There are not many places of interest left in this world, where you can wander freely and have the attraction all to yourself! Meroe is one of them.
Fondest memory: Taking our time, walking around the site, peeking inside the pyramids, walking behind them, making my own footprints on the sand dunes! Just us! No touts, no guides, no sales people, no beggars, no other tourists. Just the two of us!
Favorite thing: Officially, you need to get a permit from the National Museum in Khartoum before heading to Bajrawiya, and these cost $10, unless you can persuade them that you are a poor student or volunteer. Unofficially, you can just turn up and see what the gatekeeper says...they don't get that many tourists, and they are not stupid enough to turn any away for not having permits...we were allowed in free, but my travelling companion had been before and knew the gatekeeper...if you are not so lucky,then maye you can offer a contribution or buy a pyramid carving or two.
Some of the pyramids have been reconstructed to how they are believed to have looked like.
I am in two minds about how I feel about the reconstruction. Maybe, if it had been carried out using similar material as the original pyramids, it might have been a little more pleasing to the eye.
The pyramids are literally in the middle of nowhere. As you are driving down the road, you can spot them in the distance, surrounded by desert on all sides. The main road is paved, to get to the site you just driver off the road and across the desert anywhere you want! :-)
Fondest memory: Most of the surrounding area is flat and featureless, but the pyramids themselves are perched on a couple of soft, golden sand dunes. Beautiful!
Favorite thing: Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat??? Isn't that what you Aussies are taught growin up? Same applies here except bring some water with you if you plan to hike around a bit. from 11-3pm it is like an over here most of the time and it is a dry heat so even though your body may sweat a bit..it'll dry up quicker than you can curse the blasted sun. Bring at least a 1.5L bottle. I did not and started to feel it..could have ruined my day if I had stayed longer.