SD1 ETHIOPIA, DJIBOUTI & SUDAN TOUR

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Khartoum City Tour & Dervish Ceremony; More pyramids than Egypt! Nile Cruise; Meeting local nomads; Djibouti: up-and-coming destination; Lowest point in Africa, lunar landscapes; Unique and fascinating Harar; Addis Ababa city tour

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (see note below, if applicable) - All pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person pricing for the TOUR AND INTERNAL FLIGHTS ONLY; however, we can book flights from your home airport to join the tour for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 01 Nov 2017Sat 18 Nov 2017 $6990 USD Last-minute Availability
Wed 17 Jan 2018Sat 03 Feb 2018 $6990 USD
Wed 31 Oct 2018Sat 17 Nov 2018 $6990 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $1333 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $667, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


This bold and unique new adventure travels the road MUCH less travelled, to three fascinating and friendly neighbours with much to offer the intrepid traveller. Northern Sudan enjoys good roads, security and stability, and some of the most dramatic, yet least- visited archaeological sites in the world--more pyramids than Egypt! Our European hosts own their own vehicles, accommodation outside the capital, and ensure top quality service and comfort well beyond expectation. Djibouti is touted as "Africa's Dubai," and is regarded as a major up-and-coming destination with much to see and experience. And our foray into Ethiopia covers a unique corner of the country not covered on our regular tours of the country.

Regions visited: North And West Africa and East Africa
Countries visited: Sudan; Djibouti and Ethiopia


Testimonials


I particularly enjoyed the archaeological sites in Sudan and the walking tour of Harar. Our local guides were excellent. The four wheel drive vehicles were ideal. The food especially in the Sudan far exceeded my expectations. Our tour leader was excellent, he really wants to make sure everyone enjoys the tour. The hotels were also very good. A very enjoyable tour.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Addis Ababa
Arrival at Addis Ababa Airport. Welcome to Ethiopia!

Overnight in Addis Ababa.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Addis Ababa: City Tour
This morning we tour Addis Ababa with a visit to Ethiopia's National and Ethnographic Museum. One of its most famous residents is Lucy, a proto-human skull discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and believed to be 3.5 million years old. The Ethnographic Museum, on the university campus of Addis Ababa, displays many items important to daily life in rural Ethiopia. A brief section also pertains to the life of the late Haile Selassie, Ethiopia's last emperor, crowned in 1930.

We also visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the second most-important place of worship in Ethiopia and the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Overnight in Addis Ababa.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Addis Ababa - Awash National Park
Today we travel by road (+/- 2-3 hours, good road) to Awash National Park, located in the northern part of the Great Rift Valley at the point where the rift widens out into the Afar depression. This National Park was the first to be established in Ethiopia mainly on advice given by UNESCO on account of the great numbers and varieties of wild mammals and bir.

While in the vicinity, we'll make a foray into the park with the hope of seeing some African wildlife and to enjoy the unique topoaphy and vegetation.

Overnight at Awash.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Awash - Dire Dawa: Town Tour
This morning we'll have another foray into the park before continuing our journey to Dire Dawa (+/- 4 hours, good road).

Dire Dewa was founded in 1902 when the railroad from Djibouti reached the area, and its growth has resulted largely from trade brought by the railroad. Dire Dawa is also an ideal site of ethnic variety whereby the diversified cultural styles of Oromo, Somali, Afar, Harari and others are easily observed.

On arrival this afternoon we'll have a look at Dire Dawa and it's French era railway station and interesting spice market.

Overnight at Dire Dawa.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Dire Dawa - Harar: City Touring
Today our road journey continues to Harar (54 km, good road). On arrival we begin our sightseeing program.

The medieval walled city of Harar stands amid green mountains, on the east wall of the Great Rift Valley near the Somali border. Harar's heritage is almost entirely Muslim and Oriental; with its 90 mosques and shrines. Harar is considered to be the fourth most sacred center of the Islamic world. Its Islamic character is best expressed in the Grand Mosque (AL JAMI), which dominates the town. It is rightly renowned for it's intricately worked filigree jewelry of silver, gold, and amber.

This evening we will visit the town's most enduring attraction: a "hyena man show," where you can get a chance to stretch out your hands to feed hyenas by your own.

Overnight in Harar.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Harar Sightseeing - Dire Dawa, Ethiopia - Djibouti City, Djibouti
Today we explore the walled city of Harar, with the Christian and Muslim markets, the former residence of the French author, Arthur Rimbaud, and the Harari Museum that depicts the interior architecture and decoration of the homes of the Harari people.

