Join YPT for the ultimate Sudan experience! Visit the unknown land that is Sudan, with its magnificent yet very seldom visited pyramids. We’ll head back to civilization in Khartoum before boarding a flight taking us to Sudan’s breakaway offspring: South Sudan.There, we’ll be hanging out with Mundari herders, mingling with Dinkas and chilling with the Lotuko people!
During this tour, we will visit the capital city, Khartoum, and its numerous temples. We will then cross the white Nile and visit the second-biggest city, Omdurman, where we will explore the recent history of the country and the mahdist state which ruled before colonization by the British.
We will then leave the cities in our hired 4WD cars to explore ruins of former glorious empires, including the Christian Kingdom of Makuria, the Necropolis of Napata and last but definitely not least, the pyramids of Meroe. While the pyramids in Egypt are now visited by thousands and thousands each years and can get very crowded, the pyramids of Meroe will be all ours! We shall camp right by them for a truly memorable night!
It will then be time for us to head back to civilization, towards Khartoum airport to catch our flight toward Sudan’s southern breakaway brother: South Sudan. This tour includes a direct flight on one of the very hard to book semi-chartered flights from Sudan to South Sudan, allowing us to avoid transferring in Addis.
Our trip there starts with a full tour of the strange boom-town capital that is Juba. We will take in its limited sites but also witness the full melting-pot of cultures that is South Sudan.
Our trip then takes us to the incredible Mundari tribes, herders who literally live in the wild in symbiosis with their cattle. They are unmistakable by the fact that they cover their whole body in chalk-like makeup, making them look like ghosts. After visiting the Mundari, we will encounter the Lotuko and Boya people. The Boya people are known for their beautiful scarification and piercings.
We finish our trip with a visit of the Dinka, which are a majority in South Sudan. The Dinka’s contribution to the struggle for independence was enormous, and here too we will spend a day mingling with them and truly seeing what their life is like.
Own arrival into Khartoum to be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to our hotel.
Meet at 8pm for a pre-tour group dinner and meet your fellow travelers.
Overnight in Khartoum.
Tuesday 3rd November – Khartoum & Omdurman
Up early for breakfast at hotel before we start the day with a city tour of the Sudanese capital city.
We’ll visit the national museum, which contains various objects dedicated to Nubian history. This Nubian area of the southern Nile was home of Africa’s earliest ancient civilization.
We’ll also take in the beautiful temples saved by UNESCO from lake Nassir and rebuilt entirely inside the museum.
Visit the Ethnographic museum. Sudan has 597 different ethnic groups that speak over 400 different languages and dialects, we’ll get a taste for the incredible diversity here.
Cross the White Nile for a trip to technically Sudan’s second largest city – Omdurman. We’ll have a short stop at the Mahdi tomb and tour around the Khalifa house museum. The house served as the HQ of the Mahdist state. This was a short-lived religious and political movement that ruled Sudan until the British reconquered in 1898.
Lunch stop in Omdurman.
Visit Omdurman’s beautifully colourful market before making our way back to Khartoum.
Dinner and overnight in Khartoum.
Wednesday 4th November – Khartoum/Old Dongola/Kerma
Very early morning breakfast before beginning our journey to Northern Sudan.
We travel 500km north of Khartoum. On the way we’ll stop at Old Dongola, the capital of the Christian kingdom of Makuria. Today it’s a deserted city with the population having moved downstream in the 19th century.
We move onto the cemetery of the Sofi holy men (lunch on the way).
Take the ferry across the Nile and drive for a further 40km arriving at Kerma, a 3800 B.C archeological site.
Overnight in a traditional Nubian house with a wonderful local feast.
Thursday 5th October Tombus – Soleb
Another early rise to visit the site of Tombus. Here there are many Egyptian inscriptions and a huge granite statue dedicated the famous black Pharaoh – Taharqa.
We continue 50km to the north where we stop to take in the amazing panoramic view of the rock art from the prehistoric period at Wadi Sebu.
Lunch stop at a local tea house.
Cross the Nile to its west bank and drive two hours up to Soleb; an ancient Nubian town home to a vast necropolis.
Dinner and overnight at a traditional Nubian house.
Friday 6th October Soleb – Karima
Today we head back south driving for 320km before reaching the city of Karima, the location of ancient Napata.
We visit the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal (Together with Napata, a UNESCO heritage site) and the numerous temples at the foot of Jebel Barkal.
Trick or treat! It couldn’t be a better time to visit Kurru, the royal necropolis of Napata. Here we go deep underneath the pyramid to see the amazing painted tomb of the black Pharaoh Tanutamani.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight at Merowe Tourist Village hotel.
Saturday 7th November Nuri- Meroe
Early morning visit to the nearby Nuri pyramids. There are over 60 burial places here.
We continue crossing though the Bayuda desert up to Meroe. We’ll pass through and stop at desert settlements before reaching the famous Meroe pyramids. A perfect setting to witness the sun go down.
TRIP HIGHLIGHT: Overnight camping in tents near the Pyramids!
Sunday 8th November Meroe – Khartoum
Rise and shine for an early morning visit to the royal city of Meroe.
Set off on an off-road/on-road adventure to visit Mussawart. This is a complex of temples dedicated the local god Apedamak – the lion god. This was the biggest construction in the history of Nubia.
After a local lunch we continue up to Naqa 20km from Mussawart. This was once a vital trading post between the Mediterranean world and Africa. It houses a wonderful collection of buildings dated to the first century AD.
Visit the Roman kiosk, which represents the intersection of various cultures both European and African.
Visit the Among temple.
Group A hits the road for Khartoum 150km from Naqa.
Dinner in Khartoum as we celebrate our crossing, tomorrow, into Sudan’s younger brother, South Sudan.
Overnight in Khartoum
Monday 9th November – Khartoum/Juba
This morning, we will catch our direct flights to South Sudan.
*For safety reasons, we chose not to make the South Sudan part of this itinerary public. Please send an email to email@example.com for the detailed itinerary*
– Transportation to complete the itinerary
– Meals when outside of cities
– YPT tour leader and local guides
– Accommodation on a twin-share basis (hotels & camping)
– Flight between Khartoum and Juba
– Entry permit (for visa on arrival) and all required
permits for travel
– Flights to reach and leave the tour
– Visa fees ($100 USD in each country)
– Single supplement (€400)
– Most meals
– Travel insurance (compulsory)
– Tips for local guides and drivers
– Personal spendings
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