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Tailor Made Holidays and Vacations to Karima

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Karima lies between two deserts and seems like a long way from anywhere, but it is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the remains of the Napatan kingdom of Kush. On the edge of Karima is Jebel Barkhal, which means Holy Mountain and is a stunning red sandstone mountain. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The best place to stay is the boutique Nubian Rest House. From here you can visit the museum, which contains a small collection of artefacts, including a mummified male! At the base of Jebel Barkhal lies the ruins of a temple dedicated to the god Amun.

The first temple was built in the 15th century BC. Later pharaohs including Rhameses II expanded it, turning it into an important cultural centre. The temple is ruined and whilst some of it is covered in sand, you can clearly see the ground layout.

The Temple of Mut, which is dedicated to Egyptian sky goddess-the bride of Amun, is at the base of the pinnacle of Jebel Barkhal. Inside the temple are fabulous hieroglyphics and relief carvings, with one’s next door being worked on by Italian excavators.

The royal cemetery houses the most intact pyramids in Sudan. A drive away is the village of El Kurru where you can see one of the necropolises of the ancient capital. You can visit one of the tombs, which is excavated in the rocks under the pyramid and is decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions.

A wonderful way of putting the area of Karima into perspective, is to walk up Jebel Barkal, which is best to approach from the north side and takes approximately 20 minutes. Here you have a wonderful view of the temple ruins, you can see the Nile and after watching the sun go down, you can literally run down the sand path all the way to the bottom!

Another archaeological site you can visit is Nuri, where there are many pyramids, including the one of the great Taharqa. This is over the other side of The Nile, about a 20 minute drive away from Karima and you are most likely to have the place completely to yourselves. This is a wonderful spot to watch the sunset whilst drinking hibiscus juice as the sun goes down.

From Karima you can take a boat trip along the Nile, where you can see monitor lizards and a variety of birds including bee eaters, weavers, pied kingfisher, doves, herons, blacksmith plovers, palm vultures, egrets etc. If you’re lucky you might even get invited in for breakfast by the local fishermen!

You can also visit the animal market at Tangasi, which is absolutely fascinating and full of the local men selling their prize goats, donkeys, cows and camels.

To experience a Nubian village, you can have a picnic lunch in a Nubian house, which are all decorated with painted flowers. It’s great to meet a local family and hear all about their way of life.

 

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