Explore the architectural sites, beautiful pyramids and desert scenery on our group tour to Sudan.
13 Days - Price from: €4,794
Enjoy a cup of spiced tea or coffee served by the women in local markets.
Reach the stunning pyramids of Meroe like ancient explorers on the back of a camel.
A member of the team will be in touch shortly.
• Get a taste of Sudanese hospitality entering the houses of people in the Nubian villages near Old Dongola
• Spoil yourself after camping with a relaxing and enjoyable stay at the charming Karima Nubian Rest House and Meroe Camp
• Reach the pyramids of Meroe like ancient explorers on back of a camel
• Enjoy a cup of spiced tea or coffee served by the women in local markets
• Dance and chant and get involved by the beating rhythm during the Fridays ceremonies of the whirling Dervishes in Omdurman
The Scramble for Africa, Thomas Pakenham Pakenham’s magnificent account of the exploration and colonization of Africa, including Sudan, by the European powers in the 19th Century: "clear, authoritative and compelling", William Boyd, Daily Telegraph.
Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure, Michael Asher "The most complete picture of the Sudanese campaigns that has yet been published . . . a vigorous and engrossing narrative", Philip Ziegler, The Telegraph.
The Black Pharaohs: Egypt’s Nubian Rulers, Robert Morkot A readable study of Egypt’s Nubian rulers.
Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure, Tim Jeal A gripping account of the quest to discover the source of the White Nile.
What is the What, David Eggers This is the biography of Valentino Achek Deng, a Sudanese lost boy, told to and written by the excellent Dave Eggers. Deng was one of thousands of children forced to flee the Civil War in Sudan. "A remarkable book: harrowing, witty, wretched, delightful; and always compelling, always surprising", London Review of Books.
Act of Faith, Philip Caputo This is Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Philip Caputo's heart-wrenching novel set in The Sudan. Deeply informative, it looks with brutal honesty and factual detail at the war, corruption and tribal conflict, as the lives of a Kenyan missionary, an aid worker and a pilot start to intersect.
Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salib In the 1960s a young man returns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan after studying in Europe. Here he meets Mustafa Sa’eed who tells him his own troubling story of his life in London in the 1920s, with unexpected consequences.
Sudan is 3hrs ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is [http://www.worldtimezone.com | www.worldtimezone.com]
Food and Alcohol: In Sudan, much of the time will be spent camping so you can expect lunches that will typically comprise of picnic lunches and dinners which will be a mixture of international & local food. The most common local dishes are full and fasolija (both bean based soups).
Please note that alcohol is strictly forbidden in Sudan and you should make no attempt to bring any into the country.
Electricity: Those bringing video & digital cameras that require battery chargers should also bring a two-pin, continental style adapter. In most hotels you can charge from the mains using a travel adaptor plug, but there will be limited resources elsewhere.
Money: In Sudan the official currency is the Sudanese Pound.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to [http://www.oanda.com | www.oanda.com]
A few points to help you plan:
• Payments are only made in cash.
• Credit cards and Travellers Cheques are not accepted, even in major hotels (due to an embargo)
• ATM machines cannot be used as they only accept Sudanese cards
• It is strongly recommended you travel with US dollars cash.
• It is useful to bring lots of small denomination notes as change can be hard to come by.
Language & Religion: In Sudan an estimated two thirds of the population of the country adheres to Islam. The other third is made up of a majority of animist and indigenous believers and 5% Christians. The Sudan has over 133 different languages with 9 having become extinct. Arabic is the most widely spoken alongside tribal languages. Sudan’s official languages are Arabic and English, with English being spoken by the educated and elite.
Cultural Sensitivity: On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour leader will be able to advise you accordingly.
At Wild Frontiers we are very aware of the ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures. We realise that taking a group of tourists through such a region can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live there and on all our tours we therefore go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive…after all, there are also many good things that the tourist can bring.
To help this process we ask that our clients do not hand out pens or sweets to children. As one sign in Egypt emphatically put it, ‘Please don't make beggars out of our children!' No matter how well intentioned, in our opinion the dolling out of free gifts fosters a ‘beggar mentality' that is ultimately extremely destructive to a society. In addition we do not condone giving out money to beggars or ‘students'.
However, we also realise that we are exceptionally privileged to be travelling in areas where most of the people have far less than us and that the desire to ‘help' can be very powerful. As a result we ask that you refer to your trip dossier for information on the Wild Frontiers Foundation which supports specific projects in the areas where we travel.
Photography: Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission.
Also many countries have very strict rules about taking photos of army, police or any official personnel; restrictions apply at borders, bridges and any government building. Please exercise care in this regard as the penalty may be to have your film and/or camera confiscated.
Being the largest country in Africa, Sudan has a wide variety of climactic patterns but in the north, where this trip spends its entire time, hot days (around 30-35 degrees) & cool nights (around 15 degrees) can be expected as is typical of desert regions. Rain is unlikely but not unheard of.
Flights to Khartoum take around 9hrs and are offered direct from London with BMI or indirect with several European carriers.