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SUDAN TOURS

One of Africa's largest countries, our Sudan tours have always attracted intrepid explorers looking to discover the secrets of the ancient civilisations and ruins found within the Nubian desert.

Tour Sudan and explore its dusty old streets and the bustling souks of the capital city Khartoum to the beauty of the Nile Valley and the ever friendly Sudanese people, home to Egyptian tombs and lost Turkish and Roman cities, our Sudan tours offers a completely unique travel experience.

Join one of our small group Sudan tours as we explore this vast and mysterious North African country.

Kicking off in mesmerising Khartoum our Sudan tours explore the untamed beauty of the Nubian Desert as we travel through strange rock formations and forgotten temples on the way to the black pyramids of Meroe and the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal.

Enjoy tranquil nights sleeping under the stars in our desert camps or learn more about the local Sudanese people and culture when spending the night in a traditional Nubian house – making a Sudan tour one of the most memorable holiday destination imaginable! A Sudan tour can also be partnered with its neighbouring countries. Contact us for more details.

Do you want to tour Sudan but need more inspiration? Here are some quick facts that will make you want to explore Africa.
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Sudan

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Min: 2 | Max: 16

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B- 9, L - 8, D - 6

Highlights:

Capital city Khartoum, Sufi Whirling Dervishes, old souk of Omdurman, Naga & Mussawarat, Meroe Pyramids, Jebel Barkal, Nubian house in Karim...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are Sudan tours safe?

Sudan is safe for tourists to visit if you avoid the dangerous areas and follow the advice of authorities.

What is the official currency of Sudan?

The currency used in Sudan is the Sudanese pound (SD), which is made up of 100 subunits known as piastre or qirsh.

When is the best time of the year for Sudan tours?

The best time to visit is from November to February, as the temperatures are the lowest, making travel more comfortable. March to May is a good time for diving trips in the Red Sea.

When is the best time of the year to visit Sudan?

The best time to visit is from November to February, as the temperatures are the lowest, making travel more comfortable. March to May is a good time for diving trips in the Red Sea.

What should you wear in Sudan?

Dress conservatively if you are a woman, and cover your legs, cleavage and shoulders. Men should avoid wearing shorts or being bare-chested in public areas.

Can you drink the tap water in Sudan?

The water is unsafe to drink in Sudan, so you should only drink bottled water during your trip

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When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!

My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.

The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.

I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

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Sudan Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +249
Area: 1,886 million km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Sudan is the Red Sea at 0m | The highest point in Sudan is Kinyeti at 3,187m (10,456 ft.)
Population: 41,511,526 (2018)
Capital: Khartoum
Governemnt: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic
Language: Arabic, Englis

Sudan, also known as North Sudan since South Sudan's independence and officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a country in North Africa. The country is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest.

The most widely spoken language in the country is Sudanese Arabic. This language is a variety of Arabic and has borrowed much vocabulary from local Nilo-Saharan languages (Nobiin, Fur, Zaghawa, Mabang). As a result, the dialect is unique to Sudan.

Following the 2011 division, which split off Sudan, more than 97% of the population practises Islam. Many of the Muslim locals are divided between two groups: Sufi and Salafi (Ansar Al-Sunnah) Muslims. Religious identity has played a role in the political divisions.

The terrain of Sudan is characterised by flat plains and mountain ranges. In the west, the Deriba Caldera in the Marrah Mountains is the highest point in Sudan. Sudan is the third-largest country in the country in the world (after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

The most important sector in Sudan is agriculture, which contributes to 39% of GDP. The legal system in Sudan is based on Islamic Sharia law - a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. The capital of Sudan is Khartoum, situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.

Highlights

  • Nuba Mountains - a forested area home to the Nuba group of people in South Kordofan.
  • Kerma - one of the oldest inhabited towns in Africa and a vast archaeological site in Nubia.
  • Kerma Museum - an edifice displaying relics from the Kerma site, with seven granite statues and Nubian artefacts.
  • Port Sudan - Sudan's only major industrial port with historical buildings, and a popular diving destination.
  • National Museum - one of Sudan's best museums displaying royal statues and 3,500-year-old artefacts.
  • Naqa - a ruined ancient city and trading station, east of the Nile, with two striking temples.
  • Sai Island - an island in Abri, with an Egyptian temple, Ottoman fort and a medieval church.
  • Khatmiyah Mosque - positioned by the Taka Mountains, this elaborate mosque has arcade columns and a prayer hall.

Tips

  • Ask permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.
  • Eat with your right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean.
  • Stay hydrated throughout your trip, as the weather is extremely warm and dry.
  • As Sudan is an Islamic state, drugs and alcohol are illegal in the country.
  • Bring loose-fitting and comfortable clothing along with sun cream and a hat.
  • Don't expect to see markets selling souvenirs, as Sudan is not a touristy place.
  • When entering a mosque, women will be expected to cover their heads.
  • Homosexuality is illegal in Sudan and in some cases has been punishable by death.

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