Sudan (Khartoum and Meroe)

Got our visa within one day at the Sudanese Embassy, just behind the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo. Flew to Khartoum on Egypt Air. City much nicer than expected. Visited nearby Omdurman (former home of Osama Bin Laden) and Al-Shifa factory (bombarded by Bill Clinton govt. in 1998). Drove 3 hours via Nile Cataract to fantastic Meroe Pyramids.

Best Hotel in Khartoum: Al Salam Rotana *****

Alternative: maybe Coral (ex-Hilton)**** or Grand Hotel Holiday Villa***/* for hotel history lovers

Hotel in Meroe: Meroe Desert Camp ***

Grand Hotel Khartoum

Grand Hotel Khartoum

Khartoum lies near the confluence of White Nile and Blue Nile. Here cruising at the 6. Cataract (rapids)

Khartoum lies near the confluence of White Nile and Blue Nile. Here cruising at the 6. Cataract (rapids)

Meroe Tented Camp

Meroe Tented Camp

Meroe Pyramids

Meroe Pyramids

Ride on a Camel

Ride on a Camel

Ride over a Camel

Ride over a Camel

Al Shifa Factory, on the outskirts of Khartoum (bombed by Clinton)

Al Shifa Factory, on the outskirts of Khartoum (bombed by Clinton)

See my report about a later trip to South Sudan here (click)

The Nile and its Cataracts. Source: Wikipedia

The Nile and its Cataracts. Source: Wikipedia

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