Description of Sudan holiday
Foreboding deserts, nomadic families, Nubian villages and some of Africa’s most outstanding archaeological sites – this is Sudan, and it’s now open to visitors, though few intrepid travellers make it to these ancient sands. In the Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, and history is everywhere in this Sudan holiday. In Khartoum, you can visit temples moved here by UNESCO when the land they stood upon was flooded by Lake Nasser. Explores the wonders left behind by the ancient civilisations that ruled this vast Saharan landscape, with trips to Jebel Barkal’s monuments and pyramids, the Royal Necropolis at Meroe and the impressive Nuri pyramids – including the ancient pyramid of Taharqa.
Discover more modern Sudanese culture in the souks and the Nubian villages, where these deeply traditional people live in beautifully painted houses. Old Dongola reveals the country’s Christian past, with its Coptic temple and riverside churches. This is a country quite unlike any other – and this well paced, comfortable tour really makes the most of its culture, history and otherworldly landscapes.
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3 Reviews of Sudan holiday
Reviewed on 17 Dec 2018 by Peter ChapmanOne of the best - a really interesting country. And the local operators do a really good job keeping western tourists comfortable in sometimes challenging local conditions. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by Virginia DraperThe highlight was seeing the people, the remote locations, the sights we saw tucked away off streets - no fencing around them, just there for all to enjoy...sunrise on camels, sunset on the pyramids. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2016 by Geoffrey HermsenI had a great time with a good international group of friends. A brilliant guide Kahlid, great drivers and support staff. Read full review
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.
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 through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy 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.