Abu Hamed is the last major settlement in northern Sudan, so an essential stop for supplies before the drive to Bir Tawil, so a great place for supplies.
We’d actually camped two hours north of Abu Hamed, so in theory at least it should have been about 6 hours before we reached Bir Tawil. In theory….
We stopped at the last settlement of any kind about 3 hours prior to Bir Tawil for lunch, that we imaginatively named “Mad Max Town”. A real out of the way place housing gold miners, that had shops, and a place for us to eat (although we cooked ourselves).
We then set off for Bir Tawil. It is worth noting that you will be on serious off-road terrain, and your vehicles will take a serious beating. Two hours towards Bir Tawil we had to drop from 5 to 3 vehicles. Thankfully though, we were more than prepared for this eventuality.
Two hours from mad max town, and we passed over the border into Bir Tawil just in time for sunset. The border was also a fabulous place for us to set up camp, and thus stay the night.
We climbed a hill to wave the flag of Islandia, had a great dinner, then spent a blissful night sleeping in the no mans land of Bir Tawil. A slightly surreal experience.