Limited Expedition:

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.

  • Days: 12    Limited: 8 Guests    Prices: From $5,487.00£3,967.00

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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.

We will gather in the hotel early this evening, for a briefing of the expedition ahead and to enjoy a meal together. Choosing to spend more time exploring Khartoum upon our return from the desert.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • Dinner in your hotel
  • Accommodation in the Acropole Hotel, Khartoum

Wild Camp in The Western Desert

Late in the 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.

We then continue westward in 4WD’s through the desert passing through Wadi El Milk, where we find many acacia trees and sometimes Bisharin nomad settlements around the few water wells. We reach a mysterious fortress in the middle of the desert, Gala Abu Hamed, before continuing north and setting up camp alongside a desert oasis.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • 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.

Whilst staying in Karima, we will have the opportunity to climb the mountain known as Jebel Barkal, and enjoy a sunset over The River Nile. There are few sights more stunning in all of Africa. Additionally, we can visit the ancient tomb of El Kurru, richly decorated in painted images of the pharaohs, which we will explore by torchlight alone.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • 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 begin our three days travelling on foot, through 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.

The centre of the desert is characterised by various black cone-shaped formations from long passed volcanic eruptions, one such feature being the Atrun Crater, where The Bisharin nomads often gather whilst harvesting its precious salt deposits. As we make our crossing through the desert, we expect to encounter several such nomadic groups who live in small familiar clans in tents or huts built with dry wood branches, setting up our camp among them if appropriate.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in lightweight tented camp

The Pyramids of Meroe

After bidding farewell to our camel train, we will re-join with our team of 4wd’s as we exit The Bayuda and 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.

Despite being the most popular attraction in Sudan, the necropolis of Meroe is largely unknown to most people. Several pyramids, some sympathetically restored, rise from the desert floor and pierce the blue sky. Constructed around the 3rd century BC, these structures market a lessening of the connection with Egypt, and the development of a stronger indigenous identity, and are considered the icon of a new era for the Cushite Kingdom.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in Meroe Camp

Desert Trek from Mussawarat Es Sufra to Naga

Using the 4wd vehicles, we will leave the pyramids of Mero behind us, and make our way toward the ancient settlement of Mussawarat El Sufra, nestled in a low valley and containing the ruins of an ancient temple. Explore the “Great Enclosure” with your guide, which will illustrate the significance of this site to the ancient kingdom of Kush. We will then establish a campsite nearby and prepare dinner, with some opportunities to walk through the surrounding desert landscape.

The following day we will depart very early in the morning, in a bid to avoid walking in the desert heat, and hike approximately 20kms to the ancient site of Naga, an ancient Cushitic city, where a number of key archaeological sites remain in good condition for us to explore.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Wild Camp in the desert

Khartoum

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.

As we arrive, we will enquire as to the possibility of seeing a Dervish ceremony, before relaxing at our hotel, as we join together for our final dinner.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • 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.

 

  • Guided by Hameed Ali
  • Breakfast in your hotel
  • No accommodation is included on this day

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Highlights

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

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23 November to 4 December 2022

$5,487.00£3,967.00 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

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