The pyramids at Nuri are only a shadow of what they must have been. Originally there were 82 pyramids, but now only 20 are still standing. Many of these are in poor shape.
It is not easy to get close to most of them because of the sand dunes that have encroached the site. Walking in the sand is hard work.
No matter how often I see the Sudanese pyramids, I admire the fact that they gave us these signs of a past civilization in a land where the hostile environment destroys much so quickly.
They may not have the grandeur of those from Egypt , but have a character of their own. They are tall and narrow with a much steeper inclination. These at Nuri are in a pretty poor state , but better examples can be seen at Barkal and Bejrawiya.
Sudan is not the easiest place to travel in. Now the infrastructure in the Northern State has improved because of the new Merowe Dam, and we were delighted to see how many tarmac roads there were connecting villages and towns. This means the tourist sites are more easily accessible from Khartoum. There is an International airport under construction at Merowe too. However, backpacking is not easy because of the climate and terrain. Four-wheel drive vehicles are still the best for moving around in such areas.
Some areas of this northern region are poor and so begging is likely to occur. Foreigners and wealthy-looking Sudanese are obvious targets. Often the children can be distracted with small gifts like pens, but unfortunately I had nothing, and even when I gave a little boy a couple of sausages , he shared them with his friends, which made me feel even worse.
So any small thing- sweets, pens, erasers etc would please the children; even taking a photograph.