"The Pyramids of Meroe, at Bajrawiya" Meroe by maykal

Meroe Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 167 photos

Sudan's number one tourist attraction lies just off the "Osama Highway" (so called because a certain Mr Bin Laden built it)between Khartoum and Atbara. A few miles out of Shendi heading north, look to your right and you can't fail to miss the famous pyramid tombs of an acient meroitic city.

Black stone pyramids amidst orange sand dunes and black volcanic outcrops is quite a stunning scene. You will most likely be the only tourist/person in sight, and it is amazing to walk around these ancient relics in total silence

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunning location, easy to reach, deserted, not a tourist or tout in sight
  • Cons:No comparison to Pyramids of Giza....but who wants decorated camels anyway?
  • In a nutshell:Sudan's major attraction, Meroe shouldn't be missed
  • Last visit to Meroe: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2003
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    fascinating - but i am not sure i would be brave enough to hitchike in the sudan

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 3:19 AM

    Nice pictures.

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 7:25 PM

    wow! a must see for sure. i'm not that brave yet. let my interest peak further and i'll visit sudan.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2005 at 6:26 AM

    Maykal, was it the Italians who did the reconstructions? I always was lead to believe it was one of the German archaeologists whose name began with an H.[ Hinkel or Hintze]

  • Rachelynn's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2004 at 8:43 AM

    Interesting! I would really like to visit this place someday

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2004 at 1:42 AM

    Great page!!! Very interesting and intriguing place!!! Fascinating!!!!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2004 at 12:23 AM

    This place is definately on my wish list, I really enjoy reading your pages. Beautiful photos again. (~_~)

  • seratonin's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2004 at 11:18 PM

    Meroe must be a fantastic place! I hope that I will be there one time, to get another impression of pyramids than the Gizah one... ;-) !

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2003 at 12:02 AM

    Fantastic place, I just saw an exhibition on Nubia, would love to go some day... :-)

  • aeroarce's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2003 at 2:20 PM

    This is one of the places I always wanted to head for! wish I could get there and Good for you you've been there!!



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