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Saharan Gems of Sudan & the Kush Khartoum - Khartoum

Trip Overview

As a destination, Sudan is so often overlooked but to journey through the beautiful Nubian desert is a wonderful experience. Clustered along the banks of the Nile, are some of the greatest sites of antiquity. They may not rival Luxor or Abu Simbel in grandeur and scale, but in sheer, artistic beauty and isolation, they are second to none. The petit temples of Naga and Musawwarat are simply lovely, and the experience of camping under the stars in the wilds of the desert behind the Pyramids of Meroe is serene. Add in a boat trip across the Nile to the Temple Of Sulb, with its towering columns and you get a true sense of what is hidden in the Sudanese Sahara.

Khartoum, sits on the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, and across the river from the city in the plains of Omdurman, where we have the rare chance to witness the bizarre dances of the whirling Dervish. This a raw and highly vital street display by Sufi devotees.

8 DAYS THROUGH Sudan
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DURATION:
8 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
70%
30%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 4, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 4
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TRIP CODE:
ZKH
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore Khartoum & the historic Omdurman market

  Explore the mediaval ruins of Dongola

  Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site

  Visit Kushite temples and climb Jebel Barkal mountain

  Visit to the Meroe pryamids and temples of Naqa and Musawwarat

  Visit the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids

  Witness the wild antics of the Omdurman Whirling Dervish

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A journey through the wilds of the Sudanese Sahara, with plenty of wild camping, small homestay hostels and city hotels. Ideal for those who want to see seldom visited sites. Sudanese Arabs are wonderfully welcoming and if you enjoy cultural interaction, this is a perfect trip. Do not expect too many home comforts.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Khartoum ( 4th Jan 2020 )

Border Information: if joining in Khartoum, you will most likely enter Sudan at Khartoum International Airport (IATA code: KRT).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am - please look for a note from your leader at the hotel reception when you arrive with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to collect your passport in order to get everyone's visas registered today.

The rest of the day will be free to independently explore Khartoum, including possible optional visits to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Khartoum before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Khartoum.

In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Free

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

Free

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

USD 1
Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum
SDD 1
Day 2 - Dongola ( 5th Jan 2020 )

Today our journey begins with a drive out into the Sahara deserts northwest of Khartoum. We will arrive at the historic site of Old Dongola, once an important city in medieval Nubia. After an included visit to the site, we will wild camp in the stunning deserts nearby.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the curious medieval ruins of Old Dongola in the western deserts of Sudan

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Day 3 - Wawa, Dongola ( 6th Jan 2020 )

Today we will journey through the remote areas of northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route we will visit the Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, once of the site of the capital of the Kingdom of Kerma, an incredibly ancient civilisation that flourished in the area as long as 5,500 years ago. In the afternoon we will arrive in the small village of Wawa, and will have an included visit to the deserted ruins of the Temple of Soleb on the opposite bank of the Nile.

We will wild camp near the village of Wawa.

Estimated Drive Times - 5-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation

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Explore the ruins of the Temple of Soleb

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Day 4 - Karima ( 7th Jan 2020 )

Today we will journey to the town of Karima, where we have an included visit to the mysterious site of Jebel Barkal. A very distinctive flat-topped mountain in the desert, the site has some well preserved ancient paintings in a small temple underneath it and a few Nubian pyramids nearby.

We will wild camp in the deserts east of Karima.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain

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Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima

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Day 5 - Meroe, Nuri ( 8th Jan 2020 )

Today we will visit the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids of the Kushite era, east of the town of Karima. We will then continue our drive towards the famous site of Meroe, wild camping in the deserts nearby.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 6 - Naqa, Musawwarat, Meroe ( 9th Jan 2020 )

This morning we will visit the incredible deserted Kushite pyramids of Meroe, one of the most iconic and haunting sites in Sudan. In the afternoon we will move on to the other magnificient Kushite sites of Musawwarat and Naqa - we will visit both highlights and then wild camp in the deserts nearby.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat

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Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids

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Day 7 - Khartoum ( 10th Jan 2020 )

Today we will complete our journey back to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where we have a much-deserved refresh and relax in the hotel after our time in the desert!

In the evening we will meet up for an included visit to Omdurman to see the weekly gathering of Whirling Dervishes, a magical cultural experience to see in the sunset.

In Khartoum we will return to our comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Witness the spectacular Whirling Dervishes of Omdurman

Included in Kitty
Day 8 - Khartoum ( 11th Jan 2020 )

Border Information: if finishing in Khartoum, you will most likely exit Sudan at Khartoum International Airport (IATA code: KRT).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Khartoum. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 4 Jan 2020
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Duration: 8 days
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Departing: 19 Mar 2022
Returning: 26 Mar 2022
Duration: 8 days
Route: Khartoum - Khartoum
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Deposit: $350 USD
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

I normally travel on my own and was therefore apprehensive about travelling with a group. Two points I would make. Firstly I enjoyed it immensely. Secondly it was not a trip that would not have been easy to replicate solo.
David M
Enjoyed all of it.
David M
It all went really well, way better than I could have expected.
VICENTE F
Being free to drive anywhere and just set up camp felt liberating. It was nice to have space in the truck, since we were only 14 guests.
VICENTE F
The lack of other tourists - to view the pyramids and temples against the desert with the wind adding to the loneliness is quite spectacular
Myrtle R
Amazing!
Veronica L
This was my first overland trip so wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I enjoyed the cross mix of people plus the fascinating country and the sites visited.
Richard D
Fantastic to visit beautiful sites and to have them almost to ourselves. The joy of travelling in a country where tourism hasn't taken hold yet.
Michael T
The Whirling Dervishes at Khartoum was my favourite part of the trip
Ross P
It was very good. Itinerary was good, crew and guide were very professional
Damian M
The archaeological sites were the main attraction and did not disappoint. The visit to the Whirling Dervishes in Khartoum was brilliant -a must see.
David H
This was a trip I had my eye on for a long time ( via other Companies ) and was delighted when Dragoman started to offer the route. Timings do mean you really need an extra day to make sure you can cover Khartoum in depth.
GARY H
Had a great time - and despite this being the first time the leaders had done the trip they did an amazing job of getting us everywhere we were meant to be!
Sharon N
Enjoyed most the pyramids at Meroe and the Whirling Dervishes.....and of course Bush Camping!
Sharon N
It is a brilliant way to travel. It was a journey of discovery for everyone on the trip and I liked that. No-one had been to Sudan before. The most special moment for me was the dawn crossing of the Nile from Wawa and watching the rising sun change the colours of the stone Temple of Solab
Angela M
Pre departure support was excellent. Really appreciated the visa support and assistance at Khartoum airport.
Kirsten T
It was great.
Hollie S