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history • 12 days, 11 nights

Secrets of Sudan: Pyramids & Ancient Kingdoms

history • 12 days, 11 nights

Secrets of Sudan: Pyramids & Ancient Kingdoms

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $5,680 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us for an epic journey to discover Sudan's ancient history and hidden gems. Home to some of the world's most spectacular historical artifacts, Sudan has an incredible wealth of ancient sites—more than can be found even in Egypt. Following the Nile from Khartoum northward into the desert, you'll unlock the secrets of the ancient Nubian Kingdom of Kush and the rule of the Black Pharaohs and Meroitic kings. Along the way, you'll encounter the majestic pyramids at Meroe and Jebel Barkal. This place only reveals its stories and secrets to those willing to explore its vast desert landscape.

  • Crisscross the Nile to trace centuries-old ancient Egyptian and Nubian history
  • Meet Bisharin nomads and Nubian locals
  • Camp in the Sudanese desert
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Meroe and Jebel Barkal
  • Travel by 4WD through incredible landscapes to see the remains of ancient civilizations at Naqa and Musawwarat


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


This trip price is based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,075. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.


During this trip we’ll be staying at a variety of accommodations. The hotel in Khartoum is an international standard with Western-style private bathroom facilities. Outside Khartoum, however, the lodgings are basic. For our nights out in the desert, we’ll be in nice, pre-set tents (one might even call it “glamping”), but these camps do not have 24-hour electricity in the rooms, and each tent’s bathroom facility is a short walk behind the tent.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking up to three hours each day, with lots of time spent outdoors, moving around, and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs, sand, and rocky terrain. During the day’s activities and in transit, toilet facilities may be limited to “bush toilets” or basic squat toilets of inconsistent cleanliness standards.


This is an overland journey that relies on long, rigorous drives in 4WD vehicles over rough, bumpy roads. On days when the distance to be covered is particularly long, we’ll make sure to stop regularly.

While not required, soft suitcases are appreciated as they're easier to pack into the vehicles.

Arrival & Departure

Most international flights arrive very early in the morning (before 2AM). We've arranged for an extra hotel night stay (Day 1) so that no matter what time you arrive, you can check in and get some sleep.  You'll meet up with the group on Day 2.

Departing flights also leave quite late, so there's a chance your flight might be close to midnight on Day 11. You have the hotel room for the night however so you can stay in your room as late as you need.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels and safari-style tented camps
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Two experienced Leaders (one European, one Sudanese) to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All tips and gratuities except for accompanying Trip Leaders
  • Transportation and flights to and from Khartoum
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings (please note that alcohol is illegal in Sudan however you will find non-alcoholic beer options)
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on important archaeological sites will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations. With the help of Friends Of Sudan/Amici del Sudan (an Italian NGO founded by our trip partners) your trip is supporting a school near the Meroe, called Tarabil, and digging a well to allow some nomadic tribes to bring their herds of animals back to their ancestral lands.

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