SU2a: Nubia – Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs


13 days expedition in small groups with English speaking guide

Get away from the crowds - discover a country not yet changed by tourism. Explore the marvellous and mostly still untouched nature of North Sudan and the impressive pyramids and temples of the Black Pharaohs. Meet hospitable and friendly people in the colourful Nubian villages along the banks of the Nile.

Price per person in DBL: 1900 €URO

Single supplement: 100 €uro

Group size 6-12 persons

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Book the tour with Kerma travel Service

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Rates include:

All transfers and sightseeing according to program with modern vans or 4x4

All entrance according to program

Routing permits

Photo permits

3 Hotel overnights in Khartoum in 3*superior Hotel B/B

1 Overnight in a simple guesthouse

7 nights at private Nubian homes in shared rooms

Full board safari-style during jeep safari incl. mineral water, tea and coffee, begins with lunch on day 3 and ends with lunch on the 11th day

English speaking guide

08.10.2018 - 20.10.2018


05.11.2018 - 17.11.2018


19.11.2018 - 01.12.2018


24.12.2018 - 05.01.2019


04.02.2019 - 16.02.2019  


04.03.2019 - 16.03.2019


25.03.2019 - 06.04 2019


08.04.2019 - 20.04 2019


07.10.2019 - 19.10.2019


04.11.2019 - 16.11.2019


18.11.2019 - 30.11.2019


23.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Not included

International flights
Entry visa for Sudan
Departure tax (currently 20 US$)
Passport registration (currently 60 US$)
All kinds of insurance.
Personal expenses.
Drinks with meals at hotels
Tips for guide and driver
NB. Routing may change depending on local circumstances!



1. Day: Flight Europe - Khartoum

Arrival in Khartoum, meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel, overnight. (-/-/-)

2. Day: Khartoum

After breakfast citytour in Khartoum and visit to the National Museum housing the salvaged temples of Upper Nubia and the frescoes from the cathedral of Faras. Afterwards proceed to the Ethnographical  Museum. Lunch in a restaurant by the Nile (optional), afterwards motor boat trip to the confluence of Blue and White Nile (ca. 1 ½ hours). Back to hotel, overnight. (B/-/-)

3. Day: Khartoum – Naga – Musawwarat es Sufra - Meroe

Early morning departure with 4x4 northward passing the rapids of the sixth cataract. On to the ancient cultic centre of Nagaa with the meroitic temple of Amun, the Roman chapel and the lion temple, then proceed to Musawarat as-Sufra 20 km, an extensive temple area with rare elephant depictions. Afterwards continue to the small town of Shendi, 80 km, and onwards 30 km to Meroe.  Overnight in a simple guesthouse. (B/L/D)

4.Day: Meroe - Damer - Bayouda Desert- Nuri - Karima

In the morning Visit the largest pyramid cemetery of the Nile valley – dozens of black pyramids rise from the desert sands. opportunity to take a stroll and photograph the pyramids. Then drive to El Damer 100 km, crossing the Nile to Umm Tuyur on the west bank. Afterwards the route leads through the Bayouda desert, then drive to Nuri, 25 km. Visit the cemetery containing the pyramids of the 26th dynasty, among them that of Pharaoh Taharqa. Afterwards drive to Karima. Overnight in Nubian House. (B/L/D)

5. Day: Karima Gebel Barkal -  El Kurru - Karima

Ascent to Jebel Barkal and afterwards visit to the great temple of Amun of Napata dating back to the 12th century B.C. The temple was the most important religious centre of Kush. Afterwards crossing the Nile to visit the necropolis of el-Kurru, 18 km. The subterranean tomb of King Tanwetamani is decorated in the classical pharaonic style. Overnight in Nubian House in Karima. (B/L/D)

6. Day: Karima - Kerma

Drive to Kerma, capital of Upper Nubia during the 3rd and 2nd millenium B.C. The "Diffufa", large mud brick constructions slightly younger than the Giza pyramids. Overnight in Nubian House in Kerma. (B/L/D)

7. Day: Kerma – Sesebi - Soleb

We drive through colorful Nubian villages to Sesebi, a military outpost of pharaoh Akhenaten. Afterwards drive to Soleb. Visit the temple of Soleb, a Nubian copy of the temples of the Egyptian New Kingdom, with pillars reminiscent of Luxor temple. Overnight in Nubian House. (B/L/D)

8. Day: Soleb – Sdeinga – Sai - Soleb

Drive through the desert along the old Darb el-Arbain, the "Road of Forty" – a camel took 40 days from Khartoum to Cairo on this road. In Sdeinga we visit the temple dedicated to Queen Teje, the mother of Akhenaten. Afterwards boat trip to the island of Sai, 40 km, with settlement ruins from old Nubian, Pharaonic and Christian times. Afterwards return to Soleb and Overnight in Nubian House. (B/L/D)

9. Day: Soleb – Messaida – Sebu - Tumbus

Drive to Tumbus passing prehistoric rock inscriptions near Sebu. Afterwards drive to a nearby hill to visit the ancient church at Messaida. In Tumbus visit to hieroglyphic inscriptions and a recumbent statue of King Taharka in the granite quarries. Overnight in Nubian House. (B/L/D)

10. Day: Tumbus –  Old Dongola

Drive to Old Dongola, once the Christian capital of the Nubian kingdom Makuria and later a major islamic city. Visit to the fortress and the remains of a cathedral. Overnight in Nubian House. (B/L/D)

11. Day: Old Dongola - Omdurman - Khartoum

We drive back through the Bayouda desert. Arrival in Omdurman in the afternoon. Visit to the famous dervish dance on Friday. Afterwards proceed to Khartoum, transfer to hotel. (B/L/-)

12. Day: Khartoum – camel Market - Omdurman -  Departure

In the morning visit of the largest camel market in the country, then Visit the house of the Khalifa that has been transformed into a museum, the mausoleum of the Mahdi, the bazaar of Omdurman and other popular markets. Late in the evening transfer to airport for departure. (B / - / -)

Day 13: Arrival

Arrival in Europe. (- / - / -)