Harar stands on the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, with wonderful views of the vast Danakil Desert to the north, the fertile Harar Mountains to the west, and the cattle rich Ogaden plains to the south. Harar is the provincial capital of Ethiopia's largest administrative region, Hararge. Once fiercely religious, Harar was a forbidden city and closed to visitors until 1887 CE, when King Menelik restored central rule. Harar has much of its 16th century CE architecture and city walls still intact, and with its 99 mosques, including the 16th century Grand Mosque. Harar is unlike anywhere else in Ethiopia and has played a pivotal role both historically and contemporarily in the current excellent relations between Ethiopian Muslims and Christians.

Harar's Megalo Gugo Market is a center for beautiful baskets of woven grass, decorative wall-mats and bright shawls, as well as all the fruit, vegetables, spices and grains of the province. Harar's five gates -- the only means to enter or leave the city center -- have been guarded over the years. One of the gates of the city happens to be the impressive 'Shawa Gate', which for centuries served as a bridgehead for the entry of Islamic ideas into Africa from the nearby Arabian Peninsula. You'll have some free time to enjoy the atmosphere of this special place.

Later we drive back to Dire Dawa in time to connect with our late afternoon flight to Djibouti City where we'll have dinner on arrival.

Overnight in Djibouti City.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Djibouti City: City Tour - Tadjoura & Sables Blancs
Djibouti City is the capital and largest city of Djibouti, located in the coastal region on the Gulf of Tadjoura. Home to around 600,000 inhabitants, the city contains over 60% of the nation's population. The settlement was founded in 1888 by the French on land leased from the ruling Somali and Afar Sultans. During the ensuing period, it served as the capital of French Somaliland and its successor the French Territory of the Afars and Issas. Under its veneer of urban bustle, the city remains a down-to-earth place, with jarring cultural and social combinations. Traditionally robed Afar tribesmen, stalwart GIs, well-dressed Somali women and frazzled businessmen with the latest mobile phones stuck to their ear all jostle side by side.

We'll have a panoramic tour of the city during which we plan to see the colourful market, the railway station, and the main port.

Later we take a ferry across the Gulf of Tadjoura to Sables Blancs (+/- 1 hour).

We'll have a bit of sightseeing around town before heading to Sable Blancs Beach for a bit of down time.

Overnight in Sable Blancs.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Tadjourah - Lake Assal - Djibouti City
Today we travel by road southwest to Lake Assal via Tadjourah, the capital of one of the six regions in Djibouti. Located in the North-Central part of Djibouti it is also known as The White City. The Sultanate of Tadjoura has many white buildings and is a historic city. This was where the French colonization started when the sultan granted a piece of land to the French. Soon Djibouti City became the most important city of the country. Nowadays it serves as an important port and a fishing place.

a saline lake which lies 155 m (509 ft) below sea level in the Afar Triangle, making it the lowest point on land in Africa and the second-lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea.

Situated in the Danakil Desert, the lake is bounded by hills on the western region. No outflow occurs from the lake, and due to high evaporation, the salinity level of its waters is 10 times that of the sea, making it the most saline in the world after Don Juan Pond, Antarctica. Salt extraction by the Afar nomad tribes of camel drivers and Issas from Lake Assal's salt bank established the ancient caravan routes. These linked the lake with the mountains of Ethiopia for barter trading such items as sorghum, coal, and other commodities. Salt was also bartered with South Abyssinia for items like coffee, ivory, musk, and also (historically) slaves. It was a source of wealth for the local tribes.

We continue our road journey back to Djibouti City where might finish any sightseeing left undone on our last visit.

Overnight in Djibouti City.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Djibouti City, Djibouti - Khartoum, Sudan
Today we fly from Djibouti City to Khartoum, Sudan.

Because of a lack of air connections in the region, today's journey might be somewhat convoluted, with stops possibly in Dire Dawa and Addis.

Overnight in Khartoum.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Khartoum: City Tour & Dervish Ceremony
This morning we start our Khartoum city tour. First is the Archaeological Museum, which features, among other things, two beautiful temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area when it was flooded in the 1970's. We then cross the confluence between the Blue and the White Niles near the Presidential Palace where, in 1885, General Gordon was beheaded by the Mahdi's troops. Later we reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan, where we see the Mahdi's Tomb from outside.

