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Sudan

SUDAN HOLIDAYS & TOURS

One of Africa's largest countries, the vast deserts and rocky landscapes of Sudan have always attracted intrepid explorers looking to discover the secrets of the ancient civilisations and ruins found within the Nubian desert. From the dusty old streets and the bustling souks of the capital city Khartoum to the beauty of the Nile Valley, home to Egyptian tombs and lost Turkish and Roman cities, Sudan offers a completely unique travel experience.

Join one of our small group tours as we explore this vast and mysterious North African country. Starting in Khartoum all of our 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 people and culture when spending the night in a traditional Nubian house.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Sudan?

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 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

TOUR REVIEWS

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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.

Encounters Travel did an excellent job in all aspects of our trip! Egypt was amazing and the trip was made especially enjoyable as a result of the quality of the guides. I highly recommend Encounters Travel!
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I thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.

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Sudan Country Guide

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Factfile


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.

Small Group Sudan TOURS

TAILOR-MADE Sudan TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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