Sudan: Ethno-photographic route

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Trip Duration Days - 14 Days

Sudan: Ethno-photographic route

Price Starts from € 3550

Itinerary designed to discover the most fascinating regions of Sudan. We will start in the Nubian desert, following in the footsteps of ancient civilizations forgotten by the centuries, we will continue through the border region of Kassala where we will enjoy very authentic tribal markets and we will end in the mythical Nuba Mountains, a region closed to tourism for decades and that will allow us to discover unique cultures and landscapes. We will travel in 4x4 vehicles and sleep in hotels, guesthouses and camp in the Bayuda desert and in the Nuba Mountains.
Date: 10 - 23 December 2021

Duration: 14 days - 13 nights

Guide: Begoña Fernández Colmeiro, an expert guide in African societies and a lover of history.

The price includes:
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International flights with air taxes
- All transfers
- Transportation in 4x4 vehicles and minibus in the cities
- Spanish guide specialized in this region of Africa
- Local guide for tribal areas
- Meal regime according to itinerary. BB = Accommodation with Breakfast, HB = Half Board, FB = Full Board
- 2 bottles of mineral water of 1.5 liters per day, per person
- Accommodation according to itinerary
- Camping equipment (except the sleeping bag)
- Cook during the camping days
- Tickets to the places detailed in the itinerary (museums, natural parks, towns, etc.)
- Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Payments for taking pictures in the tribes
- Basic travel insurance (does not include cancellation). The insurance company offers extensions to the basic insurance included that cover cancellation. Check price and conditions.

Price does not include:
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Drinks at meals
- Visas and management
- Tips
- Cancellation insurance
- Any service not indicated in the section includes
Day 1 (Friday 10 December)
Arrival in Khartoum. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the Plaza Hotel or similar. City tour: National Museum (under renovation, only the outside area can be visited), the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, the Mahdi mausoleum and the Suk market in Ondurman (in the afternoon we can see the Whirling dervishes) and the Al Kabir Mosque in the old town. BB

Day 2: KHARTOUM - OLD DONGOLA - DONGOLA (8h)

Breakfast. Route to the heart of Nubia, land of the black pharaohs. Immersion in the desert area and arrival at the archaeological site of Old Dongola with an interesting Muslim necropolis and the remains of an ancient Christian kingdom. Of the churches only a few carved granite columns remain. After the visit, we will move to the city of Dongola, the capital of Nubia. Transfer to Hotel Olla or similar. FB

Day 3: DONGOLA - KUIKA - SOLEB (3h)

Breakfast. Continuation to Soleb, located at the third cataract of the Nile. This is deep Nubia, the language is still strong in the small towns, as well as the culture. Visit the Kuika community and we will take a look at their 16th century sanctuary. We will continue to the banks of the Nile to cross in a motor boat to the temple of Soleb, dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun. We will spend the night in a guest house in the nearby town of Soleb. At night we will organize some traditional dances. FB

Day 4: SOLEB - SABU JADDI - KERMA - KARIMA (5h)

Breakfast. Drive south to Kerma, a very well excavated pre-Meroitic site with a new museum nearby to understand the importance of Neolithic urban structures in the Nile Valley 4000 years ago. On the way to Kerma, we will stop and see rock carvings by Sabu Jaddi, depicting domestic animals and river trade. We will arrive at Karima and climb the Jebel Barkal mountain to admire the nearby necropolis and the fantastic panoramic views. Dinner with a Nubian family and night at a local guest house. FB

Day 5: KARIMA - EL KURRU - NURI - MEROE (5h)

Breakfast. In the morning visit the nearby archaeological site of El Kurru with beautiful tombs with paintings. After the visit, we will continue to the Necropolis of Nuri with fabulous pyramids in different states of degradation. After the archaeological tour, we will leave Karima and head to Meroe, the "jewel in the crown" of Sudan. Arrival in the afternoon and visit the two main necropolises. We will spend the night in tents in the desert. FB

Day 6: MEROE - BAYUDA DESERT (3h)

Breakfast. Early morning visit to the most famous necropolis in Meroe and the nearby quarry where the stones were extracted to build the pyramids. After the visit, continuation to the wild desert of Bayuda to meet some nomadic families and admire the beauty of the rocky desert of Sudan. Night with Arab nomads. Shops FB

Day 7: BAYUDA DESERT - KASSALA (7h)

Breakfast. Farewell to our nomadic hosts and transfer to the territory of Beja. The Beja are cattle and camel herders who speak their own language and keep their traditions alive. Arrival in the city of Kassala in the afternoon and transfer to the aparthotel where we will spend two nights. FB

Day 8: KASSALA

Breakfast. Day to explore Kassala and its tribes. Meet the Rashaida, Kunama and Beja tribes in the rural markets and towns near the city. In the afternoon visit the Khatmiyah Mosque near the hills. We can have a delicious local coffee in the popular bars of the area to end the day. Night in aparthotel. FB

Day 9: KASSALA - GEDAREF - WAD MADANI (6h)

