Sudan tour, Nile Valley and Western Desert
Description of Sudan tour, Nile Valley and Western Desert
Less of a tour and more of an expedition, this small group adventure takes you to Sudan’s Nile Valley and Western Desert to discover a host of natural wonders and historic gems. You’ll travel off road through remote areas where very few westerners are seen, and spend nights wild camping under the stars.
Kicking off in the capital Khartoum, where you’ll visit an archaeological museum, you’ll then make your way out into the desert, passing beautiful oases and rock formations and visiting mysterious ancient sites such as the Egyptian Temple of Soleb, a remnant of the New Kingdom’s reign in Nubia; Old Dongola, which holds the ruins of a Christian Coptic temple; and Jebel Barkal, where temples and pyramids sit at the foot of a soaring red sandstone mountain.
The trip will also allow time for cultural encounters, and there will be opportunities to meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, as well as visit beautiful Nubian Villages, where you may be invited to have tea with the local people.
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1 Reviews of Sudan tour, Nile Valley and Western Desert
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Jane Cowan
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The local people and their culture and way of life
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Read up before you go. A most interesting history and it helps if you have some idea of the vast time line.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fascinating. Interesting travel companions. The guide could have been more assertive. We were often waiting for him, while he was waiting for us. If he had
given us some indication of how long to spend at a sight that might have helped. He was the kindest and interesting person though.
Read the operator's response here:
PlanetSudan is an emerging destination for adventurous travellers. Perhaps the greatest attraction for most visitors is its fine collection of archaeological ruins. We are pleased to report that the Government of Sudan has gone to great lengths to protect these sights. Your payment of archaeological fees directly contributes to the up-keep and essential preservation of these important sites.
This tour travels through some remote and often pristine environments, and most nights are spent wild camping. We make a point of ensuring that we do not leave any permanent traces of our stay behind, making sure that we take all litter with us. The desert is a fragile environment and we take great pains to ensure that we do not disturb it.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling though rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasise our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a cope of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
PeopleOur Nuba People and Villages tour travels to some very remote and untouched tribal areas. The tribes that we meet have no idea of tourism and we have a huge responsibility when exposing them to different cultures. For this reason, our operations in this area remain very limited with an average of only two group departures per year. To minimise our impact, everyone who travels with us is briefed on the customs and beliefs of the local tribes.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.