DAYS 114 – 123: SUDAN
Saying farewell to Ethiopia, you will cross the border into Sudan and drive to the small town of Gedaref enroute to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Khartoum is a great place to explore. The city is really two cities: the colonial city of the British and General Gordon on one side of the river, and the sprawling settlements of Omdurman on the other. Here you find one of Africa’s most interesting markets where for the souvenir hunters you can get some excellent Beja Ben Amer tribal swords. These tribal people are easy to spot. Very tall and distinguished-looking, with the telltale hair and traditional swords slung over the shoulder. Their ancestors played a major role in the Dervish uprisings in the 19th Century at the battle of Omdurman. The best place to find out more about this period of Sudanese history is in the Khalifa Museum in Omdurman, near the Mahdi’s tomb.
Heading north out of Khartoum, you will explore the Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat. These ruins lie around 50 kilometres east of The River Nile. The site is one of the largest in the country and 2 of the largest temples here are still very well preserved.
Continuing your overland tour north through Sudan you will visit the incredible and haunting Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. You will then continue on to Karima.
Over the next three days you will journey north through the remote areas of Northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route you will visit many ruined temples of the Kushite era, including the Nuri pyramids and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima, the Temple of Deffufa near Dongola, and the Temple of Soleb near Wawa. All of these nights you will wild camp out in the remote deserts, which is the true highlight of travelling overland through Sudan!
Your journey through Sudan will lead you to Wadi Halfa, a rather dusty frontier town on the southern shores of Lake Nasser. You will have the opportunity to explore the hills above Wadi Halfa, or to just relax in the shade!