Saharan Gems of Sudan & the Kush

Khartoum - Khartoum

8 days through Sudan
FROM: $1690 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Accom:
Basic Hotel 2 nights
Camping without facilities 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 7, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 5
Physical:
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Code:
ZKH
Deposit:
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

As a destination, Sudan is so often overlooked but to journey through the beautiful Nubian desert is a wonderful experience. Clustered along the banks of the Nile, are some of the greatest sites of antiquity. They may not rival Luxor or Abu Simbel in grandeur and scale, but in sheer, artistic beauty and isolation, they are second to none. The petit temples of Naga and Musawwarat are simply lovely, and the experience of camping under the stars in the wilds of the desert behind the Pyramids of Meroe is serene. Add in a boat trip across the Nile to the Temple Of Sulb, with its towering columns and you get a true sense of what is hidden in the Sudanese Sahara. Khartoum, sits on the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, and across the river from the city in the plains of Omdurman, where we have the rare chance to witness the bizarre dances of the Whirling Dervish. This a raw and highly vital street display by Sufi devotees.

Explore Khartoum & the historic Omdurman market
Explore the mediaval ruins of Dongola
Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site
Visit Kushite temples and climb Jebel Barkal mountain
Visit to the Meroe pryamids and temples of Naqa and Musawwarat
Visit the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids
Witness the wild antics of the Omdurman Whirling Dervish

A journey through the wilds of the Sudanese Sahara, with plenty of wild camping, small homestay hostels and city hotels. Ideal for those who want to see seldom visited sites. Sudanese Arabs are wonderfully welcoming and if you enjoy cultural interaction, this is a perfect trip. Do not expect too many home comforts.

Explore the curious medieval ruins of Old Dongola in the western deserts of Sudan

Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa a 5500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation

Explore the ruins of the Temple of Soleb

Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain

Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri near Karima

Day 1 - Khartoum (25th December 2021)

Border Information: if joining in Khartoum, you will most likely enter Sudan at Khartoum International Airport (IATA code: KRT).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am - please look for a note from your leader at the hotel reception when you arrive with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to collect your passport in order to get everyone's visas registered today.

The rest of the day will be free to independently explore Khartoum, including possible optional visits to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Khartoum before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Khartoum.


Accommodation: Basic Hotel


Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

Visit: 15 USD

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

Visit: Free

Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum

Entrance Presidential Palace Museum: Free

Entrance Ethnographic Museum: 1,000 SDG

Entrance National Museum: 1,000 SDG

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Visit: Free

Day 2 - Dongola (26th December 2021)
Day 3 - Dongola (27th December 2021)
Day 4 - Karima (28th December 2021)
Day 5 - Meroe (29th December 2021)
Day 6 - Musawwarat (30th December 2021)
Day 7 - Khartoum (31st December 2021)
Day 8 - Khartoum - End Date (1st January 2022)

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19 Mar 22 Khartoum
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Ross P

The Whirling Dervishes at Khartoum was my favourite part of the trip

Paul B

A Drago' truck is always a great way to travel and given the size of the Sudan, it is probably the best way to see and experience this amazing country.

Andrea W

The sights of Sudan are amazing and made the uncomfortable bits of the trip more bearable. The tour group are great morale boosters

Kerryn D

Bush camping was wonderful.

Robert K

The two leaders were the best! Always ready to answer questions, regardless of how many times the same questions were asked by others lol. Patient, always going out of their way to make sure everyone was comfortable. Professional, they always gave good information. I highly recommend them! One of the reasons I've traveled with Dragoman maybe 10 times. I'm looking forward to my next trip already!

David M

I normally travel on my own and was therefore apprehensive about travelling with a group. Two points I would make. Firstly I enjoyed it immensely. Secondly it was not a trip that would not have been easy to replicate solo.

Edwin Peter W

Have usually travelled independently before so didn't know what to expect. The trip was brilliant, thanks to the crew who seemed more like wise and knowledgeable friends than mere tour leaders. I would like to thank them for their hard work and patience.

VICENTE F

It all went really well, way better than I could have expected.

Richard D

This was my first overland trip so wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I enjoyed the cross mix of people plus the fascinating country and the sites visited.

Myrtle R

The lack of other tourists - to view the pyramids and temples against the desert with the wind adding to the loneliness is quite spectacular

GARY H

This was a trip I had my eye on for a long time ( via other Companies ) and was delighted when Dragoman started to offer the route. Timings do mean you really need an extra day to make sure you can cover Khartoum in depth.

Michael T

Fantastic to visit beautiful sites and to have them almost to ourselves. The joy of travelling in a country where tourism hasn't taken hold yet.

Veronica L

Amazing!

David H

The archaeological sites were the main attraction and did not disappoint. The visit to the Whirling Dervishes in Khartoum was brilliant -a must see.

Damian M

It was very good. Itinerary was good, crew and guide were very professional

Sharon N

Had a great time - and despite this being the first time the leaders had done the trip they did an amazing job of getting us everywhere we were meant to be!

Kirsten T

Pre departure support was excellent. Really appreciated the visa support and assistance at Khartoum airport.

Angela M

It is a brilliant way to travel. It was a journey of discovery for everyone on the trip and I liked that. No-one had been to Sudan before. The most special moment for me was the dawn crossing of the Nile from Wawa and watching the rising sun change the colours of the stone Temple of Solab

Hollie S

It was great.