Breakfast. Long drive to Wad Madani through the town of Gedaref. Stops along the way to visit towns and markets. Arrival in Wad Madani, an important commercial city. Night at Hotel Imperial or similar. FB

Day 10: KASSALA - GEDAREF - EL OBEID (6h)

Breakfast. We will drive to El Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan and the agricultural capital of Sudan. We will visit the central market to admire the ethnic diversity of the city, the cattle market, the neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral and the museum. Accommodation at Hotel Zanobia or similar. FB

Day 11: EL OBEID - DILLING - MOUNTAINS OF NUBA (2h30)

Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the nomadic Arab and Baggara tribes on the way to Dilling in the Nuba Hills. Explore the city center and learn about the Nuba culture. The Nuba are descendants of various tribal peoples who came from Nubia seeking refuge in the rocky hills of the area. They were fleeing the slavery of Arab groups. The Nuba have mainly converted to Islam in the last 50 years, but they retain some of their ancient traditions, such as dancing, music, and wrestling. Night at a local guest house or Catholic mission. FB

Day 12: MOUNTAINS OF NUBA

Breakfast. A day to reach a Nuba village and share a time with this mythical village that reached the collective imagination thanks to the images of the 1974 Nuba by Leni Riefenstahl. Much has changed since then, but the essence of the Nuba culture can still be found in the smaller communities. We will try to spend the night in a small town if the local authorities allow us, if not, we will return to Dilling for the night. FB

Day 13: MOUNTAINS OF NUBA - EL OBEID (2h30)

Breakfast and last visits to the Nuba hills. The area is rich in water and grass and it is not uncommon to see Felata (Fulani) nomads roaming with their longhorn cattle. We will try to meet one of these nomadic communities. Farewell to Nuba country and return to El Obeid. Accommodation at Hotel Zanobia or similar. FB

Day 14: EL OBEID - KHARTUM (6h) - FLIGHT HOME

Breakfast. Early travel to Khartoum. Last visits and purchases. Day-use in a central hotel. At the agreed time we will transfer to the airport. Night flight back home. FB

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Sudan Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Sudan. Applications for visas can be made in advance in the travelers’ home country or in the nearest Sudan Embassy. There is also the possibility of obtaining the Visa upon arrival.  Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the visa upon arrival or at the embassy. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.


Vaccines and Travel Health in Sudan
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Sudan. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling through Sudan. Water supply is unsafe to drink, visitors should drink bottle water. Visitors should also avoid eating unpeeled, unwashed fruit and vegetables.


Security in Sudan
Last Places has been operating in Sudan since 2012, after the Civil War that mainly affected what is today South Sudan. There is an ongoing conflict in some areas of Blue Nile Province, South Kordofan, and Darfur. Special permits are needed to visit these provinces (the areas where there is no active conflict). We have been visiting certain regions of these more remote provinces and no problem. The key is knowing well the country and having contacts all around which is the case with Last Places.


When to go to Sudan
Travelers can visit Sudan all year around. Last Places offers trips to Sudan all year around. Said this, dry season –from mid-November to mid-April - allows the traveller visit all tribal areas while whet season – from June to October- may limit the visit to certain remote regions such as Dinder National Park, Blue Nile Province, or Nuba Mountains.


Currency in Sudan                                                                                       
The currency of Sudan is the Sudanese pound and it is divided into 100 piasters (coins). This is not to be confused with the Sudanese Dinar which was phased out in 2007 - do not accept any cash with "dinar" on it.


Bring only foreign CASH into Sudan, preferably US Dollars (often accepted in hotels). Euros are also fairly easy to exchange at banks in big cities. Traveller's cheques and non-Sudanese bank cards are not accepted in Sudan, as neither Visa/Mastercard nor any foreign bank have any presence in Sudan, despite the lifting of the US trading embargo.


Time in Sudan
GMT +1



Electricity in Sudan
In Sudan the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Sudan, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia).



Communications in Sudan
The international dialing code for Sudan is +249. There are many more mobile telephones than fixed lines and the mobile coverage around Juba and other main centers is much more reliable than fixed lines. Internet access is available at most major hotels in Khartoum and high-end hotels of Meroe.


Language in Sudan
The official languages of Sudan are Arabic and English.



Prohibitions in Sudan
Sudan has very strict rules about taking pictures. First and foremost, you need a permit to take pictures (Last Places takes care of this permits before the client arrives in Sudan) which will tell you where you can and cannot take pictures. Photographing or filming military personnel or installations is a quick way to get into trouble. People have been arrested for taking pictures at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles in Khartoum.

Sudan is an Islamic Republic where Sharia Law is applied in all of its territory. It is recommend for both women and men to wear long trousers. For women it is recommended to wear long sleeved shirts and cover their hair when entering a mosque or official building. As a country with Sharia Law, Sudan is completely alcohol-free. The occasional sight of locals drunk on illicit palm wine can cause much disturbance, and punishments for possessing alcohol can include fines and corporal punishment.