gallery What does Sudan look like?

Since coming back to London I’ve been surprised to learn that there are very few people who know that there are pyramids in Sudan! Not just pyramids but a myriad of amazing archaeological sites. Here are some pictures from around Khartoum and the north.

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Maria and I at Jebel Barkal near Karima. These pillars are remnants of the ancient kingdom of Kush.
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This was Kerma my favourite of all the places we visited. The picture on the right is a partially mummified cat – the conditions are so dry and harsh that it hasn’t deteriorated or been eaten by anything. It’s hard and hollowed out. On the left are the remains of the deffufa. See more information in this post.
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Meroe near Shendi. Probably Sudan’s most well-known, best preserved and frequently visited pyramids. About 4 hours from Khartoum by bus.
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We walked through the desert for quite a long time to get to the pyramids, about 5 km.
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Nuri
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Jebel Barkal. There was a sandstorm when we went so we took refuge in the date palms.
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Adorable little goat on Tuti island.
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The street that I lived on in Khartoum 2 and Ozone, a very nice but expensive cafe in Khartoum. Probably the most similar you can get to a UK-type cafe in Sudan – international foods, cappuccino’s etc. Feels like cheating to go there but it’s lovely nevertheless.

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This doggy blended in with her surroundings, near Shendi.
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The most horrible hotel in the world. On the wall it says ‘my name is Khalid. I want to go to Amorica or Enguland’ with his contact details. See story here.
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Jebel Barkal and Nuri
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Proper coffee – often the sellers are Ethiopian and Eritrean. This is an amazing tea spot just on the other side of Tuti bridge, right in front of the Nile.

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Camel ride at Meroe (near Shendi). I loved it but don’t think Maria was too keen.

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Camel hoof prints
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So exciting to see greenery! And colour!
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This was a walk we took after that fateful first day in Karima. The railway was built by the British but is largely completely unused now. The only part that still operates is the short distance between Khartoum and Atbarra.
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Mosque in Khartoum and statue at the National Museum.

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The backstreets of Tuti Island.
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The defuffa at Kerma.
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Tuti

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Alone in the desert

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Beautiful doggy that followed us around at Nuri.

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Animal carcasses are a common sight in Sudan. This one was on Tuti island.

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These juices are made by a company called Capo which produces excellent products, all made in Sudan. The baobab juice is my fave.

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