Small Group Tour: The Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

What we came up with

Sudan is home to more pyramids than Egypt but receives a fraction of the tourists, earning its place on the 'must explore' list for any history aficionados. Historic rivalry between the Nubians and the ancient Egyptians resulted in much death and destruction, but also the construction of some of antiquities finest cities and temples. Sudan is a site of confluence, where the two Niles merge, and African and Arabian cultures entwine, offering the intrepid traveller a rich cultural and historical travel experience.

This cultural tour to Sudan takes in the best of the ancient cities and desert landscapes at a leisurely pace, where possible staying in hotels for two or three nights before moving on. There is plenty of time for soaking up the sights, smells and sounds on this Reign of the Black Pharaoh's tour, accompanied by Amelia, along with a dedicated archaeology guide. Spend three nights at the Meroe Safari camp overlooking the Royal Necropolis, explore the UNESCO heritage site of Jebel Barkal, visit the bustling market at Omdurman and enjoy the hospitality of strangers with a cup of spiced tea in Nubian Villages during this Sudan tour.

— Lucy, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Khartoum/ Cataract/ Meroe - 3 Days

Depart the UK and arrive into Khartoum, visit the Archaeological Museum and stay overnight in a holiday villa. The next day visit the Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan, and the Mahdi's Tomb and Khalifa's House Museum. Start the journey northward to the 6th Cataract and a cruise along the Nile. Arrive at the Meroe Camp and watch the sun set over the pyramids before resting your head for the night.

  • Meroe - 2 Days

Explore the Royal necropolis of Meroe and then further visits along the Nile to the royal city. The excavations confirm that the town of Meroe used to cover a large area and the royal city was located in a central position, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall. Overnight Meroe Camp. Visit the Naga which is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period. Then onto the temple of Amon with man statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. Head onto Mussawarat, located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Picnic in the area and stop at the town of Shendi to visit the colourful market. Back to Meroe Camp.

  • Karima - 1 Day

Depart Meroe for the Bayuda desert, an area bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and 6th Cataract and characterised by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. Overnight Karima resthouse.

Jebel Barkal - 1 Day = Visit Jebel Barkal dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron, Amon. Then to the village of El Kurru where there is one of the necropolises of the ancient capital, Napata. Return to Karima and overnight.

  • Old Dongola - 1 Day

Visit Old Dongola to see the remains of the Christian Coptic temple with marble columns as well as several ruins of churches situated on the banks of the Nile. This area is the central part of the Nile. This are is the central part of the Nubian region. Some houses in the Nubian Villages are painted and decorated with colourful patterns and flowers. Picnic in the area. In the evening retun to the Nubian Rest House in Karima to overnight.

  • Omdurmau - 1 Day

Drive south across the Western Desert stopping for lunch in a simple "chai house". Reach Omdurman to visit the largest market in the country then back to Khartoum and stay overnight.

  • Khartoum - 1 Day

Transfer back to the airport for the flight home.

A rough idea of price

Price includes: Tour guide to accompany, international flights, all accommodation, meals - full board (apart from lunch on day 1, and dinner on day 2), mineral water outside Khartoum, transport in Toyota Land Cruisers, English Speaking Archaeological Guide. Price excludes: Soft drinks, personal expenses, Sudan entry Visa and visa authorisation, tips, video camera permits at the archaeological sites (at the moment $10 per site per video camera).

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

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