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A Sukur notable
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On your first visit you climb the mountain by the northern paved way, see the plateau in various seasons, meet Sukur going about their business or relaxing, and return by a different route to Mefir Suku, the village on the plain that, every Tuesday, holds a market visited by both Sukur and Margi. If you are planning to spend the night at Sukur, Tuesday is the best day to arrive since from early afternoon on there are always people willing to carry your bags up the mountain.

The (virtual) tour dates to the 1990s, since when there have been several changes consequent in part upon Sukur gaining world heritage status. Visiting Sukur has become more comfortable and less strenuous. A all-weather tarred road now runs between the main Maiduguri--Madagali-Sukur turnoff-Gulak--Yola road and Mefir Suku. It continues, though with some deterioration, to Rugudum, a plains quarter mainly occupied by Sukur, and the base of the mountain. Motorbike taxis are usually available to carry visitors over any and every part of this distance. However you still have to climb the hill on foot, even if there are now occasional benches upon which to take a break.

Rugudum is the site of Sukur Tourist Haven, a privately owned guest house with several large round rooms for rent and possibilities for obtaining meals. A Sukur World Heritage Site Resort Project is in progress and has already constructed chalets and other facilities.

Rugudum is also where Simon Wayda, the official guide to Sukur, resides. Anyone will direct you to his house but it is best to ask for him first in Mefir Suku.

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View from the Sukur plateau across to Mt Meldeng and down to the plains. The northern paved way climbs the ridge in the middle distance to a point below and to the right of the summit. Its unpaved portion can be seen as a line sloping down to the left edge of the picture.

Striga, a beautiful plant growing in the fields, is also called witchweed. It is one of the few flowering plants that parasitises others, here robbing sorghum, millet, and maize of water and nutrients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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