This is a luggage label for the Nile Hotel in Wadi Halfa, the Sudanese border town at the only overland crossing with Egypt. It’s part of a massive collection of similar vintage labels on a flickr stream cleverly entitled, Luggage Labels by e-effe, with 3728 currently on display. The stream’s last update was over a year ago, so if you’ve got any to add to his collection, I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you.
Of course, I wasn’t looking for luggage labels, but rather recent photos of the Nile Hotel after coming across a mention of it in a Lonely Planet blog post. The city sits at the south end of Lake Nubia (Lake Nasser to Egyptians), at the end of the once-a-week 16-hour ferry journey to and from Aswan. I’ll be heading south towards Khartoum from there late next year in the early part of my RTW, and was curious about lodging options. And how long I might stay. Given the apparently once-a-week travel options in either direction, my choices will be limited to either one day or one week.
And I did find several pics of the hotel. Here’s a standard room shot. And Michael Palin spent day 63 of his 1991 Pole to Pole trip there as well. A week shouldn’t be a problem.