- 31 January
- 6 March
Day 1: Khartoum. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight: Hotel Sharga or similar.
Day 2: Khartoum–Wad Medani–Jebel Moya. Visit the Ethnographic Museum, which gives a good insight into the variety of Sudan’s different ethnic populations. We then depart on our adventure, heading south. Not far from the little town of Wad Medani we visit the ruins of the Sultan’s Funji palace, whose dynasty ruled this part of Sudan between 15th and 18th centuries. Dinner and overnight at the camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 3-5: Jebel Moya-Kosti–Renk-Fashoda. We follow the sealed road to reach Kosti, where we cross the Nile on the only bridge over the river from here to its springs. We follow the river on its western bank on an unsealed track which goes through Renk and reaches Fashoda, a village on the Nile banks. This village became famous due to French and English troops at the end of the 19th century both trying to get this unexplored territory under their control. We are in the homelands of the Shilluk, a Nilotic race of people, very tall and thin with deep scarifications on the face. The Shilluk have maintained their traditional customs, connected predominantly to animal farming. Dinners and overnight in camp close to the villages. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 6-8: Kau, Niaro, Fungor, Western Nuba villages. The most exciting part of the journey begins. We enter the South Kordofan region, with its huge savannah lands of yellow dry grass dotted with acacia trees. In the middle of these never ending grass lands, we suddenly see some granite hills, made up of huge round boulders. As if hidden between those rocks, we find the huts of the Nuba villages of Kau, Niaro and Fungor. The magical fascination of these little villages between the boulders is unspoiled. Dinners and overnight in camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 9-11: Talodi, Nuba Masakin villages. We drive across the savannah land of South Kordofan, until we reach Jebel Tosi, a granite hill where there are some interesting rock carvings. Not far from is the area inhabited by the Nuba Masakin. Although of Nuba origin, this ethnic group speak a different language and have totally different traditions. The Masakin people are even more welcoming than other groups. Their huts are very often joined for protection in groups of 4-5 buildings by a red mud fence. Dinners and overnight in camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 12-13: Kadugli–Kauda and the mountain Nuba. We reach Kadugli, the most important town in South Kordofan, where we can stock up for the following days. We drive north, to enter the mountain region. In this area we’ll have the opportunity to reach the Western Nuba villages and tribes. Dinners and overnights in camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 14-15: Rahad-Kosti–Khartoum. We keep on driving north and leave the Nuba region behind, following the White Nile. After our final camp in the desert we reach Khartoum where we have time to freshen up; at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (Day 14 – Includes: (B, L, D), Day 15 – Includes: (B, L).
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Africa Sudan Local Culture Cultural Journey