From the vibrancy of the the capital Khartoum, to the ancient Nubian pyramids and overwhelmingly friendly people throughout the country, Sudan has a huge amount to offer as a tourist destination.
Our double tours in February both sold out so we have now added another trip this year for December.
Monday December 4th
Arrival to Khartoum international airport and transfer to hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, day is at leisure and in the evening the group will meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Tuesday December 5th
Today we set off early and drive to the ancient centre of Naga'a with the meroitic temple of Amun, the Roman chapel and the Lion temple. We then proceed to Musawarat as-Sufra, an extensive temple area with rare elephant depictions. Afterwards we will continue to the small town of Shendi, then onwards to Meroe to visit the largest pyramid cemetery of the Nile valley - dozens of black pyramids rising from the desert sands. Camp overnight in front of the pyramids of Meroe. There is also the option to upgrade to a nearby hotel for extra comfort for a surcharge.
Wednesday December 6th
In the morning there is time to walk around alone and photograph the pyramids during the sunrise. We then drive to El Damer, crossing the Nile to Umm Tuyur on the west bank. Afterwards the route leads through the Bayouda desert, here we will then visit the cemetery containing the pyramids of the 26th dynasty, among them that of Pharaoh Taharqa. Afterwards cross the Nile to visit the necropolis of el-Kurru. The subterranean tomb of King Tanwetamani is decorated in the classical pharaonic style. We stay overnight in Karima at a Nubian house.
Thursday December 7th
In the morning we drive to Jebel Barkal and visit 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. The rest of the day we drive back to Khartoum with plenty of breaks along the way. Evening at leisure.
Friday December 8th
Day is at leisure in Khartoum. In the afternoon we meet to visit Hamid el-Nil cemetery in Omdurman, where groups of sufis come together to hear stories about the prophet, pray and dance together.
Saturday December 9th
Today we take a tour of Khartoum and Omdurman. Included is a visit to the National Museum, the convergence of the Blue and White Nile, Khalifa's House museum, Mehdi Tomb and then the Old Souq of Omdurman for lunch and shopping. We then spend the afternoon at the Ethnographic Museum and the Republican Palace Museum. We will head for a late afternoon break at the Corinthia Hotel, also known as ‘Gaddafi’s Egg’ because it was funded by Libya. Here we can enjoy views of Khartoum from the 17th floor along with some cold refreshments. Transfer to the airport in the evening.
The cost of the tour is £645 per person
The price includes:
- visa invitation letter
- visa registration
- photography permit
- all ground transport including minibus and 4wd
- accommodation (twin rooms in 3 star hotel, Nubian guesthouse and tents)
- Tours, entry fees, and English speaking guides
- Breakfast each day
- Lunch on days 2, 3 and 4
- Dinner on day 2 and 3
The price doesn't include:
- Visa fee
- International Flights
- Lunches and dinners
- Other personal expenses
- £110 single room supplement (subject to availability we can allocate someone to share with on a group tour if you prefer to avoid this cost).
- option to upgrade to a hotel instead of camping at Meroe - £55 single room or £70 twin/double room.
We will issue you an invitation letter to enable you to obtain your Sudan visa from your nearest Embassy. Alternatively we can issue a letter of invitation that enables you to pick up your visa on arrival at the airport for an additional £50 (and $100 visa fee). We strongly advise you obtain your visa in advance to avoid queues of up to 2 hours at the airport. The visa only takes a couple of days to be issued at the Sudan Embassy in London.