For everybodies information, the upcoming elections in April are for South Sudan only and should not affect people traveling in North Sudan. For those of us working here during that time, we are encouraged to take leave otherwise it's business as usual with a few precautions thrown in just in case. I've just done a quick survey of the office and the answers I got were 9th or 11th for the actual voting day. Most people coming down through Wadi Halfa, KHT, Gedaref will not come anywhere near South Sudan.
There is almost zero tourism in SS and entry into the region is relatively regulated. There will be a referendum in 2011 in which SS decides if it will separate from the North. This will be a dodgy time & many people believe it will result in a resumption of hostilities. If you stray off the usual tourist route in the north, please be aware that closer to the border region you go, the risk of landmines increases. Stay on the tracks & talk before you walk!
Mines Advisory Group,
Juba, South Sudan.