The more than 200 pyramids at Meroë, center of the Kushite Empire from about 300BCE to 300CE, had their tops cut off in 1834 by Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini in a search for treasure. These Nubian pyramids were built on a smaller base than the more famous Egyptian ones, and with much steeper sides.
Sudan – Photo Tip

Protect your gear from sand and dirt

Photo by Richard Dunwoody

Sudan – Photo Tip Protect your gear from sand and dirt

The two photos that stand out most from Sudan are these two images of Mohamed Adim doing the flying leap at the races in Khartoum and the pyramids at Meroe.

Richard Dunwoody
Richard Dunwoody Travel Photographer

The photo below I was very lucky to capture; the crowd, none of whom spoke any English, started shouting “Frankie! Frankie!” and the jockey suddenly leapt into the air right in front of me, Frankie Dettori style. It was not quite as graceful, however, and he was quite lucky not to do himself an injury.

We joined a Wild Frontiers tour to cover a lot of the country. It was a great trip and the second image is a reminder of just how much Egyptology there is along the Nile in Sudan.

Taking pictures in Sudan was generally not a problem. People were mostly quite happy to be photographed, as long as you were respectful and asked first – especially with the women. Security throughout northern Sudan and Khartoum seemed fine and the biggest hazard was the dust and heat.

On the 36-hour train to Wadi Halfa, we were forced to keep a window slightly open and I woke up on the first day to find my camera equipment thickly covered in sand. Fortunately, I had some dry bags with me to protect my cameras and lenses when they were not in use.

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Mohamed Adim performs a flying leap in celebration after taking the South Africa Embassy Cup on Laa Kalaam at the Khartoum Racing Club. Racing takes place on most Fridays between October and May, with the Sudanese Derby in April as the highlight. Photo by Richard Dunwoody

Richard Dunwoody

Richard Dunwoody

Nikon D700

Aperture
ƒ/3.5
Exposure
1/4000
ISO
200
Focal
24 mm

Mohamed Adim performs a flying leap in celebration after taking the South Africa Embassy Cup on Laa Kalaam at the Khartoum Racing Club. Racing takes place on most Fridays between October and May, with the Sudanese Derby in April as the highlight.

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