Day 3: Meroe – Mussawarat and Naga – Khartoum
After breakfast at the camp, departure through Naga and Mussawaratt, archaeological jewels of the Meroitic Empire. Visit to to Mussawarat, a settlement located in 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. Half an hour far from Mussawaratt, there is the amazing site of Naga. In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century a.D.): a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion’s head, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several ritual images. A few metres away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named “kiosk”, in which we can notice Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles, all at the same time. Optional lunch box from Meroe Camp. Journey back to Khartoum and drop off at your accommodation.