These sites were developed during the Meroitic period and although less well known, and even less visited, than Meroe are full of interest. Egyptian, Greek and Roman styles can be seen in buildings all at the same time. There are statues of rams and beautiful gateways scattered amongst the rocks and sand. The Great Enclosure may have been used as a training ground for elephants, depicted everywhere in the bas-relief. Given its arid surroundings today this surely is an example of climate change.

Climate Information

In concert with the rest of northern Sudan the hot months are very hot which can be trying in the desert. The best months to travel are from October to March when the days are pleasantly hot and the nights are warm or sometimes even cold in the desert, especially if there is a wind.

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