Under The Radar
The forgotten pyramids of Meroë were once the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, now modern-day Sudan. Though it was founded around 750BC, Meroë was not named the Kushite capital until 590BC after the fall of Napata. Ruled by the Nubian kings, Meroë thrived along a well-formed trade route that provided resources for the region. This UNESCO World Heritage Site now stands as a reminder this ancient civilisation's history and is a place of burial for the former kings and queens of the lost nation.
Meroë is on the eastern bank of the Nile River in Northern Sudan, approximately 200 km (4 hours drive) northeast of Khartoum.
Catch a bus to Shendi and then a taxi for the remaining 47km to Meroe.
Visitor permits can be purchased from the National Museum in Khartoum. There are no cafés or toilets at the site so come prepared.
The area is prone to civil unrest and the threat of terrorism so check travel advisory information before heading there.