In March 2014, a bunch of us made a trip to Sudan. It was a most memorable outing, with new travel experiences not available elsewhere in the world. Here’s the collection of the entries I have made on this website on this wonderful journey.
We spend several days in Khartoum before embarking on a tour of the famed archaelogical sites in the deserts of northern Sudan. While in Khartoum, we are indeed honoured and grateful to be hosted by H.E. The Ambassador of Malaysia to the Sudan, Dato’ Ashri Muda and his lovely missus, Datin Rohayahti. (March 2014)
Our final leg of the Sudan trip is a road trip from Dongola to Kerma and back to Khartoum, a 550-km drive through the hot Sahara. Kerma is a huge archaelogical site, with ruins some 9,500 years old. An urban centre started here about 5,000 years ago, and this is regarded as Sudan’s earliest culture. Here’s an HD slideshow of this leg of the journey, especially Kerma. (March 2014)
We have stayed in Marawi for two nights and today we have to leave our cosy, modern hotel on the bank of the Nile for three destinations — the Pyramids of Nuri, a Nile orchard and our lodging in Dongola, some 180km northwest of here, which means another desert-crossing before the day ends. (March 2014)
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)
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)
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)
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)