Sudan - Africa's Hidden Treasure
Discover Ancient Nubia, Great Nile and the desert secrets of Sudan on this unforgettable journey!
Sudan used to be the largest country in Africa but in 2011 South Sudan broke away forming a new state. However this will not hamper the tourists to experience the hospitality of the local people, to see some of the most amazing desert landscapes or to visit ancient pyramids – more in count than in Egypt, lots of of them very well preserved. Many, who have had the chance to visit the country, claim it to be one of their absolute favourite.
♦ Khartoum - Sudan's vibrant capital, built where the White and Blue Nile meet
♦ Naga and Meroe - with their fascinating temples and pyramids
♦ Nubian Desert - with the amazing desert landscapes
Day 1: Khartoum
Arrive Khartoum, transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Khartoum
City tour in Khartoum with a visit to the National Museum, the tomb and the museum of Mahdi - a local Islamic leader, who fought against English colonisation. In the afternoon we will have a short drive to Omdurman - the old capital city of Sudan, famous for its colourful souk. Overnight in Khartoum.
Day 3: Old Dongola
After breakfast we head north driving by some picturesque villages. Upon arrival in Old Dongola we will visit two Coptic Christian temples. We will spend the night at a camping.
Day 4: Nubia
We continue exploring this fascinating region. We will visit the Temple of Soleb - one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples in the country. In the nearby village we will get to know the local village life and stay in a traditional house.
Day 5. Karima
We will drive today through the Bayuda Desert, an area surrounded by sharp black basalt mountains with little vegetation. The final aim for the day is the small town of Karima at the foot of the Jebel Barkal mountains int he Nubian Desert. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 6. Karima
The day is dedicated to exploring Jebel Barkal and the desert. We will visit an ancient temple of Amon, the Royal Necropolis of the ancient city of Napata next to the village of El Kurru, explore parts of the desert. Overnight in the guesthouse in Karima.
Day 7. Karima and Nile Boat Trip
After breakfast we will visit the market in Karima, before heading through the Nubian Desert. A short boat trip along the Nile is on the schedule in order to explore some of the small islands in the region. After that we will visit the pyramids of Nuri. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 8: Meroe
Today we are heading South-East reaching by sunset the Royal Necropolis of Meroe, located upon hills, covered by yellow sand dunes. We visit the ruins of the royal city. Large parts of this area still have to be excavated by the archaeologists. Overnight in tents.
Day 9: Naga- Khartoum
After breakfast we head South to the ancient site of Naga to visit some of the temples here. We continue to Musawwarat El Sufra, where we'll visit the Elephant Temple and Lion Temple before continuing to Khartoum. Hotel overnight.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure.
The price includes: ► 3 nights in a double room with en suite facilities at 3*** hotel in Khartoum incl. breakfast ► 2 nights camping (2 persons tents) 4 nights local guesthouses roosm with shared facilities and all meals outside Khartoum (from breakfast on day 3 to lunch on day 9) + 1 bottle of mineral water per day ►transfer from/to airport ►transport according to the program and entrance fees ►cruise along the Nile ► English speaking tour leader from Penguin Travel (at min 8 persons) ► English speaking local guide ►visa invitation ►local photo and tour permissions
Not included: ►flight tickets ►insurance ►tips and personal expenses ►drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►visa ►optional tours on spot
Price of extra services: ►single room supplement: 120 EUR (where possible)
Visa: All European citizens need a visa to visit Sudan. Please, contact the local Embassy in your country for visa application procedure and price. We will provide visa invitation. Please, send us a scanned color copy of your passport when ordering the tour. No Israeli stamps or visas are allowed in the passport.
Practical information: ►September to April is the best time to go to Sudan.►Sudanese money can be confusing - although the official rate for the Sudanese pound is 1 USD ~ 6.5 SDG. the black market rate could be up to 3 times better. US dollars are the easiest to change and also widely accepted in Khartoum. Credit cards cannot be used. ►Many areas of the country are no-go zones - travellers should not visit Western Sudan and Darfur; the border with Chad is closed. Southern Sudan should also be avoided