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1. Posted by Szymon27 (Budding Member 2 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am planning a trip to Africa with a two days stop in Dubai.
Exact path would be like that: Dubai - Addis Abeba - Chartum - Cairo
From Addis Abeba to Cairo the trip would be done only by land.
I plan to spend around 3 or 4 weeks on this adventure.
Anybody interested in such experience?

20M from Poland

2. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 550 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

You're aware of the civil war in Sudan, right?

3. Posted by Szymon27 (Budding Member 2 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Yes, I am :)

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1618 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Few, if any, adventurers would be willing to risk such a journey at this time, given the uncertainties and difficulties. Even though the border between Ethiopia and Sudan might be open, the border areas are likely to be filled with Sudanese refugees and aid workers. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to find available accommodations, if my previous experience on the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan is any indication. It will be chaotic. Safety will be an issue. In many troubled areas, cash machines do not exist or will not work. You will need to carry cash.

Travel in remote areas and troubled lands take time. There will be many surprises and setbacks. A trip of a few hours could take days, if that. Detours might be necessary.

There currently is a health crisis in Sudan. See this link:
https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/sudan-cholera-outbreak-flash-update-no-4-4-december-2023-enar#:~:text=As%20of%202%20December%202023,(WHO)%20Sudan%20Outbreaks%20Dashboard.

And this:

https://reports.unocha.org/en/country/ethiopia

If you're determined to go, keep your wits about you and keep informed. It certainly will be an adventure.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5476 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Check with your health authorities for any shots you need.

I think Africa is one of the places where a Yellow Fever shot may be needed too.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1618 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Make sure you know the entry and exit requirements for each of the countries you plan to visit, including visas, limits on the amount of money you can bring in and take out, etc.

You are likely to be asked to grease the palms of some of those you encounter while traveling in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. This is particularly acute in lawless regions. I speak from experience. There will be many checkpoints. It would be wise to have photocopies of your passport information to hand out to ease the crossing.
https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2021

[ Edit: Edited on 10 Dec 2023, 11:40 GMT by berner256 ]

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1618 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Worth monitoring if you're determined to go:

https://acleddata.com/2023/12/01/sudan-situation-update-december-2023-unraveling-the-conflict-dynamics-in-darfur/

I've traveled in troubled lands before. It won't be like ordinary travel. Many services you expect are likely to be limited or not available. People usually emerge from their homes early in morning to collect food and water. But they likely will hunker down the rest of the day, leaving streets deserted. There will be many checkpoints. Some areas will be barricaded to prevent outsiders coming in. You may encounter paramilitary groups, as I did, searching for weapons. Some locals, such as taxi and tuktuk drivers, likely will be more informed than others. They will know alternative routes to get around trouble spots, such as bridges, where fighting could occur.

Safety and security, including health, should be top of mind if you decide to go.

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Dec 2023, 13:47 GMT by berner256 ]