We’re at our New York City headquarters, huddled around the lunch table, forks paused midair, silent for once. Matt’s just back from the field. “I always thought Ethiopia was the mysterious adventure I’ve been waiting for,” Matt says. “But, it was Sudan.” It takes a lot to get a sweeping reaction from a group of people who have dedicated their lives to chasing travel highs. Matt has us with Sudan travel.
What you haven’t heard about Sudan travel yet is exactly why you’ll want to go.
The “did-you-know” game was practically made for the topic of Sudan travel. For instance, did you know: Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt. The Blue and White Niles convene in Sudan. Scuba diving in Sudan is some of the most overlooked on the planet? Yep. It’s all true.
How have we missed this place for so long? Here are our top reasons Sudan should be on your radar.
Did you know?
Sudan’s ancient history is more riveting than Indiana Jones.
One major “did-you-know” reason to visit Sudan is the history of the Black Pharaohs. This is a story of adventure and impossible feats that has been practically overlooked until recently. Here’s what happened: in 800 BCE when Egypt was in its heyday erecting larger-than-life pyramids Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings—the underdogs, the Nubian Kings—were hatching a plan to take it all over. The Nubian Kings were Africans who rushed in and conquered the Egyptian empire to begin the Kush dynasty. They succeeded and the heart of their kingdom became what is today’s Sudan. Until recently, archaeologists and historians glossed over this chapter in time.
But now discoveries that shake history’s narrative are being unearthed. For travelers this means you can be at the forefront of this unfolding story as new statues and tomb complexes are uncovered. You could be amongst the first to lay eyes on recently discovered inscriptions and stand beneath the humbling and beautiful Black Pharaoh statues that broke the story wide open.
Did you know?
In Sudan sacred pyramids & stellar diving await.
Sudan’s landscape is mostly sand, which makes its hidden treasures that much more surprising. The sand in and of itself is awesome. Sudan’s deserts are as otherworldly as Jordan’s Wadi Rum or Morocco’s Erg Chebbi, but far less touristed. Hypnotizing waves of dunes are interrupted only by slow moving camel trains. You can spend several nights in a luxury tented camp during your Sudan vacation and have it all to yourself, not a single four-by-four roaring past as is common at other desert destinations.
Drive into the emptiness and suddenly there are towering pyramids in front of you or the snaking Nile at your side. You can stand in the middle of forty pyramids, not another visitor in sight, and wander in and out of them like you’re an explorer discovering these lost treasures. Go inside sacred tombs and the wall paintings are nearly as vibrant and color-rich as the day they were made, unmarred by the breath and touch of millions of viewers or roped off like a museum.
In all that desert, you wouldn’t think diving gear was useful. Yet, along Sudan’s Red Sea coast, there are blooming coral gardens teeming with life. Ocean-side there are wrecks and deep-sea dives where sharks swoop by. Sudan is one of the world’s most under-recognized dive destinations which means flourishing, healthy reefs for those in the know.
Did you know?
Sudan has serious hospitality.
Impromptu tea sessions and five-star hotels included.
The “did-you-know” game is all about revealing the delightful and unexpected. Khartoum’s Corinthia Hotel is both for luxury Sudan travel. Its panoramic views frame the city’s future-gazing glass architecture, engrossing museums, and lively markets. Landscaped gardens and a Turkish hammam offer respite from the bustling streets and a glassed-in restaurant offers some of the city’s finest dining, from traditional fare to sizzling steaks off the grill.
What isn’t as surprising is the warm Sudanese approach to hospitality. Often we hunt for that experience where we’re walking down the street and a friendly local invites us into their cozy living room or little shop to sip tea and exchange stories. This actually happens in Sudan. Our Sudan travel expert, Matt, shared his experience wandering the market, where a slight tug on his elbow would signal someone wanted him to spend a few moments chatting over tea,coffee, or whatever delicious treat they had on hand. This overwhelming friendliness and desire to connect is a big reason why Sudan climbed to the top of Matt’s favorite places, and why so many travelers report the same despite (or because of) the country’s under-the-radar status.
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