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Hidden Treasures of Sudan with Richard Bangs

Ancient Pyramids, Khartoum & the Nile Valley

 

Join MT Sobek co-founder Richard Bangs on this spellbinding adventure that showcases the ancient wonders of Sudan - a country that boasts more pyramids than Egypt! Journey across breathtaking deserts, explore vibrant markets, experience the archeological treasures of the Nile Valley, meet local Nubian people, and sleep in a traditional home amidst sand dunes and palm trees. See Meroe's ancient pyramids, the royal necropolis at Napata, the tombs at El Kurru, and the age-old quarries at Tombos - plus the UNESCO-listed holy mountain of Jebel Barkal. Spend unforgettable nights at inviting desert camps and a state-of-the-art luxury hotel in Khartoum.

  • Marvel at the ancient pyramids of Meroe, the royal necropolis at Napata, and El Kurru tombs

  • See the archeological wonders of the Nile Valley and journey through Sudan's immense deserts

  • Visit the vibrant Omdurman souk, the largest in Sudan, and experience traditional Sudanese life

Arrive:

Khartoum, Sudan

Depart:

Khartoum, Sudan

Price: from $9,995

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

5-16 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

This is an overland cultural touring trip with day walks exploring fascinating ruins and pyramids. There are some long driving days over rough roads and dusty dirt tracks.
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  • Arrive in Khartoum

    Day 1

    Arrive in Khartoum at any time today and meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport for a hotel transfer. Most flights arrive late, so dinner is not included this evening. Spend the night in a deluxe room at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel Khartoum.

    Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum-Khartoum, Sudan

    A state-of-the-art luxury retreat in the heart of Khartoum's commercial district, Corinthia Hotel Khartoum is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers. Its 230 well-appointed rooms come with perks like Wi-Fi, A/C, and flat-screen TV, while on-site facilities include a spa, swimming pool and gym as well as restaurants with splendid river views.

  • Discover the Wonders of Khartoum

    Day 2

    Rise for a morning tour of Khartoum. Cross the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile near the Presidential Palace and reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan. At sunset, enjoy a whirling dervish ceremony near the tomb of the Sufi leader Ahmed al Nil. Tonight's welcome dinner is at the excellent Assaha Khartoum.

    Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum-Khartoum, Sudan

    A state-of-the-art luxury retreat in the heart of Khartoum's commercial district, Corinthia Hotel Khartoum is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers. Its 230 well-appointed rooms come with perks like Wi-Fi, A/C, and flat-screen TV, while on-site facilities include a spa, swimming pool and gym as well as restaurants with splendid river views.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Old Dongola & Karima

    Day 3

    Wake early today for a drive north across the Western desert to tour the archaeological site of Old Dongola, a deserted ancient town featuring a Christian Coptic temple and several churches on the banks of the Nile. After a picnic lunch, continue across the Nubian Desert to reach the town of Karima in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Karima Nubian Rest House

    Crafted in the distinctive Nubian style, this charming hotel is perfectly situated at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Guest rooms are characterized by a unique Nubian door, elegant furnishings (many sourced from Italy), a private bathroom, and a pleasant veranda. Relax in the manicured gardens or enjoy Sudanese splendor in the reception, restaurant and living room.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See Jebel Barkal & El Kurru Tombs

    Day 4

    Experience a Nubian Desert landmark today, the holy red-sandstone mountain of Jebel Barkal - a UNESCO-listed wonder. The large temple at the foot of the mountain is dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and their patron Amon. Travel southwards to El Kurru village to take in one of the two tombs that were excavated under the pyramids, adorned with multi-colored hieroglyphic inscriptions. Continue to a desert site rich in fossilized trees and return to Karima this evening.

    Accommodation: Karima Nubian Rest House

    Crafted in the distinctive Nubian style, this charming hotel is perfectly situated at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Guest rooms are characterized by a unique Nubian door, elegant furnishings (many sourced from Italy), a private bathroom, and a pleasant veranda. Relax in the manicured gardens or enjoy Sudanese splendor in the reception, restaurant and living room.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tour the Third Cataract, Tombos and Kerma

    Day 5

    A feast of cultural touring awaits today, beginning with a trip to the Third Cataract of the Nile - a shallow, boulder-strewn stretch of the river with incredible views. Explore the incredible ancient quarries of Tombos, where you'll find the remains of an enormous 3000 year old recumbent statue of King Taharqa. In Sebu, right on the riverbank, visit one of Sudan's richest rock-engraving sites, featuring hundreds of images from prehistoric to Egyptian times. Lastly, visit "Defuffa," a monument of the Kerma civilization.

    Accommodation: Karima Nubian Rest House

    Crafted in the distinctive Nubian style, this charming hotel is perfectly situated at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Guest rooms are characterized by a unique Nubian door, elegant furnishings (many sourced from Italy), a private bathroom, and a pleasant veranda. Relax in the manicured gardens or enjoy Sudanese splendor in the reception, restaurant and living room.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit the Karima Market, Explore the Nile, and Visit Nuri

    Day 6

    After a morning tour of the Karima market, cruise north along the banks of the Nile by motor boat. This afternoon visit the archaeological site of Nuri and walk amongst ancient pyramids. Here, view one of the greatest pyramids in Sudan, Taharqa. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner with Sudanese music and dance at the Nubian Rest House.

