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Daytrip to Jebel Barkal in Karima


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large_5550_13957626692809.jpgKarima town.
It wasn’t a surprise that I’d feel cold in the wee hours of the morning. After all, it was cool yesterday when I arrived at 1100 yesterday. I woke to put on an extra top and longjohns.

I had good intentions of getting going early to Karima, 2 hours away by van. It didn’t happen and I didn’t set off till around 0900 to the van station. Fortunately, I grabbed the last seat and we were off immediately on the ride through the desert.

We arrived at 1130 and I grabbed lunch; fuul naturally as there’s often little else unless one hunts quite hard. I found the river afterwards and was interested in finding these old steamers that have been abandoned by the river. They’re quite cool to climb on and explore apparently.large_5550_13957626692509.jpgKarima town.

Walking north, where they should be, I didn’t find anything like that. I did see a largely submerged frame of some kind that didn’t look remotely beautiful or interesting. I turned back and met a Dutch couple (both cabin crew) who were looking for the same so I repeated my efforts with them. We didn’t have any success so I gave up and went by tuktuk to Jebel Barkal, which was the main purpose of my visit.

Jebel Barkal is a monolith which is flanked by what was probably the impressive Temple of Amun back in 15th Century BC, and also some pyramids from 3rd Century BC. I was lucky it wasn’t too hot a day as there was quite a bit of walking in the desert.

It was about 1500 by the time I got back to Karima town by tuktuk. We kept waiting for enough people to fill the van back to Dongola. It was a long wait of 2h20 before the van company decided to go with some empty seats.

It was after 1930 by the time I got back to my room. I had hoped to be back in the heat of the day to enjoy a warmish shower but the time spent looking for those steamers and the subsequent transport delay ruined my great plan.

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Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in Sudan

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