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Nubian Resthouse: At the foot of the Jebel Barkal
We stayed for 3 nights in the Nubian Resthouse. It is a charming hotel built in typical Nubian Style.
The entrance is a nicily decorated original Nubian door. The rooms, the restaurant and the open air lobby have all tastful decorations with a good eye for details.
From the hotel you can see the Jebel Barkal. The museum, the archaeological sites and the mountain itself can easily be reached by foot. The Resthouse is also a good base to visit other sites in the area by car like El Kuru, Nuri, the cataracts, the petrifried forest and Karima.
The hotel, founded by a Italian lady and still supervised by an Italian manager, has a well-trained Sudanese staff.
The resthouse has 22 twin rooms with private bathrooms and AC. Each room has a veranda overlooking the spacious green innnercourt.
The restaurant serves delicious meals. It is a mix of Nubian and Italian food, served in a varied buffet. There is also a small souvenir shop.
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Where to stay
There are two 'hotels' in Karima - one just north of the main souk, and one on the north side of the large square near the power station. I stayed in the latter and was the only guest for most of the time.
It was basic - a large empty room with a fan and some beds in it - but clean and the man in charge was friendly (although didn't speak any English). There are dozens of empty rooms and probably room for about a hundred people(talk about wishful thinking!) but when another guest did turn up (a Sudanese teacher on his way home to Dongola) he got put in to share with me. A bit annoying but to Sudanese it's preferable to share rather than be on your own, and incomprehensible anyone might think otherwise. Although he might have changed his mind when I had a 4am alarm call to catch my bus back to Khartoum!
There are basic toilets and cold water showers. No food is available but there are shops nearby. It cost a couple of dollars a night.
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