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Best way to get to Bir Tawil (Day 1)

Best way to get to Bir Tawil (Day 1)

There are basically two options to get to Bir Tawil, vía Egypt, and unsurprisingly via Sudan. Due to the fact we were doing a tour in a Sudan and that was where our partners are, we went down this route. Flight wise Khartoum is also nearer than Cairo (although hardly a flight hub).

There are a number of useful places with direct flights to Khartoum, such as Cairo, Muscat, and the ever doable Dubai.

Thus my personal choice of route was the 8 hour Hong Komg to Dubai with emirates, 8 hour layover, then 4 hours to Khartoum.

Hong Kong to Dubai on Emirates
Hong Kong to Dubai on Emirates

As layover places go, Dubai takes some beating. There’s a ton of restaurants, smoking areas, great shops, and amazing lounges.

Costa in T2 Dubai
Costa in T2 Dubai

Although with that being said, if you’re flying from Dubai Terminal 2, then it’s slightly far from a normal Dubai airport experience. T2 is fairly basic, but pleasant enough.

The flight from Dubai to Khartoum takes just over 4 hours. You will need to have an invitation in order to use Sudan’s visa on arrival. If you have this the whole process is simple, quick and will cost you 100 dollars and a page in your passport.

Khartoum international airport is small, and thankfully very close to town. Arrange a lift through your travel agent, or hotel. Do not engage the taxis unless you speak the lingo.

We personally use the Khartoum Plaza Hotel due to its proximity to the airport, town and decent food options. It’s not exactly high grade, but for the money is a great deal for people that don’t expect luxury. The breakfast is particularly good.

Khartoum Plaza Hotel room
Khartoum Plaza Hotel

Khartoum is a relatively small city, and despite the recent revolution is a safe and easy place to navigate.

Top tips for one day in Khartoum would be the camel market, and the convergence of the blue and white Niles.

Syrian Kebab in Khartoum
Syrian Kebab in Khartoum

Dinner options are very diverse, but we kept it simple by having schwarma washed down with local (non-alcoholic) beer.

Islandia Flag on Khartoum
Islandia Flag on Khartoum

Day 1 of the journey to Bir Tawil.

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