Sudan is a fascinating country with a long history and friendly, hospitable people.
And backpacking Sudan is a great value at $US 15-25, covering daily expenses.
However, AVOID TRAVELING SUDAN IN SUMMER.
Sudan sits amid the Sahara Desert – so summer is intense. June – the month I traveled – is the hottest and called “month of the sun” by Sudanese. July + August are a little cooler, due to slight rain and clouds (and the far north is always hotter than Khartoum).
5 reasons to go backpacking in Sudan – from Wadi Halfa + Dongola
Well, if the photos above aren’t enough to get excited – let me spell it out?
Follow the famous Nile River surrounded by stunning lonely desert.
Visit friendly Nubian villages or simply sit in a cafe with a shesha (pipe) and welcoming locals.
Wander around Sai Island and explore the ancient ruins of various eras.
Go to Kerma for the Dafufar: a mud-brick temple ruin from 2400 BC.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise – outside of summer – across Lake Nasser. You can see the Abu Simbel temples if camped on the decks outside. Or better still, reserve a cabin (take some alcohol and munchies and totally chill).