Travel by camel and 4WD, covering an average of 30 kilometres (18 miles) a day, on foot or camelback. Good fitness required.
11 nights particpatory camping and 4 nights hotel.
The first and last two nights are spent in a hotel in Khartoum. Twin or double rooms are shared and a single room may be available locally, which is payable direct to the hotel (cash). Please note we cannot guarantee your room will have private facilities. On trek, your accommodation will consist of two-man tents, or there is always the alternative of sleeping under the stars (nomad style). All are expected to help put up their own tents and assist with simple camp chores.
Washing facilities on trek are limited while in the desert. We carry enough water for a light daily wash only. We do not carry a toilet tent as many find it more convenient to simply use the desert, which is both hygienic and sterile.
All meals included.
Our intention on this two week exploration of the Bayuda Desert between Metemma and Korti is to travel as Sudanese nomads have done for centuries.
Taking almost no modern technology, we carry our entire world on camelback, with no prearranged camps and no motor support.
Moving at the steady pace of 4 to 5 km (2-3 miles) an hour, we pass through an alternative dimension and cover an average of 30 km (18 miles) a day, on foot or by camel, to experience a sense of remoteness found only in the desert.
No special technical skills are required yet to fully enjoy this trek you must be of excellent fitness and an experienced walker to be able to cope with the combination of walking and riding through wind, cold, and heat for a total of about 280km. Although your riding camel will be available whenever you wish, (note camel riding requires fitness and agility).
The ratio of walking to riding is entirely to your preference and you are not obliged to handle the camel unless you wish. All kit or provisions are carried for you but you may find it convenient to have your own day pack with your valuables, water, and immediate requirements. A large capacity water-bottle is a must and ordinary recycled mineral water bottles are adequate.
The Sudan is a place where violent crimes are rare and contrary to popular conception, the Sudanese are among the most hospitable and friendliest people in Africa who welcome and enjoy visitors. Their country, is one of the world?s poorest and our trips generate much-needed income to the region.
Hygiene standards are generally basic and insect nuisances, snakes, spiders and scorpions are a limited danger. Dehydration is ever-present, but can be prevented by consuming a minimum of five litres of water per day. Water will be drawn from wells en route in nomad fashion and is generally clean but will be treated with iodine as a further precaution. The guide carries a full medical kit and has access to 4WD evacuation facilities in an emergency.
Normal group size and age
Normally 5 to 12, plus Michael Asher and local staff. Minimum age 18.
Michael Asher is considered Britain's greatest living desert explorer after crossing the most arid region on earth by camel, with a single Bedouin companion. Fluent in Arabic, Michael has presented award-winning TV documentaries, written almost twenty books and won awards for this exploration including the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award. With an impressive 30,000 miles by camel under his belt and having lived for three years with a nomadic Sudanese tribe, there is no one better qualified to accompany our camel trek through the Sahara Desert and Sudan.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Moderate/Challenging. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
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