Despite the general opinion, Sudan is a very safe country to travel with genuine people. One should not get too close from South Sudan, Darfur region as this might be really dangerous, but the check-points will probably stop you anyway.
To change money, the official rate was in August 2015: 1 euro = 6,8 SDG. On the black market, often called 'outside the bank', because people want strong currencies like dollars and euros, they change for 1 euro = 10SDG.
Look at the Hitchwiki page.
Regarding the amount of cars, it is not possible to reach all areas and if you hitchhike, you might have to stick on the main roads.
The Sudanese hospitality is legendary. Ask for water, they will give you food. Ask for toilets, they will invite you to sleep at their places. Sudanese put beds everywhere and everybody sleeps outside. Just ask around if you don't know where to sleep.
Local food is very cheap, but Sudan is a huge desert and they cannot grow many different things, so imported products are very expensive (one kilo of tomatoes is usually around 40SDG). Pitta bread is usually 5 to 10SDG for 10 breads. 4 to 5 pieces of falafel can be bought for 1SDG.
Alcool and all kind of drugs except cigarets are strictly forbidden in the country. Make reserves before entering the country, but be careful not to get caught. Alcool can be found with diplomatic people, but very expensive.
Very limited! In smaller towns there will be an Internet café. If you have your own computer, you can ask to use plug the cable. In bigger cities Wifi can be found in international hotels or Western-style cafés, but check that the connexion works before ordering anything.
Visas are required by all except:
- Citizens of Syria
- Passengers of an on-ward flight (within 6 hours).
Visas can be difficult to acquire. However, coming from Egypt it is quite easy. It costs 100 US$ if you get it in Cairo and 50 US$ from Aswan down south and you can pay in Egyptian Pounds (true in July 2015). Another option is in Ethiopia, where they are less happy to give the visas and the costs are 60 US$.
When you enter Sudan, you have three days to register. You can do it at the border or at any police station and it costs 285SDG (or 275? Someone to confirm?).
- Your passport should not contain evidence of a visit to Israel.
. If you wish to go by sea or land to Israel and then to Sudan, go on the Israel page to have some more infos.
Coming from/going to Egypt
You can get your visa in Aswan and then hitchhike until Abu Simbel. From there you will find a daily local ferry to Qustul for 5EGP. On the ferry, ask a truck to bring you to this crazy border in the middle of the desert. You will have to pay 50EGP giving you 'the right to access the border', and then you enter Sudan. The opposite to enter Egypt.
You can come as well to Sudan straight from Aswan, but it is more expensive. It is as well another feeling to cross Nasser lake by ferry. There also buses from Aswan. Both buses and ferry are going to Wadi Halfa