Situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, Sudan is an off-the-beaten-track destination in the heart of East Africa. It is a nation of spectacular, unspoilt natural beauty, friendly people, a rich cultural heritage and numerous ancient archaeological sites. Sudan is home to more pyramids than Egypt- rising up from the Nubian Desert, the ancient city of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features over 200 pyramids dating back to 300 BC. Visitors can look forward to exploring Port Sudan, the centre of Sudan’s thriving world-class diving scene, and discover the 3500-year-old Western Deffufa Temple, said to be the oldest manmade structure in sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t miss the mesmerising whirling dervishes of the Sufi Qadiriyah order, who gather at the Hamed al-Nil Tomb in Omdurman to dance and pray on a weekly basis.
Days 1 - 2
Situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile Rivers, Khartoum is the capital and the largest city in Sudan. This burgeoning city is fast developing into a bustling, glitzy, modern destination. Khartoum is a captivating blend of old and new featuring twenty-first-century glass skyscrapers, vibrant souks and a fascinating museum showcasing Sudan’s ancient history. Visitors can look forward to a number of activities including: sampling local Sudanese cuisine at a variety of excellent local eateries, and visiting St. Matthew's Cathedral, featuring numerous turrets and spires resembling a fairy-tale castle. Don’t miss the White Nile Bridge boasting the best views of the meeting point of the world’s longest river.
Days 2 - 6
Situated in northern Sudan, the riverside village of Karima is set along the spectacular Nile, the world’s longest river. To the south of Karima is the Jebel Barkal, a sacred table-topped mountain with ancient Egyptian roots. Visitors can explore the ruins of the pyramids of Nuri, which rise up from ochre desert sands. These ancient pyramids are the nation’s oldest and largest pyramids, dating back to the 7th century BC. On the outskirts of Karima, visitors can look forward to exploring the Temple of Amun and the Temple of Mut, featuring fascinating frescoes dedicated to the Egyptian goddess of the sky.
Days 6 - 8
Located roughly six kilometres north-east of the Kabushiya station, and resting on the western bank of the Nile, a campsite and settlement is surrounded by three groups of ancient pyramids. A royal cemetery among peach-coloured dunes, these spiky structures belonged to the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroe, from around 590 BC to the fourth century CE. The region has been called Butana in modern times. Each main pyramid has its own funerary chapel with walls decorated with scenes from the life of the king. There are also vestiges, temples, and domestic buildings to be seen. The area has been UNESCO-listed.