What a shame that when many people think of the world’s great archaeological sites and ruins, so few consider North Africa. Discover the remnants of great empires among the desert, from the Nubian pyramids and tombs etched with Meroitic symbols to the 3300-year-old temple at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Experience powerful history in museums, ancient cities and necropolises, and encounter modern Sudan in souks, chai houses and perhaps a Bisharin nomad camp. Along the way, be awed by the welcome and hospitality of the Sudanese people.
- See the pyramids of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe rising from undulating dunes, then spend the night at a furnished, permanent camp in view of these Nubian wonders.
- Get a glimpse of life in the time of the Pharaohs in Naga’s temple complex, marvelling at the detail still visible in etchings carved almost 2000 years ago.
- Watch a unique Sudanese form of wrestling called nuba in a match at a small stadium, mingling with local spectators as two young men grapple and battle with sticks.
- Connect with Sudanese locals throughout your journey, from a unique rest stop with a family who live in the Bayuda Desert to a traditional henna ceremony.
- Watch an incredible display of faith and celebration as whirling dervishes from the Sufi community twirl, dance and worship outside the tomb of Hamed el-Nil at sunset.