In the afternoon we visit the interesting Khalifa's House which holds a small museum about the Mahdyia. We then visit the colourful souk of Omdurman where we experience a large, colourful and lively local market and interact with the friendly locals.

At sunset time we move near the tomb of the Sufi leader, Ahmed al Nil, to observe the Sufi 'Whirling Dervishes Ceremony', held only on Fridays. This is not the formal kind of ceremony that one may have seen in Turkey with actual whirling as such, but rather a very casual and informal "dancing" and moving to beat-driven music. The atmosphere is celebratory and the locals get involved and vistors are made to feel very welcome. Indeed, this may be the only place in the country where we encounter other tourists in significant numbers.

We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Khartoum.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Khartoum - Temples of Naga & Mussawara - Meroe
This morning we begin our road journey northward. After about 50 km, we get into a desert area covered with huge round granite boulders; these are the last offshoots of the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract of the Nile. We leave the asphalt road and drive for about 30 km on a desert track among many camel thorn acacia trees to visit two archaeological sites.

The site of Naga is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period. In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century AD), a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion's head, the Pharaoh, noblemen, and several ritual images.

A few metres away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named "kiosk", in which we can notice Egyptian, Roman, and Greek styles all at the same time. Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs.

We then go to Mussawarat, not far away from Naga. This settlement is located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Here the ruins of a very large temple are visible; it once played an important role. Its main characteristic, the "Great Enclosure," is made by many constructions and boundary walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century AD. The large number of elephants represented on these walls makes you think that this animal used to have an important role in this area. Beyond the big wadi there is another temple -- restored by a German archaeological mission -- dedicated to the god Apedemak. We have a picnic lunch in the area and then return to the main road continuing north.

Suddenly more than 40 pyramids located on top of a hill come into view, some of them perfectly- preserved. This is the Royal Necropolis of Meroe.

Arrival at the Meroe Camp with a beautiful view of the pyramids.

THE MEROE CAMP
Meroe Tented Camp is located in Bagarwyia, (about 230 km north of Khartoum) overlooking the beautiful pyramids of Meroe. Accommodation consists of 22 twin-bedded tents (4x4m), tastefully-furnished. Each one has its own private separate bathroom hut with shower and toilet (located a short walk from your tent). The camp is located 2 km from the Royal Necropolis. Each tent is equipped with a veranda with two comfortable chairs to relax in front of the astonishing view of more than forty pyramids. The electricity in the tents is supplied by a generator working till 11:00 pm. The camp is managed by an Italian manager with the help of well-trained Sudanese staff.

Overnight at Meroe Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Meroe, the Necropolis & Royal City of Meroe
Our morning is dedicated to a visit to the pyramids. The Royal Necropolis of Meroe is located at about 3 km from the Nile on some hills covered by yellow sand dunes. Several pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Each one has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the king's life and offerings to the gods.

In the afternoon we move along the Nile to visit the ruins of the royal city. The excavations confirm that the town of Meroe used to cover a large area and the royal city was located in a central position, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall. Most of the area where the city is located, formed by many small hills covered by red clay fragments, is yet to be excavated.

Overnight at Meroe Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Meroe - Bayuda Desert - Karima
After breakfast we leave Meroe and cross the Nile via a 'ponton,' the local ferry boat, and enter the Bayuda Desert. These ferries are a hive of colourful activities; we may find ourselves sharing space with people, donkeys, camels and goats!

The Bayuda Desert is an area bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and characterised by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. They alternate with level pebble stretches and large valleys crossed by dry wadis where only little vegetation survives and gazelles can sometimes be seen.

We are likely to meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells, with their caravans and herds of camels and donkeys.

In the first part of the crossing we drive among sand dunes. After some kilometres on the asphalt road, the adventure continue following the Wadi Abu Dom, driving on a sandy track among many acacia trees and some wells where it is possible to meet nomads. Arrival at Merowe, on the Nile, where we cross the bridge to reach the comfortable Nubian Rest House.

