Join us as we make an epic overland journey to discover the ancient history and hidden gems of Sudan. Seldom visited and widely misunderstood, Sudan is home to some of the most spectacular historic artifacts and archaeological sites—whose numbers exceed those that can be found in all of Egypt. Following the Nile from Khartoum northward into the desert, we'll encounter the majestic pyramids at Meroe and Jebel Barkal. Together on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we'll unlock the secrets of the ancient Nubian Kingdom of Kush and the rule of the Black Pharaohs and Meroitic kings. And these will be just the beginning of our discoveries. This is a place that only reveals its stories and secrets to those willing to set out into its vast desert landscape.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $975. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
During this trip we’ll be staying at a variety of accommodations. The hotel in Khartoum is an international standard with Western-style private bathroom facilities. Outside Khartoum, however, the lodgings are basic. For our nights out in the desert, we’ll be in nice, pre-set tents (one might even call it “glamping”), but these camps do not have 24-hour electricity in the rooms, and each tent’s bathroom facility is a short walk behind the tent.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking up to three hours each day, with lots of time spent outdoors, moving around, and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs, sand, and rocky terrain. During the day’s activities and in transit, toilet facilities may be limited to “bush toilets” or basic squat toilets of inconsistent cleanliness standards.
This is an overland journey that relies on long, rigorous drives in 4WD vehicles over rough, bumpy roads. On days when the distance to be covered is particularly long, we’ll make sure to stop regularly.
You’ll meet up with your guide and group in the hotel lobby around 3 p.m. on Day 1, please double-check that your flight will get you in on time if you'd like to participate in the Day 1 Dervish ceremony (which only occurs on Fridays).
Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on important archaeological sites will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations. With the help of Friends Of Sudan/Amici del Sudan (an Italian NGO founded by our trip partners) your trip is supporting a school near the Meroe, called Tarabil, and digging a well to allow some nomadic tribes to bring their herds of animals back to their ancestral lands.
Food options in Sudan are limited. While our team will attempt to accommodate most dietary restrictions, substitutions may not be an option. We encourage you to bring some travel snacks from home, such as energy bars, trail mix, dried fruit, and nuts. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
A visa is required for Sudan. Please check requirements for travel to Sudan and any countries passed through in transit. We will supply the letter of invitation required with your visa application. We recommend starting your visa application process 4 to 5 months prior to the departure. A passport is required for international travel. Your passport should have two full blank visa pages and an expiration date at least six months after your return home. A visa will be denied if you have an Israeli visa or entry stamp in your passport. You can check for requirements directly through the embassy or by using a third-party visa resource. *Please note that applications through a third-party resource may incur services charges in addition to any applicable visa fees.
The CDC recommends all travelers be up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Please check these recommendations and discuss them with your doctor. As of October 2021, Atlas Obscura requires that all travelers be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in our trips.