Trekking in Sudan

A trekking itinerary through Sudan, visiting the main sites of the country but with the addition of trekking routes that enrich the experience and will let you discover unique places of Sudan.

15 days
Oct-Apr
all accommodated

The services include:

  • Meeting at airport and private transfer to hotel
  • 3 O/N + day-use at Acropole Hotel (3***) or similar in Khartoum in BB (possible upgrade at 4 or 5***** hotel in Khartoum upon request)
  • 1 O/N in a special preset camp in Sudan in Tombos with shared facilities in FB
  • 2 O/N at the Nubian Rest House in Karima in FB
  • 2 O/N at the Meroe Camp in FB
  • 5 O/N in wild camps (igloo tent, rubber foam mattress) and a cook in charge of the meals
  • In Sudan transport with Toyota Land Cruisers (4 pax per car) or Toyota Hilux double cabin (3 pax per car guaranteed)
  • TL English speaking
  • Sudanese staff
  • mineral water outside Khartoum
  • meals as per itinerary
Day 1 / Khartoum - arrival

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Dinner NOT included and overnight stay.

Unterkunft
Khartoum - hotel of your choice
Day 2 / Khartoum

Half day city tour. In the afternoon we take a boat ride on the Nile to see the confluence of the rivers, and then we go to see the Dervish ceremony (on Fridays only).

Unterkunft
Khartoum - hotel of your choice
Highlights
Day 3 / Khartoum- Western Desert- Old Dongola

Today we begin the journey northward through the Western Desert. We travel for about 200 km on asphalt road in a flat desert where the view can span 360° around. We keep traveling until we reach the archaeological site of Old Dongola. Here there are the rest of a Christian Coptic church with marble columns as well as several suggestive ruins of other churches and the village situated on the banks of the Nile.

Unterkunft
Wild Camp
Highlights
Day 4 / Old Dongola- Nubian Village

Breakfast at the camp then we drive a bit further north until we start our trekking in the Nubian villages where the houses are nestled between sand dunes and palm trees. Here we make some walks.

Unterkunft
Wild camp
Day 5 / Nubian Village- Third cateract- Wadi Sebu- Tombos

Today we reach the central part of the Nubian region. Here the population lives in small villages amongst yellow sand dunes and palm trees they speak a different language from the Arabs and also the Islamic religion is not as „strict“ as in other regions. The women don’t cover their faces and readily speak to foreigners. Some houses in the Nubian Villages have very interesting painted doors. We than reach the Nile again near the Third Cataract, one of the obstacles that the ancient Egyptian had to cross on their way up along the Nile.Then we move to wadi Sebu, right on the river bank of the Nile it is possible to visit one of the richest sites of rock engraving of all Sudan with hundreds of images from prehistoric to Egyptian times. Arrival in the late afternoon in Tombos.

Unterkunft
Preset Camp in Tombos
Day 6 / Tombos- Soleb Temple- Dongola- Karima

This morning we visit the ancient querries of Tombos and the „sleepy Pharaoh“. We then drive north to cross the Nile on a ferry boat and enter the Western desert. We visit the Temple of Soleb, the most beautiful Egyptian temple of all Sudan, testimony of the New Kingdom in Nubia, with many walls rich in hieroglyphic inscriptions, bas-relief figures and many columns. We then reach the town of Dongola, on the Nile, the most important settlement of North Sudan and before sunset we reach Karima.

 

Unterkunft
Nubian Rest House Karima
Highlights
Day 7 / Karima- Jebel Barkal- Necropolis of El Kurru- Jebel Barkal

Landmark in the Nubian Desert, Jebel Barkal („Jebel“ means mountain in Arabic) can be seen from a far away whilst still in the open desert.  Amon’s ancient „Pure Mountain“, the Olympus of the Nubians, was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1000 years. Besides the ruins of the big temple there are still several sculptured granite rams that were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the pier on the Nile.  Jebel Barkal archaeological sites are on the World Heritage list. In the afternoon we move southwards to the village of El Kurru where there is one of the necropolises of the ancient capital, Napata. Here we can visit one tomb, which is excavated in the rock under pyramids – partially collapsed – and it is totally decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. Not far from here there is an interesting site of petrified wood, an ancient forest with hundreds of huge trunks. Sunset at Jebel Barkal.

Unterkunft
Nubian Rest House Karima
Highlights
Day 8 / Karima- Nuri Necropolis- Jebel Atrun

After breakfast we start our journey crossing the Nile and visiting the Nuri Pyramids. We then enter the Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and characterized by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. They alternate with level pebble stretches and large valleys crossed by dry wadis, where little vegetation can be seen. It is very likely to meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells, with their caravans and herds of camels and cattle. Just in the center of the Bayuda Desert we reach Atrun Crater, where nomads gather salt from the edge of a green colored pool. They will then sell it to markets of the towns outside the desert.

 

Unterkunft
Wild Camp
Highlights
Day 9 / Osh Al Dalan- Jebel Atrun- Meroe

After breakfast, we set off from our camp in Osh Al Dalan (volcanic area) and walk half day to Atrun Crater. We then continue our desert crossing to reach the Nile River and we cross it on an old ferry boat (Ponton). Once on the other side we drive a short distance till we can glance at more than 40 pyramids, located on top of a hill, some of them perfectly preserved, which belong to the Royal Necropolis of Meroe.

Unterkunft
Meroe Camp
Day 10 / Meroe

This morning we set off on a full day trekking with friendly camels and cameleers in the amazing desert in the Meroe pyramids area.

We start the day with the visit at the pyramids with the perfect easterly light which will allow us to take great photos, we then continue with a full day trekking in the desert.

 

Unterkunft
Meroe camp
Highlights
Day 11 / Meroe- Shendi- Mussawarat Es Sufra

In the morning we say good bye to the Pyramids of Meroe, after 50 km we leave the main road to visit the colourful market of Shendi. We then continue our journey to reach Mussawarat El Sufra. This settlement is located in a a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Here the ruins of a very big temple are visible; it once played an exceptional important role. Its main characteristic, the “Great Enclosure” is made by many constructions and boundary walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century A.D. The large number of elephants represented on these walls makes you think that this animal used to have an important role in this area. Beyond the big wadi there is another temple – restored by a German archaeological mission – dedicated to the god Apedemak.

Unterkunft
Wild Camp
Highlights
Day 12 / Mussawarat Es Sufra- Naga

This morning we set off on a full day trekking between the sites of Mussawarat and Naga.

Unterkunft
Wild Camp
Day 13 / Naga- 6th Cateract- Khartoum

After breakfast in camp, we return to the main road and we continue toward South. We tale a detour to see the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract. We are in the Sabaloka Gorge that are the rapids of the 6th Cateract. Boat ride on the Nile. Picnic lunch and then in the afternoon we reach Khartoum.

Unterkunft
Khartoum - hotel of your choice
Day 14 / Khartoum- Khalifa's House Muesum and Mahdi's Tomb- Khartoum

This morning we drive to Omdurman to see the Khalifa’s house Museum (reopened on 28 Mar 2020) and the Mahadi’s Tomb. We shall also visit Omdurman Market.

In the afternoon, at sunset time, we drive to Khartoum North to see the traditional Nuba Wrestling (only on Fridays, Sat and Wed).

 

Unterkunft
Khartoum - hotel of your choice
Day 15 / departure

Transfer to the airport by private vehicle