This tour is one for the very few! A challenge of stamina with amazing rewards as it will take you through the most unique sceneries and cultures of Africa. From the famed land of Socotra, going through the chalk and quartz formations of Egypt, the incredible necropolis of Sudan, the unclaimed land of Bir Tawil and the incredible tribes of South Sudan.
We will officially be taking advantage of the new flights going from Cairo into Socotra, stopping by Seiyun in Yemen.
Located between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula where the Arabian Sea meets the Indian Ocean, Socotra is an ecological wonder. Alien landforms sit above beautiful beaches, and the archipelago is home to a diverse and often unique flora and fauna. Whether it’s coming to a new and inaccessible country, or exploring an ecological paradise, Socotra is a place for everyone.
The tour will take us all around the island to take as many of the sights as possible as we will stay there for a week before we head back to Cairo and spend a week seeing its unseen corners as well as the White Desert.
We’ll be exploring the City of the Dead – an impressive neighbourhood composed of old buildings which have been now occupied by the poorer classes of the country. A frenetic hustle and bustle amongst ruins. Then we will head out to the Garbage City – a slum neighborhood of the capital literally overrun by trash, an easily overlooked side of our urban, globalised planet. A trip to Egypt has to take in some pyramids of course so we will take you to the bent pyramid and the red pyramid as well as the pyramid of Djoser which are seen much less and will leave us much more space for exploration.
Then, it will be time to start our exploration of the Sudans exploring ruins of former glorious empires, including the Christian Kingdom of Makuria, the Necropolis of Napata and the pyramids of Meroe in Sudan and then with our own transportation and food, we will head north, towards the Sudan-Egypt border — crossing not via road but directly through the depths of the deserts, with only the tyre tracks of other vehicles to mark our path.
Our trip then takes us to Sudan starts with a full tour of the strange boom-town capital that is Juba. We will leave the city to then visit the Mundari, the Lotuko, the Dinka and the Boya people.Each of them with their culture and traditions like nothing else on this quickly globalising and standardising world.
The flight between each countries is not included in the price of the tour in order to allow maximum flexibility. If you would like us to book it for you, mention it while booking to know our prices!
Due to the infrastructural limitations of South Sudan, we can only have 12 people on that part of the trip. The good news is that if you book this combo, you have the ultimate priority!
Please note that bookings for this tour will close 90 days before the tour in order for us to have time to get the necessary permits in Sudan and South Sudan.
50% of the tour fee should be paid up to 90 days before the tour and the remainder paid no less than 30 days before the tour
Such a trailblazing tour in first, a far-way land where no one lives and then the world’s youngest country where tourism is basically inexistent comes with its lot of unexpected changes and cannot realistically be done with the highest standards of comforts. This is a trip for the most hardened travellers. A great degree of open-mindedness and flexibility is required to partake in this trip, which is why we offer it first to you, our most valued pioneers!
Tuesday 15th October – Cairo
Wednesday 16th October – Habido/Ayhaft Canyon National Park/Delisha Beach
Thursday 17th October – Homhil National Park/Arher
Friday 18th October – Arher/Hoq’s Cave/Raw Ersil /Dihamri Marine Protected Area
Saturday 19th October – Dixsam
Sunday 20th October –Zahek & Hayf/Dagub/Amak
Monday 21st October – Qalansiya/Shuaab
Tuesday 22nd October – Hadibo
Wednesday 23rd October – Habido/Cairo (Egypt)
Thursday 24 October – Cairo Suburbs
Friday 25th October – White Desert
Saturday 26th October – White Desert
Sunday 27th October – Cairo/Khartoum
Monday 28th October – Khartoum/Omdurman
Tuesday 29th October – Khartoum/Old Dongola/Kerma
Wednesday 30th October – Tombus/Soleb
Thursday 31st October – Soleb/Karima
Friday 1st November Nuri/Meroe
Saturday 2nd November Meroe/Khartoum
Sunday 3rd November/Khartoum
Monday 4th November – Bir Tawil
Tuesday 5th November – Bir Tawil
Wednesday 6th November – Abu Hamad
Thursday 7th November – Khartoum
Friday 8th November – Khartoum/Juba
*For safety reasons, we chose not to make the South Sudan part of this itinerary public. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the detailed itinerary*
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– Entry fees to protected areas
– Accommodation in Socotra: hotels & camping in protected areas
– Camping & cooking equipment
– Transportation to complete itinerary in Socotra
– Local tour guide and YPT tour guide
– All meals in Socotra
– Activities (unless specified otherwise)
-Accommodation based on twin-share basis in Cairo
-Camping equipment in the White Desert
-Transportation in an AC-van as per itinerary
-Local guide and YPT guide
-Breakfasts and lunches
-Meals and water in the White Desert
– Hotel accommodation in Khartoum at 3 stars bed & breakfast bases
– Accommodation outside Khartoum as per program and based on full-board.
– transport in AC 4WD cars 3 persons in a car
– Local english speaking guide and YPT guide
– Entrance fees
– Passport registration
– Photo permit and tour permit
– Mineral water
– Invitation letter for visa purpose
– Accommodation in twin share basis in Khartoum
– Camping equipment outside of Khartoum
– Breakfasts in Khartoum
– All meals outside of Khartoum
– Letter of Invitation and visa support for Sudan
– All transport by 4WD
– Entrance Fees
– English Speaking local guide and YPT Western Guide
– Photo permit and tour permit
– Transportation to complete the itinerary
– Guide fees
– Accommodation on a twin-share basis (hotels & camping)
– Entry Permit (for visa on arrival) and all required permits for travel
– Roundtrip Flight between Cairo and Socotra (+- €1150 )
– Visa Fee (€100)
– Travel Insurance
– Single Supplement (3 nights €120)
– International flights to and from Cairo
-Tips for the local guide and drivers
Visa fees ($25 for most nationalities)
Single supplement (€100 valid for the 3 nights in Cairo)
Dinners in Cairo
-Flights in and out of Khartoum
-Visa application fees （YPT can assist you with the process)
-Lunch and Dinner in Khartoum
-Tips for local guides and drivers
-Drinks and souvenirs
– International transportation
– Visa fees
– Meals in Khartoum
– Travel insurance
– Tips for local guides and drivers
– Personal spendings
– Visa fees (100 USD)
– Single supplement ($240)
– Travel insurance (compulsory)
– Personal spendings
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.