The Nubian Rest House:
Karima is a small town located on the right bank of the Nile, close to the famous archaeological site at the foot of Jebel Barkal, south of the 4th Cataract. The town is a small, dusty and calm village where a big market takes place in the morning. The Nubian Rest House is a charming small hotel built in the typical Nubian style just at the foot of Jebel Barkal, the holy mountain of the old Egyptian and Nubian Pharaohs. It is surrounded by a large private enclosure, with a nice garden and leisure area. Each of the 22 A/C rooms is characterized by a peculiar Nubian door with its own private bathroom and a pleasant veranda. The decor and finishing have been carefully selected. A reception area, restaurant and lounge with decorated walls complete the wonderful setting. All the buildings are made with local bricks covered by hand-spread clay plaster as used in the Nubian area. The hotel is Italian-managed with the help of well-trained Sudanese staff.

Overnight at Nubian Rest House.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Karima: Jebel Barkal & the Necropolis of El Kurru
A landmark in the Nubian Desert, Jebel Barkal ("Jebel" means mountain in Arabic) can be seen from a few dozen kilometres while still in the open desert. At the foot of this wonderful and isolated red sandstone mountain, considered holy since the ancient times, stands a large temple dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron, Amon. Amon's ancient "Pure Mountain", the Olympus of the Nubians, was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1,000 years. Besides the ruins of the big temple, there are still several sculpted granite rams that were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the pier on the Nile. In the mountain wall there is a big room decorated with bas-relief.

The Jebel Barkal archaeological sites are on the World Heritage list. The royal necropolis of the ancient city of Napata, the Nubian capital (from 800 to 400 BC) before the Meroitic period, had a large number of pyramids located in three different places: few hundred metres north of Jebel Barkal; a dozen kilometres southwards from the holy mountain, in El Kurru; in Nuri, located on the other bank of the Nile.

After lunch we move southwards to the village of El Kurru where there is one of the necropolises of the ancient capital, Napata. Here we can visit one tomb, which is excavated in the rock under pyramids -- partially collapsed -- and totally decorated with images of the Pharaoh, the gods, and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. Not far from here there is an interesting site of petrified wood, an ancient forest with hundreds of huge trunks. In the late afternoon we return to Karima.

Overnight at Nubian Rest House.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Karima - Old Dongola - Karima
Today is a long day on the road but full of interesting encounters and visits. Early in the morning we will follow the Nile until we reach the archaeological site of Old Dongola. Here there are the rest of a Christian Coptic temple with marble columns as well as several suggestive ruins of churches situated on the banks of the Nile.

This area is the central part of the Nubian region. Here the population lives in small villages amongst yellow sand dunes and palm trees they speak a different language from the Arabs and Islam is not as "strict" as in other regions. The women don't cover their faces and readily speak to foreigners. Some houses in the Nubian Villages are painted with pattern of flowers, but most of them are completely white. We eat our picnic in a Nubian house; tea and coffee will be prepared by the Nubian family.

In the evening return to the Nubian Rest House in Karima.

Overnight in Karima.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 Karima: Cruise on the Nile & the Necropolis of Nuri
After breakfast we visit the market in Karima, where we can have a real experience of the life of Sudanese people. We then board a small motorboat for a pleasant cruise along the Nile to enjoy the beautiful sand stretches and cultivated islands along the river. A little further northward there used to be the beautiful granite rocky formations of the 4th Cataract, which prevented the Nile from flowing slowly and formed many rapids that obstructed the navigation. In April 2008 the Dam of Merowee has been completed and the flooding of the artificial lake started. Picnic in the area.

After lunch, we visit the archaeological site of Nuri where we can see many pyramids among which there is also the one of the great Taharqa.

Return to the Nubian Rest House for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight in Karima.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Karima - Khartoum
Today we drive south along the tarmac road across the Western Desert. We stop for lunch in a simple "chai house" (a roadhouse where the local truck drivers stop for food and to rest) and in the afternoon we reach Khartoum for a bit of a rest before our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Khartoum.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Departure from Khartoum
Departure from Khartoum.

RHLAH S'IDAH (BON VOYAGE!)

Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Grand Holiday Villa


Location: Khartoum
Country: Sudan

Built in the late 1800, the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites Khartoum's historical building exudes an old world charm
... the colonial era. Centrally located in the heart of Khartoum's commercial hub, this hotel features 160 guest room, in addition to office suites, a shopping arcade and an exclusive recreational club. With royal visitors of the past including Thomas Cook, Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria, rest assured of 5-star conveniences and modern facilities to ensure a memorable stay in the grand city of Khartoum, Sudan.
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Meroe Camp


