Darb el Arbain - Wadi Howar Expedition, Sudan
17 days, 3 - 19 March 2005
Day 0.- Aswan - Wadi Halfa
The trip will commence in Wadi Halfa, arriving with the Aswan-Wadi Halfa ferry. This is partially to eliminate the need of the long (3 day) drive from Khartoum, and also to allow the shipment of supplies and equipment easily from Egypt. Aswan may easily be reached by either rail or air.
Day 1.- Wadi Halfa - Abri (ferry over the Nile) - Soleb temple - Selima oasis
On the first day, we'll cross the Nile, visit the temple of Soleb, and start out to Selima (reaching it by nightfall depends on when we can start from WH.)
Day 2. - Selima - Burg el Tuyur - Laqiya Arbain
Drive down along the Darb el Arbain, making a detour to the rock of Burg el Tuyur.
Day 3. - Laqiya Arbain - Merga Oasis
Drive down along the Arbain Scarp to Merga Oasis (Along Wilson's 1932 route).
Day 4. - Wadi Hussein / Oyo
Visit the depressions slightly North of Merga where Almásy found rock art and a long-lost well.
Day 5. - Merga - Bir Natrun - Jebel Rahib
Drive south to Jebel Rahib by way of Natrun Oasis.
Day 6-7. - Jebel Rahib area
Explore the Jebel Rahib, where a number of known rock art sites exist (and possibly yet undiscovered ones).
Day 8. - Wadi Howar
Spend a day in the Wadi Howar, south and east of Jebel Rahib.
Day 9-10. - Jebel Tageru area
Drive south to the northern tip of the Jebel Tageru, containing several rock art sites described by Newbold. Explore the area, on the border of the desert and the arid savana.
Day 11. - Jebel Tageru - Wadi Howar - Abu Tabari
Start our return via the Wadi HoWar towards the Nile, via Abu Tabari.
Day 12. Abu Tabari - Debba (ferry accross Nile) - Kuri - Karima
Reach the Nile at Debba, continue via the Pyramids of Kuri to Jebel Barkal / Napata.
Day 13. - Jebel Barkal / Nuri
Visit the monuments at Jebel Barkal / Napata and the Pyramids of Nuri.
Day 14. - Merowe - Atbara - Meroë
Full day's drive south to Atbara and ancient Meroë.
Day 15. Meroë - Musawwaret el Sufra - Naqa
Visit Meroë / Musawwaret el Sufra, reaching Naqa by nightfall.
Day 16. Naqa - Khartum
Visit Naqa in the morning before continuing to Khartoum.