Pyramids

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Meroe, Sudan

Pyramids Meroe Reviews

shoushou shoushou
7 reviews
Brilliant location to appreciate the Pyramids Jan 30, 2011
The Meroe Pyramids are located in the North-East of Sudan near the banks of the Nile in the area commonly known as Nubia.

It's about a 2hr drive from Khartoum along the main road to the north, which is a 2 lane road, but when a car comes in the opposite direction, the road is too narrow to take both cars so one is forced to offroad, so I'd recommend you get a 4x4 (I'll come to why it's also useful later).

Once you arrive at the Pyramids, there is an entrance fee which is really negligable, and off you go.

I've yet to go to Giza, but we all know how busy and crowded it is. In Meroe you can appreciate each pyramid, and take it at your own pace, we were the only people in the area on the day we went! so everything was at our pace.

We were also fortunate to come the day before the President, AlBashir, was due to arrive in the area so we saw the locals practising their traditional 'eagle dance' etc.. was beautiful... also meant getting a camel ride to the mountains that surround the pyramids was easy as they were all there waiting :)

The downside:

The pyramids here are much smaller than those in Giza, on the plus side you can come right up to them, and climb them!!! They say the pyramids in Sudan where built first once perfected they built bigger ones in Giza.. they now had the know how!

Loots have robbed most of the gold caps off the pyramids so none of them are complete, some have been 'fix' with clay/concrete or something... but there are hundreds of pyramids in the area so it's still worth a visit.

There's also a nearby bat cave in the mountains.

Now for the reason why the 4x4 was very useful.... being in the desert the weather is very dry hot.. so you don't realise you are sweating as much as you are, and losing liquids, so forget to drink enough (bring your own water supply).. and I ended up fainting .... the 4x4 came to my rescue got in to the AC-ed car and off we went back to Khartoum, a normal car wudn't have been able to come to the rescue!

It's deffo a place to visit, and along the way to the pyramids there is so much to window spot, the shapes of the roofs which follow the same shape as that of the 'mad' Mahdi .. the ruler who beat the Brits and got em outta Sudan... its a beautiful country
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shoushou says:
Hey Sarah.. Sorry not been on here for a while.. Yes wud b great to go bak to Sudan if only to harass fatima while she's there ;)
Posted on: Nov 20, 2011
sarahsan says:
Looks great! I hope to visit these pyramids one day with you and Fatima! That would be fantastic, wouldn´t it?
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011
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tomy2000 tomy2000
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Sights in Sudan Jul 04, 2011
Sudan

national museum



The National Museum in Khartoum is dwarfed by the modern buildings nearby but has some fine exhibits in its dusty halls, most notably the pharaonic stone carvings and the stunning Nubian Christian frescoes. Located not far from the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, the museum gardens also house several Kushite and Egyptian temples saved during the creation of the Aswan Dam
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tomy2000 tomy2000
3 reviews
omdurman market Jul 04, 2011
Omdurman

Sudan

Sights › Market

The traditional Muslim city of Omdurman, founded by the Mahdi in the 1880s, and forming one third of Khartoum, is one of Sudan's big attractions. Its famous souq - the largest in the country - has an amazing variety of wares, and the camel market (Souq Moowaileh) is equally spectacula
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