No comparison to Pyramids of Giza....but who wants decorated camels anyway?
Could be a place for a spiritual moment?
In an attempt to draw tourist the Gov't build some pyramids at the site out of cement to show folks what the pyramids looked like when they were first built...except these are smaller versions of the real thing.Hint to tourism officals in Meroe..talk to your buddies in Khartoum and make it easier for tourists to get into the country in the first...more
For every place of beauty on earth there has to be some retard around to mess it up. In this case the retards were early Indiana Jones's looking for treasure. They took the roofs off several pyraminds and did not find much..go figure - should have done their homework first but the ^^%$&^"s probably could not read?more
There are still quite a few of the original carvings to be seen in the funerary chapels and on the pylon walls, although sand is filling some of the chapels.Although much of the symbolism is taken from the Ancient Egyptian religion, there is a strong Meroitic influence, especially in the garments and appearance of the kings and queens, the latter...more
The Northern Cemetery is the most interesting of all the sites at Begrawiya. Of the 57 known pyramids , only half can be seen. The oldest are built at the highest level of the outcrop and then later ones were built further and further down, and out of red brick rather than sandstone.Pyramid N 1 is a stepped pyramid, the only one.There is no chapel...more
The Western Cemetery like the southern cemetery dates to the Ancestral era of the Meroitic. The western pyramids are fewer and less interesting to look at than the others. They are on flat ground and surrounded by a metal fence. Some reconstruction has taken place, but otherwise it looks fairly neglected and off the beaten track.more
The pyramids would all have been covered with white plaster which is resistant to the weather. They would have been painted red with blue decorations, and on top there would have been a pyramidon brightly painted yellow. The funerary chapels face east, but the decoration within varied according to the time it was constructed.more
The pyramids in the southern cemetery are the oldest in Begrawiya. I have not been able to find much written about them, but we decided to go there first, as last time we ignored them. Looking across the wadi to the Northern Cemetery there is a wonderful view of the pyramids there, so slogging across the sand and up the outlier was well worth...more
The pyramids of the Sudan outnumber those to be found in Egypt. Although they are smaller and steeper, and the Sudanese claim they are older on the principal that you start small until you get experience, they are accepted by traditional archaeologists as of much later date.The Sudanese kingdoms of Napata and Meroe were from about 900 BC to 500...more
I've been told that the pyramids in Meroe is even older than those in Egypt and so I had to go and see them myself. The trip will take you 3 hours from Khartoum and it's a hot & tiring one at that. Once you arrive there, don't bother looking for a fancy giftshop or a ticket booth because you will have to negotiate with the "gatekeeper" (I call him...more
An interesting thing to do in Meroe is to have a camel ride. There will be some camels parked at the entrance of the Meroe Pyramids. If you want a ride, you will have to bargain because the prices are pretty high (I was asked SD4000 or USD18). You can get a short ride around the pyramids for SD500 (after bargaining) but be aware that the camel...more
The historical site of Meroe is so uncommericalised that there is no food outlets here. If you do wish to eat something during your visit, you need to bring your own.
From Khartoum, take a bus heading to Atbara, and ask to be let off at Bajrawiya or Al-Ahram. If they don't stop the bus, then you should be able to spot them through the windows...I mean, thirty black pyramids and orange sand dunes do tend to bbe hard to miss, especially with the dull scenery for the rest of the trip...when you see them, start clicking! The fare to Atbara on a hafla (cheapish bus) is 10,000 pounds. Bajrawiya is about halfway between Khartoum and Atbara, but they may insist on making you pay full fare...argue! Leaving the pyramids, basically you have no option but to hitch...most vehicles will stop, especially if they see a khawaja...we caught a lift on a police water truck to Shendi, from where we took a bus back to Khartoum.
Inside and outside the entrance to the pyramids are stalls or displays of things for sale. They vary from handicrafts to coins, jewellery ,stones and other 'old 'things.The nice thng is the salesmen who try to encourage you to look at their goods, but do not haggle or annoy you like their counterparts at sites in Egypt.Nothing, except coins and...more
You won't get any souvenir shops at Meroe Pyramids but if you would like to take home something, you can buy from some locals at the entrance. You can bargain if you like but the prices are already quite good. Choose from musical instruments made of turtle shell & goat skin or mini pyramid shaped like the ones in Meroe. Non of these are made in...more
Few sites will have toilet facilities, but the site at Bejrawiya does. The toilet is just a hole in the ground, but it is kept clean. However there are no facilities for washing your hands, nor toilet tissue provided. Therefore, it is advisable to take either a toilet roll or moisturised wipes when travelling anywhere outside the capital or the...more
The monuments at Begrawiya are quite fragile, although over two thousand years old. Early explorers deliberately damaged the tops of the pyramids in search of treasure. Adventurers and visitors have carved their names into the blocks, sometimes even defacing ancient carvings.I know of some enlightened visitors [supposedly] who thought it fun to...more
Taking a camel ride in Meroe. The camel owners will offer you a cheap price up front to get your business and beat out the the competition (the other 3-4 camel touts). Go out there with what you want to spend and nothing more since that cheap price you negotiated at the start of the ride will go up at the end or they will try and charge you for a...more
According to Below line I worried to pay Viedo permit fee.But when I got to there Meroe nobody asked me to pat the fee.I think she had been cheated by guides.No more you don't need to go to Sudan national museum to buy travel permits including Meroe.You can pay it in front of the gate.This is updated information. (July 2007)more
Be mindful that this is the desert so dress for it. Always protect yourself from the sun, heat & sand by wearing a hat, comfortable cotton clothes and comfortable walking shoes, preferably trainers because hot sand might dry & burn your feet if you wear sandals
Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water and a small snack, in case of dehydration
Scattered around a large area surrounding the city of Meroe, are other, badly ruined temples, most of which you are not permitted to enter. Our driver took us on a sightseeing tour by car - driving around the outside of these temples and stopping for us to take photographs.more
A little distance away from the main site at Meroe, is the Royal City. You need to driver off the main road - no signs - across the desert and the railway line. There is a keeper of the site, who will let you in. It is a short walk from the entrance to the city, which is basically just a great big heap of stones!more
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...more
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. 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...more
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! :-) Most of the surrounding area is flat and featureless, but the pyramids...more