Sudan is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. It has the most hospitable and friendly people in Africa, plus it is yet to feel the effects of mass tourism. It is a welcoming, safe and utterly fascinating destination.
Sudan is Africa's third largest country and there is so much to see and experience, mostly focused on its historical heritge and rich culture. Lying just south of the Great Cataract on the Nile, Sudan has double the number of pyramids that Egypt does and you will pretty much have them all to yourselves.
The pyramids and temples at Meroe are well worth a visit - this is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kush, where more than forty kings and queens were buried. As is Jebel Barkal, which can be seen for miles rising out of the plains and it has been a place or worship for centuries.
Highlights of Khartoum are the Whirling Dervish ceremony, the Nuba wrestling and the colourful and bustling Omdurman souq.
On your journey around Sudan, you may well meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells, with their caravans and herds of camels and donkeys. You can stop for a coffee with them and you will be welcomed with open arms.
Arrive in Khartoum at sunset, where you will go to Omdurman to watch the Whirling Dervish ceremony, where the tariqua gather to dane and pray, attracting large crowds of both observers and participents.
Also in Khartoum you can cross the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile, visit the colourful souks and watch the exciting and traditional Nuba Wrestling.
Jebel Barkal is a stunning landmark in the Nubian Desert, which is on the World Heritage list. You can visit the ruins, the museum and the temple, which has some stunning hieroglyphics.
At sunset walk up Jebel Barkal to admire the views and then run all the way down the sandy path.
Just three kilometers away from The Nile, you will find The Royal Cemetry of Meroe, which has up to 100 pyramids which stand alone on a sandy ridge, like a row of broken teeth.
You can even view the pyramids by camel!
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