In northern Sudan we’ll find approximately 255 of what we refer to as the Nubian pyramids, built by the rulers of the Kingdom of Kush. The Kushites have a long history in the area, and struggled with the Egyptians for dominance of the region for hundreds of years.The Meroe Pyramids, sometimes referred to as the Nubian pyramids, are located along the banks of the Nile River in the lonely desert of eastern Sudan. There are nearly 200 known pyramids there, and they were built between 2,300 and 2,700 years ago, with many of the pyramids functioning as tombs for the royalty of the Meroitic kingdom.
These pyramids were built around 800 years after Egypt’s pyramids, and while they’re substantially smaller, it is believed their method of construction and workmanship is similar to those of Ancient Egypt.
The Nile Valley in this region is referred to as Nubia, and three Kushite kingdoms called it home at various times in the distant past. In all, there are 255 known pyramids, which housed the remains of the royalty of Meroë and Napata.
Between the fifth and sixth cataracts of the Nile River you’ll find Nubia’s most extensive pyramid, where 40 kings and queens were buried. This pyramid, approximately 100 kilometres north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, was built during the Meroitic period.
Sudan, Djibouti & Ethiopia
SD1 | 17 Days| Details
Departure date: 26 Jan 2017