Egypt to Sudan / Ethiopia / Kenya would be very helpful.
Thanks in advance,
Pete Sinclair. Botswana or Bust