14.01.2010 – 17.01.2010
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 ***