Waking up to the sunrise over the pyramids of Meroe in Sudan is one of the most magical experiences I’ve had in all my travels to date. Unzipping the tent at the crack of dawn, and walking out across the rippled red desert, we perched atop a sand dune and watched in awe as the pyramid faces gradually changed colour as the sun began to peak over the horizon.
Climbing to the top of a sand dune to watch the sun rise over the pyramids.
The Pyramids of Meroe at sunrise.
The Pyramids of Meroe are a collection of around 200 Nubian pyramids built more than 2000 years ago, which - although less impressive in size than the pyramids found in neighbouring Egypt - are nonetheless the largest collection of Nubian pyramids in the world. Nestled in the red desert about 100km north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, the pyramids, a UNESCO world heritage site, can be visited in an overnight trip from the capital. The adventure to the pyramids can be combined with a half day trip to a collection of ancient tombs...
Landing at Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, I’m excited at the thought of on an evening game drive in just 3 hours. For me, there is nothing like the thrill of chasing wildlife on safari in Africa, and Kapama Private Game Reserve’s 13,000 hectares of wilderness would not disappoint!! Thrilled and amazed by impala and warthog grazing as we taxi down the runway, little did I know I’d be on safari within the hour.
Guests arriving to Kapama receive courtesy transfers in open game viewing vehicles to a choice of four luxurious safari lodges and two wellness spas. Kapama’s gated entrance is literally across the road from the airport, and 5 minutes later, we were viewing impala, warthog, kudu and giraffe.
From my room balcony I see giraffe stretching necks to treetops, while a herd of buffalo meander past one floor below me.
Before meeting our ranger and tracker for an afternoon game drive, we gather for High Tea with cheeky monkeys who don’t mind a Danish or two.