The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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everyone needs to register within 3 days being in sudan. this you can do in any bigger city for example: kassala, port sudan, khartoum etc.
it will cost you roughly 30$ US per person and entitle you to a 1 month stay in the country regardles of your visa.
the registartion office is called : JOWASAT.
the land borders between sudan and egypt are still off limits to foreigners, the ferry is still the only option as the egyptians won't let you cross the border by land.
dont change you money at the bank in sudan, the black market rate is 50% higher!
the blue nile sailing club in khartoum is overpriced and managed by a very unfriendly staff. our recommendation is the national camp in the south of khartoum, inexpensive and friendly staff!
To save time and trouble you can also get the security registration in Wadi Alfa, right in town where you can also get the Photography permit a bit down on the road.
In this way you do not have to rush to Karthoum.
no clue if the rules changed. at the border they just sent us away and said we should register within 3 days...
but thats not the point. the point is as soon you'd register you could stay for 1 month in sudan. for example you'll receive a 2 weeks visa in nairobi which was not sufficient for us, but you dont need to extend the visa no more!
I do not remember how much it cost, it was not much anyway.
The office (in Wadi Halfa) for the photo permit is just down the road of the Security building, you will need a photo and a photocopy of your passport, just fill a form with your name and address and camera type, they will then attach your photo to the form with a couple of stamps and you are done.
Recommended if you want to avoid possible problems.
The compulsory registration now costs nearer to 200 Sudanese pounds (60 or 35 Euros) as of a month or two ago. I did it in Kassala. Those who did it in Khartoum say the same.
I tried all the options for Khartoum accommodation, though didn't stay at the Blue Nile:
I highly recommend to try the Youth Hostel, 35 per person (6 euros if you choose a good 'bank' to change money at) for shared rooms, great location, secured shaded parking under a huge mango tree with a sweet old guardian, clean and well run, air con and fans. Even a working fridge in myroom and a (dirty) shared kitchen to use. Loads of good restaurants etc around. Easy to walk to the centre etc.
Rooms have between 2-6 beds in them, I am sharing a 3 bed room with my 'wife', so we effectively end up with our own room for a decent price.
GPS N15 35.478 E32 32.386 (Only Landies and Toyotas will fit through the gate/trees - trucks will not fit!)
Sudanese Youth Hostels Association
We tried camping at the 'National Camping Residence' which is nice, clean toilets and showers, but hardly any shade and its a long walk to anywhere being right on the edge of town, over 10km to the Nile etc.
Khartoum is bloody hot (1st week of March here = 43 degrees in the shade for a week, it has calmed down to 37 now) so definitely worth spending a little more - the Youth Hostel works out at being cheaper than camping at the Blue Nile (constant bad reviews) and is quiet, the Blue Nile is noisy etc.
If no suitable rooms are available couples may have to sleep in separate rooms as it is strictly separated by sex per room etc
Worth a try, I'm enjoying the electricity for my laptop, cold fridge, pizza from the Deli next door and the gentle hum of aircon after a hot day of mechanics.
For internet I bought a Zain sim card for 5 Sudanese pounds for my smart phone, added some credit and then subscribed to their 3g internet service at 1 pound per day. Fast and easy. When I want to use it on my laptop/usb modem you can usually get them to work by dialling *99# using 'internet' as the username and password. Fast in Khartoum, fine everywhere else....
We wasted a (very hot) day driving round Khartoum trying to find both offices (registration and photo/travel permits) and all the co-ords/directions we were given were out of date. We weren't asked for any paperwork until we left Khartoum heading north, but after then it was a few times.
We ended up using an agent Midhat Mahir (+249 912253484). He runs a travel agency in town - a really nice bloke. His office is opposite the Plaza Hotel on the first floor of a building that says Tappco on the top. We used him to do the registration and permits and get us ferry tickets. The fee for the paperwork was only a few $ and it was all ready (plus lots of copies for the police) the next day. He did charge us commission on the ferry ticket (we had a cabin) but was very upfront about all charges in advance and offered to give us directions to the train station if we wanted to go and buy it ourselves. His brother Mazar is one of the fixers in Wadi Halfa so he organised the barge for the car.
It was the first time we'd used a fixer traveling north but it was worth it. Even if you don't use him he'll probably tell you where you have to go/what you have to do if you pop in/give him a call.You'll also find a website/email address if you google his name.
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