Sudan Nile Valley and Western Desert

Sudan Nile Valley and Western Desert

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 15 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Important Information

Foreign Travel Advice Warnings

Before booking your tour please familiarise yourself with the country specific information provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - This includes important information such as latest immigration requirements, and details of any travel advisories.

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing there are no warnings in place for the Nile Valley and Western desert tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

This is a wild camping expedition using domed tents. You will also be allocated a floor mattress. You will stay in a comfortable hotel in Khartoum. There is an opportunity to upgrade from camping to a comfortable rest house for 1 night and also a permanent tented camp for 1 night with hot water facilities and private bathrooms. When camping, you will be expected to pitch and take down your own tent. 

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.


The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch £5
Dinner £10


The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. Alcohol is not available in Sudan.

Bottle of water - £0.50
Cans of soft drink - £0.75
Bottle of non-alcoholic beer - £3

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practice in Africa. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. If you are travelling on a group tour, allow around EUR5-6 per day – if you give this to the guide at the end he or she will distribute it among the drivers and other members of the team. For a private tour, allow around EUR15-20 per day.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: Not available for foreign cards
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards cannot be used in Sudan
Local Currency: Sudanese Pound
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollar (these must be unblemished)
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive an airport transfer, both on arrival and departure include in the tour price. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country and be valid for the entire duration of your holiday. 

Visa Information

Everyone except Egyptians requires a visa for entry to Sudan. At the time of writing British and most other European nationals no longer require an authority from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the visa can be issued, which has previously been the case. A simple Letter of Invitation to support your application will be sufficient.

For US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders and where no Sudanese diplomatic representation exists in the home country, a visa on arrival can usually be issued but prior authorisation is required from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs which we can assist with.  *Prices vary depending on nationality so please check with us about the costs for a visa on arrival.

All travellers must bring one (or best, two) passport sized photograph/s to Sudan.

It is essential that your passport does not contain any Israeli stamps or other evidence of travel to Israel; otherwise your application will be rejected.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Africa, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication will also be required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended. In addition if you are arriving from another African country or a country where yellow fever is present then you may also require a yellow fever certificate.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in your home country can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

Preparing for your tour


Sudan is a seasonal destination. The north is the area of most interest for travellers. It is typically hot and dry throughout the year, but between April and October temperatures are ferociously hot, typically reaching over 40 ºC. Sandstorms are also common during this time. Khartoum is a little cooler but more humid, receiving rain in July and August. From November to March are the best months to travel, although northern winter nights can be cold in the desert so you should be prepared for this.


When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy although rain is rare. Wind and blown sand can be a problem so a head scarf can be useful.

Both male and female clients should dress with respect. Shorts should not be worn. We also recommend that women keep their arms covered. Our advice is to dress sensitively in accordance with Muslim traditions, and avoid wearing revealing clothing, particularly in rural areas. In summary, unless advised by your local guide, you should follow the above advice. If it is appropriate to dress in a slightly more revealing manner, then your guide will advise you accordingly.


The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. For those tours involving camping, a torch (flashlight) is essential. You may also wish to bring a hand towel and inflatable pillow. Toilet paper is not readily available in Sudan so if you are camping you should bring some. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and a sleeping sheet.

Camera lenses larger than 400mm and binoculars may not be allowed in to the country- you risk having them confiscated at the airport and they will be returned to you before you depart.


Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended when walking around archaeological sites and in the desert. When travelling lighter sandals are a good option.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 15kg. One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 230V/50 Hz and plugs usually have two round pins.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were updated 13th November 2019.

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