Uncover Sudan’s wealth of archaeological treasures: Nubian pyramids, Kushite temples and crumbling cemeteries – all engulfed by the golden sands of the eastern Sahara. Encounter the traditional Nubian culture of this remote region and explore ancient desert ruins, harking back to Nubia’s long-forgotten heyday.
- Camp in comfort, amongst the sands of the Sahara, close to the black pyramids of Meroe
- Admire the revered Jebel Barkal, once an important landmark for desert caravans
- Embrace the oasis atmosphere of Karima and the quiet serenity of the nearby Kushite cemeteries
- Explore the ancient cities Naqa and Mussarawat – impressive remains of a once-great civilisation
Begin this Nubian odyssey in Khartoum, but quickly leave behind Arab-dominated culture and raucous city life for the sandy Sudanese interior. Cross the endless desert towards the iconic Nubian pyramids of the ancient Kushite royal city of Meroe. Camp in comfort amongst the sand dunes of the Nubian Desert, with the jagged-tooth pyramids of Meroe silhouetted against the dusty horizon. From here, explore the isolated desert temples of Naqa and Musawwarat, once great Kushite cities and now impressive tributes to a forgotten civilisation.
Escape this harsh landscape for the Nubian town of Karima – a precious oasis for weary travellers. Stay in the relaxing Nubian Rest House, characterised by its traditional dome roofs. Set out into the desert to visit the myriad of impressive sites that litter the sands. Discover the crumbling temples of Napata, lying at the foot of the Jebel Barkal, as well as the royal Kushite cemetery of El Kurru. Finish with a visit to the markets of Karima, a cruise on the waters of the Nile and a final trip to the black pyramids of Nuri.
Why we like it
This journey explores a part of Africa that is rich in ancient treasures, uncovering magnificent sites that lie untouched in an oft-overlooked area of the world. Nestled amidst the sands of the eastern Sahara Desert, the ancient region of Nubia lies forgotten.
Once home to the mighty Kingdom of Kush, this barren area flourished for over 1,000 years, reliant on the invaluable waters of the colossal Nile. As the Kushite dynasty crumbled, its treasures became lost amongst the vast expanses of the Nubian Desert. They now lie beside earlier Egyptian relics – similarly engulfed by the desert’s sand and solitude, abandoned to the elements.
Fixed departure dates
This trip also operates on a group basis, departing at several times during the year. Departure dates include:
- 8th March 2019
- 22nd March 2019
- 5th April 2019
- 11th April 2019
- 16th April 2019
We are also able to offer some alternative trips in the desert, including the Red Sea, and we can offer a trip from Egypt to Khartoum.
A 16-day trip to the western desert and the Nile Valley, starting in Khartoum, departs on these dates:
A 15-day tour from Aswan in Egypt, cruising on Lake Nasser, journey along the Nile including Karima and Meroe departs on 14th October 2018.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.