| Pictors Studio ||07 Sep 2011 10:06 a.m. PST|
So I'm looking into going to the Sudan for a short period of time, possibly about a week. I've looked at some of the packaged tours and they don't go to a lot of the places I think I'd like to see. I would like to see the ancient sites but would also like to see the battlefields from the 1880s and 1890s.
Has anyone been there and do you have any advice or contacts who have set up tours?
|mad monkey 1 ||07 Sep 2011 11:15 a.m. PST|
I'd advise against any of the newer battlefields from the 1990's and 2000's. Might still be a little hot out there. That and the port-a-lets are still on the blink.
| Parzival ||07 Sep 2011 12:09 p.m. PST|
Sudan is currently under a US State Dept. Traveler's Advisory for many provinces, particularly in the southern regions. link
Can't advise you on anything else, but I'd say extreme caution is warranted for any visitor from the Western world. Not a nice place, Sudan.
| Saber6 ||07 Sep 2011 12:10 p.m. PST|
Only if you are traveling by TARDIS, accomodations are nicer and you can get out in a hurry
| Pictors Studio ||07 Sep 2011 12:34 p.m. PST|
Unfortunately my TARDIS is on the fritz at the moment. I wasn't planning on travelling to the western part of the country, actually to the eastern part, between Khartoum and the Red Sea.
| Stosstruppen ||07 Sep 2011 12:38 p.m. PST|
With what they are doing to their own people, no one should be going there at all.
| Stosstruppen ||07 Sep 2011 12:39 p.m. PST|
Well the exception would be to provide aid to those people that their own government is oppressing.
| mrwigglesworth ||07 Sep 2011 1:04 p.m. PST|
Scott are you link
They will do to you what I only joke about
Come to toledo for a week. We could you the extra cash. Plus you can hang out with Dave and I.
Or if you have the cash we could go to florida, stay with my buddy and go to recon.
| CPT Jake ||07 Sep 2011 3:27 p.m. PST|
Make sure you guys take out a very comprehensive travel insurance policy. Check for kidnapping and theft coverage as well as what they cover/don't cover for 'acts of war'.
Do make sure to check in with the State Dept ahead of time, and once on the ground. Make sure you keep contact info on you.
Odds are very good you'll be okay, but just being a gringo in that part of the world does make you a target for everything from petty crime to much bigger stuff.
My wife wanted to do an African Safari when she finishes up her current deployment, but I've put the whole continent off limits for our family for a while. About as good an idea as a horse back riding tour through jungle areas of Peru that are Sindero Luminoso havens she wanted to go on a few years ago (not knowing about the Shining Path folks). Instead we went to Iceland.
Then again, I read way too much about potential bad guys and am a little paranoid when it comes to family safety. I avoid risks in some areas which many find perfectly acceptable, and I'm sure I miss out on some great things as a result.
EDIT: FYI, my wife calls me her "Little Picture of Negativity", so take my thoughts and opinions with that in mind ;)
|cfuzwuz ||07 Sep 2011 4:31 p.m. PST|
" When god created the Sudan he looked at what he had done and laughed!". To misquote someone.
| Stosstruppen ||07 Sep 2011 6:27 p.m. PST|
South Africa is relatively safe, and has alot of what you would look for in an African visit. Plus there is Isandlahwana and Rourke's Drift!
| Saber6 ||07 Sep 2011 8:29 p.m. PST|
If you really want to visit a battlefeild, I'll take you to Little Big Horn (and set up a game!)
Bet you can't get a game invite in the Sudan!
|Caesar||08 Sep 2011 9:58 a.m. PST|
Well, you can write a book about it, just like Slatin.