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Sudan: Desert Trekking Journey

Whilst any visit to Sudan, and its historical remnants of The Kingdom of Kush, is in itself a rare journey, and one that few people experience, we intend to do so whilst further exploring the lifestyles of some few remaining desert nomads that call this area home, namely The Bisharin nomads of The Bayuda Desert.

During this expedition, we will blend the use of 4WD vehicles and the opportunity to trek through The Bayuda Desert and Western Deserts, camping among The Bisharin along the way. By using a mix of 4WD vehicles and trekking routes during this expedition, we are able to explore the breadth of what Sudan has to offer, whilst at the same time enjoying the pace of life on foot, camping under the stars in a style that only the empty desert can offer.

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8 Guests


12 Days


ABTOT 5409





Your Daily Itinerary

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Pickup in Khartoum

You will be met upon your arrival in Khartoum’s International Airport and transferred to your hotel in the city’s downtown. Gathering in the hotel in the early, for a briefing of the journey ahead and to enjoy a meal together.

  • Dinner in your hotel
  • Accommodation in the Acropole Hotel, Khartoum

Wild Camp in The Western Desert

Early this morning, we begin the journey northward through the Western Desert. Travelling for about 200 km on asphalt road in a flat desert where the view can span 360° around. We will stop at a chai house before we leave the road and we find a suitable site to establish camp in the desert.

  • Breakfast in our hotel, lunch, dinner at camp or local resthouses
  • Accommodation in a simple lightweight camp

Ancient Capital of Napata

Leaving the lush banks of The River Nile, we will make a short desert crossing by road, heading east to Karima, the ancient Cushite capital, then known as Napata. The main centre of the Cushite Kingdom was in Napata and the big Temple of Amun at the base of the holy mountains Jebel Barkal was the centre of the worshipping of the god.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in your rest house
  • Accommodation in Karima Nubian Resthouse

Wild Camp in The Bayuda Desert

Once again departing the relative comforts of The River Nile, we now make our way further east again this time to the stark and unforgiving landscape of The Bayuda Desert. A largely stony desert, quite opposed to the rolling sand dunes many expect from a desert landscape, sleeping under the stars of the desert here is a precious experience indeed.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in lightweight tented camp

The Pyramids of Meroe

After bidding farewell to The Bayuda we link up again with The Nile, which we will cross by loading the vehicles onto a small pontoon to cross the river itself. Upon arriving at the eastern bank of the river, we will turn towards the south, to the famed pyramids of Meroe.

  • Breakfast lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in Meroe Camp

Desert Trek from Mussawarat Es Sufra to Naga

We leave the pyramids of Meroe behind us, heading for Mussawarat El Sufra. The following day we will depart very early in the morning, and hike approximately 20kms to the ancient site of Naga, an ancient Cushitic city.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Wild Camp in the desert


Approaching our journey’s end, we will now continue heading south and back to the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum. The road is well constructed and refreshingly comfortable, given some of the terrain we have covered during the preceding days.

  • Breakfast in camp, snack lunches on the road and dinner in your hotel
  • Accommodation in the Acropole Hotel, Khartoum

Depart Khartoum

Today we will ensure that everybody is checked in for their return flights before heading home.

  • Breakfast in your hotel
  • No accommodation is included on this day

Limited To 8 Guests

Book Now! This is a limited expedition, and with some guests booking for themselves and a partner, it will sell out quickly.

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Some of the amazing things you’ll experience

Meet Your Guide

This trip will be guided by Hameed Ali. After studying in the Arabic Faculty of Art Omdurman Ahlia University, Hameed spent four summers in Europe to further his studies.

Upon returning to his native Sudan, Hameed put his education to use in becoming one of the country’s leading tour guides to the historic sites of Sudan.

“I’m proud to be a Sudanese in a position to explain and demonstrate the rich history of my country to the visitors coming from all over the world. Sudan has such a rich and interesting history, ethnic and cultural diversity which developed along the Nile valley starting from the ancient times and forming the kingdoms and civilizations that subsequently flourished across Nubia”


Departure Dates

Due to demand we now offer various dates

30 November to 11 December 2023

$6,327.00£5,501.00 per person

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We don't normally use tour operators, but in this case we were delighted to have the organisation done for us. This was truly one of the best trips we have taken, and are already planning our next. Paul's attention to detail ensured our trip was everything we had hoped for, and more, not overly rushed with enough time to relax between sites, some of the best guiding we have experienced anywhere.

Mr Randall Edwards

London, UK