    Accommodation: Karima Nubian Rest House

    Crafted in the distinctive Nubian style, this charming hotel is perfectly situated at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Guest rooms are characterized by a unique Nubian door, elegant furnishings (many sourced from Italy), a private bathroom, and a pleasant veranda. Relax in the manicured gardens or enjoy Sudanese splendor in the reception, restaurant and living room.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Into the Bayuda Desert to the Pyramids of Meroe

    Day 7

    Today enter the serene Bayuda Desert, characterized by black basalt mountains, volcanic rock formations, and dry river valleys. Along the way, pass caravans and herds of camels, goats, and donkeys, stopping at a well where nomads gather for a picnic lunch before crossing the Nile by ponton. Arriving late in the afternoon at the Pyramids of Meroe, settle into the private camp, and take in breathtaking star-strewn skies.

    Accommodation: Meroe Permanent Tented Camp

    Meroe Camp is located 142 miles north of Khartoum, overlooking the beautiful pyramids of Meroe. Accommodation consists of 22 twin-bedded and tastefully furnished tents - all with their own private bathroom hut and solar-powered electricity. Each tent also has a veranda with two comfortable chairs, where you can relax and take in the astonishing view of more than forty pyramids.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at the Royal Sites of Meroe

    Day 8

    Head out today to explore the royal necropolis of Meroe, a cluster of striking pyramids situated atop a series of yellow sand-covered hills. Each has its own funerary chapel with walls decorated with bas-reliefs representing the pharaoh's life and various offerings to the gods. After a coffee break at Kabushia village, continue to the Royal city. Enjoy sunset at the pyramids.

    Accommodation: Meroe Permanent Tented Camp

    Meroe Camp is located 142 miles north of Khartoum, overlooking the beautiful pyramids of Meroe. Accommodation consists of 22 twin-bedded and tastefully furnished tents - all with their own private bathroom hut and solar-powered electricity. Each tent also has a veranda with two comfortable chairs, where you can relax and take in the astonishing view of more than forty pyramids.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Mussawarat & Naga

    Day 9

    Heading south, descend into the valley and with the desert hills as your backdrop explore the ruins of Mussawarat. Next visit Naga and its central temple, whose ornate bas-relief decorations depict the lion-headed god Apedemak, to whom the temple is dedicated, the Pharaoh, noblemen, and several fascinating rituals. The influence of Egyptian, Roman, and Greek styles come together to make this temple uniquely remarkable. After arriving in Khartoum head to Khartoum North to see the traditional sport of Nuba wrestling at sunset. Enjoy your room at the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum this evening until a late night transfer to the airport in accordance with your departing flight schedule.

    Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum-Khartoum, Sudan

    A state-of-the-art luxury retreat in the heart of Khartoum's commercial district, Corinthia Hotel Khartoum is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers. Its 230 well-appointed rooms come with perks like Wi-Fi, A/C, and flat-screen TV, while on-site facilities include a spa, swimming pool and gym as well as restaurants with splendid river views.

    Activity: Cultural touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Khartoum

    Day 10

    Depart in the early hours of the morning. Please note that most flights depart very early between 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Hidden Treasures of Sudan with Richard Bangs

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek journey skillfully covers Sudan's key ancient cities, impressive pyramids, archaeological ruins, and tombs in 10 days.

Reason #02

Scenic drives lead to exciting cultural encounters: a performance by whirling dervishes, meeting locals, and visiting traditional homes.

Reason #03

Experience the fascinating region with MT Sobek Co-Founder Richard Bangs.

Meet your guides

Abdul Ahmed

Abdul Ahmed

Abdul has a lifetime of experience traveling throughout Sudan and has a deep familiarity with the diverse culture of the country. He is also tremendously knowledgeable about Sudanese history, archaeology and geography, making him a tremendous asset for an adventure through this region. Before beginning a career as a trip leader, Abdul was a popular Sudanese actor - quite a unique background! He is kind, personable, and possesses excellent communication skills.

Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs has often been called the father of modern adventure travel since co-founding Sobek Expeditions (now MT Sobek) in 1973. He has spent 50 years exploring the globe and led the first descents of 35 rivers, including the Yangtze and the Zambezi. Richard still loves to lead exciting "out there" adventures and is heading to Iraqi Kurdistan and Sudan with MT Sobek in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Richard is an accomplished storyteller, best known for his popular PBS series "Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose," and was a 2019 PURE Awards finalist for his contribution to experiential travel.

Activities

Tours of ancient archaeological sites and museums, a boat trip on the Nile, visits to traditional villages and local markets.

Lodging

Mobile and permanent camps in spectacular surroundings, traditional Nubian guest houses, and a luxury city hotel to bookend the trip in style.

Climate

October is considered a winter month in Sudan, so you can expect a dry and sunny desert climate.

FAQ

Is Sudan Safe?

The areas we visit in Sudan are very safe. The people are extremely welcoming to tourists and our local guides know the region well. Consult your government's web site for the latest travel guidance for Sudan.

Do I need a visa for Sudan?

Yes, a visa is required by all visiting Sudan. While it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival, we highly recommend applying for your visa in advance and will provide you instructions for this.

Are you allowed to bring alcohol into Sudan?

No, alcohol is prohibited and not for sale in Sudan. Make sure you don't bring any alcoholic beverages in your luggage as it will be taken away if found in customs.

Is there a dress code for Sudan?

Plan to dress conservatively. Shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate.

Are vaccinations required for entry to Sudan?

No vaccinations are required for entry to Sudan but requirements are subject to change. Check with the CDC for updates. All travelers to Sudan are advised to take antimalarial medications. Discuss this medication with your doctor.

  • 2022
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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Mar 03 - 12, 2022
    $9,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection
  • Acoholic beverages

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