Abu Ramla Sahara Expedition

Expedition to the „Land of the Sunburned Faces”

Almasy’s commemorative plaque


A Hungarian tribe, the so called Magyarab

László Almásy

The ancient Nubia


The Abu Ramla Sahara Expedition was established in the early 2000 with the aim of re-discovering the Eastern Sahara region that the legendary Hungarian explorer László Almásy visited, described and discovered during his travels in Egypt, Sudan and Libya.

We borrowed the name for our expedition from László Almásy himself, who was called by local Saharan tribes: “Abu Ramla” or “Father of the Sand”.

Initially, the Abu Ramla Sahara Expedition planned in November 2003 to visit three ancient capitals of the Kushite Kingdoms: Kerma, Napata and Meroe in Sudan. These archaeological sites are registered in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Our expedition returned to Nubia in 2004 and 2006 to collect more photographic and video evidences of ancient cultures.

This multimedia collection was presented for the first time in Hungary in 2004  and it showed a comprehensive visual documentation of these ancient sites that nowadays still remain largely inaccessible and difficult to visit due to Sudan’s internal conflicts and political instability.

The Abu Ramla Sahara Expedition has also captured photographic materials and film of those areas where the remains of Kushite royal tombs can still be observed.

The purpose of our expeditions was to present and preserve through photography and video, culturally interesting areas that could not become popular tourist destinations due to their geographical location or political environment.