About Bayuda Desert

Find out more about Bayuda Desert and discover one of the great wonders of Sudan.

The Bayuda Desert is located north of modern Khartoum, Sudan, west of Kadabas, and south of the Nubian Desert, together making up part of the Sahara Desert's eastern flank. It is located at 18°N 33°E. Within the desert can be found the Bayuda Volcanic Field.
Once the southern half of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, characterised by its black volcanic rock structures, and continuing subject of considerable international geological, archaeological and historical interest, the Bayuda Desert today is home to the Bisharin and to other smaller nomadic pastoralists.

Located directly north of Khartoum, in Northern Sudan, inside a giant loop of the Nile, the Bayuda Desert is roughly 300 kilometres square, its south-eastern border marked by Meroe, and by Kamil in the south west, and is contiguous with both the Northern and Nubian deserts, between which it is sandwiched.

While – geologically speaking – dominated by the results of prehistoric volcanic activity, the Bayuda Desert is not as one dimensional as one would expect, with acacia forests, classic sand sheets, green dry wadis and savanna plains adding topographical complexity to an otherwise unrelenting stone landscape. As in all desert habitats, the beauty of the Bayuda lies in the detail, and in the time it takes to get used it. The light here is extraordinary, as is the sky at night, and the desert supports a surprisingly high number of desert specialists, not least the Dorcus gazelle.