Khartoum to the Pyramids of Meroe
Leaving Khartoum we first we head north to the ancient site of Naga. Here, we make our first camp and visit the beautiful sandstone temple of Apedemak with its walls richly engraved with images of Meroitic kings and gods. After a stop to explore the Elephant and Lion Temples at Musawwarat, the pyramids of the necropolis of Meroe slowly come into view, rising up among yellow Saharan sand dunes. More than twenty pyramids stand proud, most extremely well-preserved.
Bayuda Desert, Nomads & Nile
Next, we head for Atbara and cross the Nile to enter the Bayuda desert, characterised by sharp volcanic black basalt mountains. Driving through this vast wilderness we're likely to see dorcas gazelles and meet camel caravans of the Bisharin nomads. After a night out under starlit desert skies we reach Karima at the foot of isolated Jebel Barkal. We'll then explore the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and their patron Amon, and take a day trip to the newly formed lake that has covered the rapids of the 4th Cataract of the Nile.
Nile Valley, Temples & Nubians
Before entering the Nubian desert we stop to visit tombs at the ancient city of Napata, richly decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and images, and housed in pyramids. Then, there's time to explore villages and enjoy traditional Nubian hospitality on the banks of the Nile. Finally, driving south, we'll admire Coptic Christian temples at Old Dongola, cross the western desert and return to Khartoum.
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