Wadi Halfa to Dongola
Hundreds of historic sites and some striking desert and river scenery line this 400km stretch of the Nile, while the many villages offer a fascinating taste of Nubian life. For many this is the highlight of Sudan. Buses and bokasi (minibuses) run fairly frequently between all these towns and Dongola and Wadi Halfa.
Kassala, with its wonderful setting at the foot of the melting granite peaks of the Taka Mountains, is where half the tribes of northern Sudan seem to meet. Its huge souqs are an ethnic mosaic of colours, smells, noises and experiences. There are famous camel races annually in September or October.
Karima itself is just a dusty Nile-side Nubian village. If it weren't for its extraordinary collection of ancient sites, which together have given the whole area Unesco World Heritage status, there would be little reason to stop here. As it is though, the majesty of Karima's past will probably remain with you for a long time.