The Sudan Explorer
|Jan - Dec
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Day 1: Arrival to Khartoum international airport and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Khartoum & Omdurman
City tour of Khartoum and Omdurman including a visit to the national museum, Ethnographic museum, Khalifa’s House (museum), Mehdi Tomp and the old Suq (market) of Omdurman, and visit to the confluence of the two niles (Blue Nile & White Nile) at evening return to the hotel.
Day 3: Naqa – Mussawarat – Meroe
Drive to the ancient cultic centre of Nagaa with the meroitic temple of Amun, the Roman chapel and the lion temple, about 160 km and proceed to Musawarat as-Sufra 20 km, an extensive temple area with rare elephant depictions. Afterwards continue to the small town of Shendi, 80 km, and onwards 30 km to Meroe. Visit the largest pyramid cemetery of the Nile valley – dozens of black pyramids rise from the desert sands. Tent overnight in front of the pyramids of Meroe. Overnight in tents.
Day 4: Meroe – Damer – Bayouda Desert- Deir Ghazali – Karima
In the morning opportunity to take a stroll and photograph the pyramids. Then drive to El Damer 100 km, crossing the Nile to Umm Tuyur on the west bank. Afterwards the route leads through the Bayouda desert for 400 km, Visit to the ancient monastery of Deir Ghazali, then drive to Nuri, 25 km. Visit the cemetery containing the pyramids of the 26th dynasty, among them that of Pharaoh Taharqa. Afterwards drive to Karima overnight at a Nubian house
Crossing the Nile to visit the necropolis of el-Kurru, 18 km. The subterranean tomb of King Tanwetamani is decorated in the classical pharaonic style. Drive to Jebel Barkal, 18 km Ascent to Jebel Barkal and afterwards visit to the great temple of Amun of Napata dating back to the 12th century B.C. The temple was the most important religious centre of Kush, overnight in Karima a Nubian house–
Day 6: Kerma
Drive from Karima then crossing the desert to Kerma about 300 km overnight at a Nubian house .
Day 7: Kerma – Messaida – Soleb
Drive to Kerma, capital of Upper Nubia during the 3rd and 2nd millenium B.C. The ”Diffufa”, large mud brick constructions slightly younger than the Giza pyramids, were probably tombs. Drive to the village of Kerma for provisions, then proceed to Messaida, 18 km, and visit an old Christian chapel. Drive north through colourful Nubian villages to Delgo, 80km, crossing the Nile, then 70 km drive to Soleb. Overnight in the house of a Nubian house
Day 8: Soleb – Sdeinga – Sai – Soleb
Visit the temple of Soleb, a Nubian copy of the temples of the Egyptian New Kingdom, with pillars reminiscent of Luxor temple. Drive to Sdeinga, 50 km and visit to the temple dedicated to Queen Teje, the mother of Akhenaten. Afterwards boat trip to the island of Sai, 40 km, with settlement ruins from old Nubian, Pharaonic and Christian times. Afterwards return to Soleb and drive through the desert along the old Darb el-Arbain, the “Road of Forty” – a camel took 40 days from Khartoum to Cairo on this road. Overnight in the house of a Nubian
Day 9 & 10: Soleb – Sesebi – Sebu – Tumbus
Turn back 50 km to Sesebi, a military outpost of pharaoh Akhenaten. Crossing the Nile near Delgo and 30 km drive to the 3rd cataract. Photo stop at the rapids and 50 km drive to Tumbus, passing prehistoric rock inscriptions near Sebu. Visit to hieroglyphic inscriptions and a recumbent statue of King Taharka in the granite quarries. 2 overnights in Kerma at Nubian house.
Day 11: Tumbus – Kawa – Old Dongola
Drive from Tumbus to Kerma to buy provisions, then on to Kawa 120 km to see the sand-covered temple ruins. Afterwards proceed to Old Dongola, tent overnight.
Day 12: Old Dongola – Wadi Milk
Visit Old Dongola, once the Christian capital of the Nubian kingdom Makuria and later a major islamic city. Afterwards drive to the spectacularly beautiful desert valley of Wadi Milk. Often one meets Bisharin bedouin watering their camels at one of the wells. Tent overnight.
Day 13: Wadi Milk – Khartoum
After breakfast opportunity to take a walk; then drive back to Khartoum. Arrival late in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
Day 14: free time before departure –
Price: £1,750 Per person
Single Supplement of £275
- English Speaking Guide
- Private 4×4 Vehicle
- All food and Lunch
- Hotel accommodation in Khartoum at 3 stars bed&breakfast
- Accommodation outside Khartoum as mentioned on the program
and based on full-board.
- Entrance fees to all archaeological sites and museums
What’s Not Included:
- International Flights
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