Location: Meroe
Country: Sudan

Meroe tented Camp is located in Bagarwyia, (about 230 km north of Khartoum) overlooking the beautiful pyramids of Meroe.
... consists of 22 twin-bedded tents (4x4 m), tastefully-furnished. Each one has its own private bathroom hut with shower and toilet (a short walk from your tent). The camp is located 2 km from the Royal Necropolis. Each tent is equipped with a veranda with two comfortable chairs to relax in front of the astonishing view of more than forty pyramids.
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Nubian Guest House


Location: Karima
Country: Sudan

The Nubian Rest House is a charming small hotel built in the typical Nubian style just at the foot of
... Barkal, the holy mountain of the old Egyptian and Nubian Pharaohs. It is surrounded by a large private enclosure, with a nice garden and leisure area. Each of the 22 A/C rooms is characterized by a peculiar Nubian door with its own private bathroom and a pleasant veranda.
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Atlantic Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Djibouti
Country: Djibouti

Modern, Elegant the Atlantic Hotel is one of kind located in the city center, an unbeatable location for easy access
... most interesting area of the city.
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Samrat Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Dire Dawa
Country: Ethiopia

Samrat is a four star hotel located in the heart of Dire Dawa Kezira at the gateway of Addis Ababa.
... hotel is just ten minutes from the Aba Tena Dejazmach Yilma International (Dire Dawa) airport.
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Awash Falls Lodge


Location: Awash
Country: Ethiopia

The Awash Falls Lodge is located in the most southwestern limit of an ancient conservation area, the Awash National Park,
... only nearest Park to the capital Addis Ababa, with 205 km in the East. The location of the Lodge in the surrounding fantastic diversity of nature and related entertainment activities provided by the Lodge has been called by many as 'The Little Paradise'.
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Wassamar Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Addis Ababa
Country: Ethiopia




Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner daily; most lunches (most will be picnic lunches). Bottled drinking water provided. All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters (where available), local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arrivals / late departures if extra accommodation is booked through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, drinks (other than water, tea / coffee), personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees*, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance (you are required to be medically insured). Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally-paid departure taxes.

* Sudan visa: US$135 in advance (we bill you); Canadians pay US$100 cash on arrival in Khartoum; USA passport holders pay $150 per person cash on arrival.

Djibouti visa: Available on arrival for US$90 / Euro 70

Ethiopia visa: US$50 available on arrival.

More details on visas provided upon reservation.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is planned for the coolest and most comfortable time of the year in the entire region. That said, we will still encounter dry heat and humidity near water and at lower elevations. Rainfall is unlikely.

Transport and Travel Conditions

This tour visits the safe areas of Northern Sudan which enjoys good security and stability (we do not visit South Sudan). Our local partners at destination own and operate our accommodations and vehicles outside of Khartoum and take security very seriously. That said, we encourage travellers to review DFAIT (Canada) and US Dept of State websites for more information. There are no government travel advisories for Djibouti or Ethiopia.

City tours in Khartoum, Djibouti City, and Addis Ababa are conducted by a single touring coach / bus; elsewhere, our ground transport will be provided by multiple, modern and spacious, air-conditioned Toyota Landcruiser 4x4 vehicles (or similar). Most roads travelled in Sudan are paved, though some are in rough shape and there may be some unpaved stretches. Roads in Djibouti and Ethiopia are mixed paved and unpaved, and some sections are rough and dusty (please refer to the tour itinerary for more detail).

We have rated this tour a "Level 2" largely because the length of some travel days, the rough roads, the heat and dust, the basic nature of some accommodation (baggage handling not available), and the remoteness of locales visited. This is an ambitious adventure that requires a sturdy constitution, flexibility, and a spirit of adventure.

Accommodation

Our hotels in all three capital cities are clean and comfortable, Western-style and modern 4-star properties. Elsewhere, our accommodation is surprisingly comfortable and atmospheric (click on 'Map & Hotels' tab for more information). All accommodation has en suite bath, with the exception of Meroe camp where you will have your own bath / toilet in an adjacent building.

Due to the nature of accommodation in some locations in Sudan, we limit the number of single supplements to 2 (additional single may be accepted on a request basis). If you'd like to pay a pro-rated single supplement that guarantees single accommodation in Khartoum, Djibouti & Ethiopia, but sharing for the remaining 6 nights in Sudan, please contact us.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout. Local guides will also accompany in Sudan, at various locations in Djibouti, and in Harar and Addis Ababa. Local expert and highly experienced drivers in all locations.

Group Size

Minimum 10; maximum may be 14 or 16 depending on accommodation availability.