- Now is the time to visit Sudan. Tourists are rare and the people are genuinely delighted to greet visitors. The infrastructure reminded me of Turkey in the 70s. Archaeological sites are deserted and you feel like a 19th C traveller as you explore them. The tour is much more than ancient sites: you meet genuine Bedouin and experience a little of their lifestyle and visit villages and a school. Accommodation is mixed: from simple tents to quite luxurious surrounds in Karima and Meroe. (the more challenging accommodation is at the the early part of the tour!). There's a lot of travelling, much of it off road, in pick-ups or Landcruisers, but it's not uncomfortable. The guide, Hatim, is outstanding.
Arrive in Khartoum a day before the trip starts. If you are taking Malarone test it well in advance: I experienced debilitating sleeplessness for several nights and stopped taking it. There were no mosquitoes in February so you don't need anti-malarials. Remember to take a cheap sleeping bag and you can leave it for one of the crew after the camping. In Khartoum check out the Nubian wrestling: it shows you a totally different side of Khartoum. Get Mr Achmed to take you in his car (you definitely need a "minder" although there absolutely no threat). Take a spare camera because the sand may jam your main one. You don't need a water bottle because water is provided constantly (although while camping it may be handy to have one to avoid leaving the tent in the night). Head torches are essential.
Go on this trip! It's an unforgettable experience.
Published on: 19 February 2017