A Photographic Journey Through Sudan's Nubian Desert
Many travelers have wondered: is it safe to travel to Sudan right now? Our resounding answer is absolutely. Even amid current political disruption, we have made a conscientious—and meticulous—decision to continue our small-group trips there. Our journey to Sudan gives travelers the unique opportunity to see Sudan with their own eyes—to interact with its people, learning about their ways of life and opening important lines of communication and understanding.
An overarching priority for every GeoEx trip is traveler safety. Along with our associates in Sudan, we carefully monitor travel conditions throughout the country and maintain nearly round-the-clock logistics, air, security, and emergency assistance. You can rest easy knowing our trips include emergency medical evacuation and medical advisory services, as well as secondary medical expense insurance for each traveler. We want your journey to be about journeying, not worrying.
While on our January 2019 departure of Ancient Riches of Sudan's Nubian Desert, GeoEx traveler Nichon Thorstrom-Smith explored the ancient pyramids, temples, and tombs of the ancient Nubians. Below are some of her beautiful Sudan pictures from the small-group trip. You can see more of her stunning travel photography on Instagram @farfarawaynic.
Every Friday evening as the sun sets, the whirling Dervish of the Sufi order march through this cemetery to start their ceremonial dancing.
Greetings from a smiling dervish as he continues the ritual of song, dance, and prayer.
A whirling dervish man in the midst of the weekly ritual of song, dance, and prayer.
Donkey carts are still used throughout the country to transport goods and people.
Prayer is an integral part of daily life.
Exploring the Temple of Soleb, built by the same pharaoh who created Luxor in Egypt.
The hieroglyphic inscriptions and figures have stood the test of time and are still clearly visible.
Unused structures eventually get incorporated back into the desert sands.
A beautiful sunset in the Nubian Desert of Sudan.
Desert Tented Camp, where the group camped in the Nubian Desert. The tents were chosen to blend into the surrounding boulder field.
Royal burial mounds on the Island of Sai.
Exploring Sebu, a canyon renowned for its prolific petroglyphs, ranging from ancient animals to convoys of boats.
The Third Cataract of the Nile, viewed from a hilltop that hosts an Ottoman Fort.
Portraits of a young nomadic girl and boy.
A camel rests after having his fill of water at a well.
Guests and drivers having fun at a ferry crossing.
At Sudan's oldest pyramids, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site: they date back to 7th century BCE. Also the burial site of King Taharqa, one of the most powerful African pharaohs in history.
Highly valued in Sudan, camels are used to determine a family's wealth.
Young girl sits by the water barrel that will hold her family's water for a few days. The families patiently wait their turn, which may take hours. The donkey that hauled the barrel to the well is turned loose to browse what vegetation it can find while they wait.
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