With a deep history all but buried in swathes of sand, Sudan quietly offers a wealth of wonder barely discovered by the modern world. Sudan has been independent of South Sudan since July 2011 and is safe and politically stable, yet still, few people travel here. Those that do make the journey are richly rewarded with captivating history, diverse tribal and Arabic culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet, not to mention a complete lack of any other tourists or the inevitable commercialisation that follows such crowds.
Ancient civilisations certainly made their mark on Sudan. There are many more pyramids here than in Egypt and they’re quieter, more remote and arguably
more beautiful. Watching the sun rise over the red, wind-sculpted sand dunes that surround the ‘lost citiy’ of Meroe, with no modern references and
not a tourist in sight, you’ll be transported 2000 years back in time. Sai Island boasts Egyptian temples, Christian churches and a Turkish fort while
the small village of Tombos still bears the old granite quarries of the Black Pharaohs dynasty, complete with a whole statue of king Tahrqa simply
abandoned 2700 years ago. The Bayuda Desert and the Nubain Desert, separated only by the Nile Valley, stand in stark geological contrast to one another
and in the largely flat and featureless Libyan Desert, the Jebel Uweinat mountain stands proud and alone, supporting a rare collection of vegetation
and wildlife. The Blue and White Nile meet in Khartoum, surging through a number of dramatic cataracts to forge the Nile’s way across the desert to
Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.
Sudan is an enigmatic land of dusty outposts, forgotten civilisations and nomadic people - an enchanting destination which has mystified and delighted travellers for centuries.
Why we like it
- More pyramids than Egypt - and no crowds!
- Lost cities and ancient civilisations
- Nomdic people & Nubian villages
- The Nile Cataracts
- Way off the beaten track