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Climb Jebel Barkal

This small mountain sits at 98 metres tall, and the flat top offers travellers an incredible view of the Nile, desert and ruins of Napata below. Sitting right at the foot of the mountain, the city of Napata was settled by invading Egyptians in the 15th century BC. Take the chance to uncover both of these Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Discover deserted churches in Old Dongola

An important town in medieval Nubia, Old Dongola differs from most other ancient sites due to its Christian influence. Home to many monasteries and churches, today you can see remnants of Old Dongola’s heyday, with intricately decorated granite columns dotted around the orange-sand desert.

Explore the Nubian pyramids of Meroe

An ancient city on the banks of the Nile, Meroe is one of the oldest sites in Sub-Saharan Africa. Built in 800BC, it became heart of the Kingdom of Kush in ancient Nubia. Over centuries, royal families and important rulers were buried in hundreds of pyramids, scattered across the site. Discover the differences between Nubian and Egyptian pyramids, and admire this incredible site set against the backdrop of the Sudanese desert.

Watch the frantic Whirling Dervishes

Every Friday an hour before sunset, dervishes gather at a holy site in Khartoum. Encircled by hundreds of locals, the ceremony begins with the colourfully dressed dervishes chanting and interacting with the crowd.  Rhythmic music is played on percussion instruments, and it is not uncommon to see the audience dancing while the dervishes whirl themselves into a state of trance. The excursion is a fantastic way to see local life and interact with the audience.

See the confluence of the Nile

The capital of Khartoum was constructed where the Blue and the White Niles meet, before flowing through Sudan and into Egypt. Take a boat ride out on the river to see the colours of the rivers mingle before becoming one, and relax as you float down the Nile, seeing Khartoum from a different angle.

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Small groups promise a more personal touring experience. That’s why Cox & Kings maintains a maximum group size of 18 guests on most tours, and an average of just 14.

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Cox & Kings is a name you can trust. We’ve been helping the curious traveller explore for more than 265 years – longer than any other travel company.

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