Meroe and its Treasures

If you only have 48h in Sudan, take the opportunity to visit the wonderful Pyramids of Meroe only few hours away from Khartoum and spend one night in our charming Meroe Camp overlooking the pyramids

2 days
Oct-Apr
all accommodated

Possible departures every day

 

Services included:
–    1 overnight at Meroe Camp in full board
–    transport with Toyota Land Cruisers (4 pax per car) OR Toyota   Hilux double cabin (3 pax per car) with drivers outside Khartoum
–    meals as per itinerary (B.L.D.)
–    mineral water while on tour
–    English speaking guide (quoted separately and upon availability)

Day 1: Khartoum – Naga and Mussawarat - Meroe

Pick up from your hotel in Khartoum and then we begin our journey northward to visit two wonderful archaeological sites. The site of Naga is located about 30 km to the east of the Nile and it is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period.  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. Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. We then go to Mussawarat, not far away from Naga. This settlement is 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.  Beyond the big wadi there is another temple – restored by a German archaeological mission – dedicated to the god Apedemak. Picnic in the area and in the late afternoon arrival at the Permanent Tented Camp of Meroe with a beautiful view into the pyramids. Accommodation in comfortable and fully furnished tents, dinner and overnight stay.

Meal plan
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner at Meroe Camp
Accommodation
Meroe Camp
Day 2: Meroe - visit of the necropolis and return to Khartoum

The Royal necropolis of Meroe is located at about 3 km from the Nile on some hills covered by yellow sand dunes.  Several pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Each one has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the King’s life and offers to the gods. Lunch at Meroe Camp. In the afternoon return towards Khartoum. Drop off at your hotel. Dinner NOT included

Meal plan
  • Lunch at Meroe Camp
  • Dinner NOT included
Highlights