Wake at the break of day under the golden pyramids of god-like kings of old; traverse a searing desert to the place where two Niles become one and watch a million blood red fish swarm through gardens of coral. Whichever way you look at it, there’s just no denying that among Sudan’s sweeping hills of sand lie treasures the rest of the world are only just beginning to understand.
Until July 2011 Sudan was the biggest country in Africa, but now, with South Sudan having broken away to form a new nation, maps of Africa are being redrawn. This redefining of national boundaries is making for huge changes, geographically, politically, financially and culturally, for the Sudanese. But for a traveller some things never change; Sudanese hospitality remains second to none, and for most people, travelling through Sudan is such an eye-opening and rewarding experience that many come away saying that Sudan was their favourite country in Africa.
Africa - Sudan (Chapter)
Wake under the pyramids of godlike kings of old, or traverse the desert to the place where two Niles meet. Among Sudan’s hills of sand lie treasures the rest of the world is only beginning to understand. Sudanese hospitality remains second to...
Exploring Sudan: a desert journey in pictures
To the wider world the North African nation of Sudan is often seen as a place of untold horror. A burning and featureless desert where war, genocide and misery are the norm. And although some aspects of this image are grounded in truth, for the most part the popular impression couldn’t be more off the mark...
Sudan destination guides
Discovering Africa's hidden treasures: Lonely Planet meets Dr Gus Casely-Hayford
As anyone lucky enough to have travelled to the most intoxicating of continents will testify, Africa ain’t nothing but a name. Underneath it are dozens of countries, thousands of tribes and an endlessly rich history. But few travellers visit Africa in search of the past...
Cairo to Cape Town
The ultimate guided self drive 4WD adventure traversing Africa from north to south
Ask Lonely Planet: where should I go for a holiday with volunteering?
In this excerpt from the November 2011 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine, our travel editors advise a reader where to go for a one-month holiday with a volunteering bent. 1. Cambodia, recommended by Asia-Pacific travel editor Shawn Low Cambodia is perfect for volunteering...