The Pyramids of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe

From the ruins of Musawarrat es-Sufra, it’s a 25km dirt track to get back onto the sealed Khartoum-Atbara road, and another 50km northwards before we get to this icon of Sudan — the Pyramids of Meroe, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, comprising three large zones of pyramids (royal tombs) built between 8th century BC and 350 AD. (March 2014)

Crossing the Bayuda Desert to Musawwarat es-Sufra Ruins in Meroe

Today we travel 450km to the ruins of Musawwarat es-Sufra in Meroe, on the other side of the Bayuda desert. The Kingdom of Kush started on this side of the desert in 11th century BC, with its capital at Jebel Barkal. In 300 BC, the capital was shifted 280km southeast to Meroe, and it lasted till the kingdom ended in 350 AD — this is called the Meroitic period of the Kingdom of Kush. (March 2014)

The Ruins of Jebel Barkal in Northern Sudan

We visit the crown jewel of ancient Nubian history, the ‘holy mountain’ of Jebel Barkal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once made capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kush (11th century BC to 350 AD), it is surrounded by amazing ruins of temples, palaces and pyramids. (March 2014)

Khartoum to Marawi, a Desert Crossing

We do a 450km drive from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to Marawi, a town to north on the banks of the Nile river. We cross the Nubian desert, which in turn forms the extreme eastern portion of the colossal Sahara desert of northern Africa. (March 2014)