Sudan Overland in a Land Rover Defender

Travelling in Sudan: Pyramids of Meroe

Did you know there are more pyramids in Sudan than there are in Egypt? The Nubian pyramids of Meroe are the most famous and most visited of the pyramids in Sudan but there are many other fascinating pyramids and archaeological sites in the Nile Valley of Sudan.

Sudan is also home to three Nile rivers, the River Nile itself and the two main tributaries (the Blue Nile and the White Nile) which merge at Khartoum.

This video tells the story of our overland journey through Sudan in 2002.

Twenty years ago my wife and I packed up our life in the UK and set off to drive overland in our Land Rover Defender with the aim of driving all the way to the Cape Town in South Africa, a journey which will take us from coast to coast along the length and breadth of Africa (more than once).

Because this journey was twenty years ago, there were no smartphones, no google maps, and no digital cameras. The photos taken on the journey were on transparencies, designed to be projected. I have taken photographs of some of those slides for the purpose of showing in this video.

The main "tourist attraction" in Sudan if you can call it that (we didn't meet any other tourists) were the Nubian pyramids of Meroe. But before we get on to those and other historical sites we had to visit Khartoum (the capital city of Sudan) to get our permits for the various archaeological locations including Meroe.

We camped out at the university campus in Khartoum, and were shown where the Blue Nile and White Nile met by some of our new friends.

The completely unique experience of being the only people to be exploring the pyramids of Meroe and the archaeological digs at various temple locations is one we will never forget. Meroe and Sudan is one of the places that I would love to go back to and visit again, hopefully it will be safe to do so again one day.

More videos of my overland African adventure