Sudan holiday, Desert Explorer

“Experience 13 days as part of a small group travelling by 4WD on a clockwise round-trip from Khartoum across the pyramid-filled deserts of Sudan. ”

Highlights

Khartoum | Wadi el Milk | Jebel Peak | Dongola | Temple of Soleb | Third Cataract | Nubian Desert | El Kab | Meroe Lake | Jebel Barkal | Karima | Bayuda Desert | Meroe | Mussawarat | Naga |

Description of Sudan holiday, Desert Explorer

This two week Sudan holiday takes you on a round-trip as a desert explorer in a clock-wise direction from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, via Dongola, Nubia, Karima and more pyramids than you’ll ever hope to experience in Egypt.

Become a true desert explorer on this Sudan holiday as you discover the meeting point of the Blue and White Nile, experience the hospitality of Nubian villagers and visit the temples of the Black Pharaohs, all within the space of two amazing weeks.

There’s no better mode of transport than a 4WD and as you skim across the Nubian Desert and along the banks of the Nile you’ll spend nights under the stars and days spent staring into the distant horizon as you start as a Sudan holiday maker and end as a desert explorer.

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Environment

Accommodation and meals:
This trip is mainly spent wild camping, which is better for the environment, but where we use the Grand Holiday Villa in Khartoun, the Nubian Rest House and the permanent Meroe Camp, there are community and sustainability regulations in place. Local people from nearby villages are employed in each place and building materials are purchased locally where possible. The Nubian Rest House has its own vegetable garden and both this accommodation and the Meroe camp have their own wells. Where ingredients for meals are not home grown, they are locally sourced in markets on a daily basis. The most common local dishes are ‘full’, a type of broad bean soup, ‘fasolija’ bean soup, lamb and falafel.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
Our main observation of local culture will be visiting archaeological museums, the Presidential Palace, pyramids and tombs etc. This is a great chance to support historical sites and their resources with our entrance fees. In terms of locally made craft and produce, there are a few sellers in the Meroe camp, which sell basic items such as jewellery and pyramid replicas. This is one of the few opportunities to support local production in this way, but there are chances to use local markets and cameleers on the tour which boost local business.

Charity:
Our local partners support the local Tarabil Primary School by selling t-shirts every summer and donating funds raised to improving the school’s facilities. We also donate after every season and if clients wish they are able to donate gifts like clothes, pens, colouring books etc. to the school committee. Another project supported is the painting of Nubian village houses where they cannot afford to do so. It is traditional to paint homes with geometrical patterns and flowers, but with increasing costs of paint it is difficult to keep this custom alive. Our donations make this possible.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 15 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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“One of the drivers, gave me his prayer beads, which was quite an honour. They really were very, very nice people.”

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of my journey in Sudan was the Sudanese people, I have never experienced just a warm welcome in my life, it will for ever stay with me.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just book it, don't ponder about it and worry about safety, I never felt as safe and for me it was a trip of a lifetime.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trip was linked with a local tour operator, who were directly involved or had links with local projects just as schools and education. Also they employed local people in remote areas where employment is not there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic trip, one of the best trips I have done

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