Expedition to Sudan route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5295  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Khartoum, Sudan
Depart: Khartoum, Sudan
Lodging: 6 nights hotels, 2 nights safari-style camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Archaeology
Trip Level: Overland desert touring by comfortable 4WD vehicle with guaranteed window seating, exploration with easy walking


  • Stunning pyramids at Nuri and Meroe, both World Heritage Sites
  • Our superb Egyptologist Trip Leader unlocks the secrets of the Kingdom of Kush
  • Delightful accommodations right at the archaeological sites
  • Traditional dance performances, open-air markets, local specialties from lemon-laced kabobs to sweet ginger coffee
  • Small group—maximum 11 participants!
  • Optional extensions include Egypt and Jordan

I learned a lot about the history and culture of the region. Enjoyed dinner with archaeologists, the amazing pyramids, tombs and Coptic ruins, visiting the nomads. Staying in tents in the desert was fun.Marcia O.—Sacramento, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Stunning and remote archaeological sites lie along the palm-fringed Nile River as it winds through the legendary Kingdom of Kush, an ancient rival to the better-known pharaohs to the north. Our thrilling journey brings you to the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile for a private sunset cruise, then overland by 4WD vehicle to grand and seldom-visited monuments, from the painted tombs of Napata to the breathtaking Pyramids of Meroe. Along the way, you’ll enjoy desert picnics, hidden Nubian villages, visits to chai houses to sip cinnamon tea, a mystical Sufi dance, and an optional camel ride. Select accommodations, including a charming guest house and a safari-style tent camp, put you only steps away from the amazing ruins of a lost kingdom on the Nile.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-5
Khartoum / Nile Cruise / Jebel Barkal / Napata / Pyramids of Nuri

After exploring Khartoum’s historic sites and open-air market where artisans flourish, we head to the red sandstone mountain of Jebel Barkal, sacred to the Nubians since the time of the New Kingdom (1500 BC). We then cross the Nile to reach the fantastic Nile-side pyramids at Napata, with their multicolored hieroglyphics, and the Pyramids of Nuri, burial place of 21 Kushite kings. Our lovely lodge is set at the foot of Jebel Barkal, and we’ll enjoy a traditional Nubian dance performance here.

Days 6-7
Bisharin Nomads / Pyramids of Meroe

Crossing the volcanic Bayuda Desert, we visit Bisharin nomads roaming with their camels, and reach spell-binding Meroe, with its countless mysterious pyramids. You can ride a camel (or walk) to explore this astonishing site. From our permanent tented camp, savor amazing pyramid views right from the veranda of your safari-style tent.

Days 8-9
Naga and Mussawarat Temples / Whirling Dervishes

After exploring the temples of Naga and Mussawarat, watch the spinning of the Sufi whirling dervishes at sunset at the Tomb of Ahmed al-Nil, as chanting and music fill the air. Depart on Day 9.

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Extend Your Journey

Note: Flight schedules to Khartoum, Sudan, are via Cairo (Egypt), Amman (Jordan), Addis (Ethiopia), and Dubai (U.A.E.). We are happy to arrange pre- or post-trip extensions in these countries for you. Please contact our office for details.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 1+, Easiest. It is an overland touring trip with day walks exploring the fascinating ruins and wonderful villages of this ancient and modern civilization. We use air-conditioned 4WD vehicles for our travels outside Khartoum. There will be a maximum of three trip members per vehicle. Outside of Khartoum, lunches will be picnic-style (tomatoes, rice or pasta salad, cheese, ham, tuna fish, fresh fruit). Meals will also include international dishes and local items. The most common local dishes are broadbean soup, “fasolija” bean soup, and lamb dishes.  Dinners will include meat or fish dishes, vegetables, pasta, rice, or soup. Chai (spiced tea), tea, and coffee are available.

Note: We created this journey with our veteran Egyptologist Trip Leader Ahmed Ali, who scouted the trip for us in April 2013. This is a new trip, however, and as such, the first departures can be expeditionary in nature. Specific activities are listed in this itinerary, but they may vary depending on conditions and the group’s interests and abilities. This will be a fun and fascinating journey, but we ask that you bring flexibility and a spirit of adventure to this unique trip.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jan 7-15, 2016  Ahmed Ali
Feb 5-13, 2016  Mohamed Ossama
Oct 28-Nov 5, 2016  Ahmed Ali
Nov 11-19, 2016  Mohamed Ossama
Jan 5-13, 2017
Feb 9-17, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$5295 (9-11 members)
$5595 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $690
Forced single supplement: $490
Sudan visa fee (pay in USD on arrival): $150
Sudan permits and passport registration fees: $325
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Extension Costs
Egypt Extension
   from: $3795

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local Sudanese guide
  • 5 nights accommodations in hotels, 2 nights permanent tented camp, day room on Day 8
  • All meals included
  • Dance performance in Karima, Whirling Dervish ceremony
  • Cruise on the Nile, optional camel ride
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Guaranteed window seating (maximum of 3 trip members per 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota Hilux vehicle)
  • Airport transfers for passengers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, visa, meals not specified at the end of each itinerary day, travel insurance, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), and other expenses of a personal nature (laundry, etc.), video fees at archeological sites. Note: Sudan does not permit alcohol, so no alcoholic beverages are served on the trip.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Khartoum, Sudan
Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Khartoum, Sudan (airport code KRT)
Khartoum, Sudan
Date: Day 9
Suggested departure time: early morning

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Khartoum, Sudan (airport code KRT)

Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum

Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Day 8 (1 night), Khartoum, Sudan

This ultra-modern, egg-shaped 18-story hotel of glass and steel is set at the meeting point of the Blue Nile and White Nile in the center of ...
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Nubian Rest House

Nubian Rest House

Days 3 to 5 (3 nights), Karima, Sudan

This charming small hotel is set within a walled garden just below the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal, near the market town of Karima. With its ...
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Meroe Tented Camp

Meroe Tented Camp

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Meroe, Sudan

Just a mile or so from the grand pyramids of Meroe, this permanent tented camp offers 22 simply furnished twin-bedded tents with their own separate ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ahmed Ali

Departure Dates: January 7-15, 2016, October 28-November 5, 2016

From guiding groups to the intricate temples at Abydos and Dendara, to simply sailing down the Nile River, sharing about the connections between modern and ancient Egypt, Ahmed Ali’s expertise history and culture adds invaluable insight as a Trip Leader. “We are all students in the ...
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Mohamed Ossama

Departure Dates: February 5-13, 2016, November 11-19, 2016

Mohamed Ossama was born in Cairo, where he resides today with his wife and daughter. He attended Helwan University, graduating with a specialty in Egyptology, and has been an Egyptologist guide since 1995. Mohamed is closely associated with St. Olaf College in Minnesota and its intensive ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:


Egypt Extension

The Great Pyramids and 4-Day Nile Cruise

Archaeology, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
8 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

I learned a lot about the history and culture of the region. Enjoyed dinner with archaeologists, the amazing pyramids, tombs and Coptic ruins, visiting the nomads. Staying in tents in the desert was fun. Marcia O., Sacramento, CA This is a great trip! What a wonderful way to see one of the most remote parts of the world. Nancy D., Missoula, MT
I'm always looking for something different and I got it with this trip. High marks! Don C., Topanga, CA