Sudan by night
We left Egypt in the night via an unofficial military checkpoint on a road, which was only opened for us. Our entry into Sudan was other than expected: instead of watchtowers and barb wired fences, a small welcoming committee waited for us, just 5 m behind the border, carrying a large "Welcome" banner. On entry we could smell food in the small tollhouse, two men were preparing a meal, other ones were smoking a shisha under the clear, starlit sky. It felt more like an after-work beer with friends. Then a big bang and a power blackout - we got our entry stamps in candle light. Welcome to Sudan!
Good road conditions made the first 1000km of the night easy for us. Only scattered sandbanks, which probably came with little desert storms, reminded us of cautious driving. The Volkswagen importer waited for us in a VW Amarok and accompanied us to the Ethiopian border. A fuel stop in Sudan´s capital Khartoum and watching the cattle herding around us were the only highlights during the night. The roads became worse on the last 300 km, and it took me nearly one hour to write these lines, since the Touareg rattles me thoroughly. The environment becomes greener and more colorful…we are approaching the more fertile regions of Africa. The sun has risen, Ethiopia is right in front of us.