The bus to Kosti is comfortable enough though the road itself is bumpy in places. The trip lasts 4 hours. A film is shown, snacks are provided, but there are no toilets or stops to allow people to relieve themselves, so go canny on the liquids.
It costs 25,000Sd =$12 US for a single journey.
Near Kosti are some of the largest sugar factories : Kenana Sugar Factory, Asalaya Sugar Factory, and soon Kenana 2 Sugar factory.
After a long period of sugar shortages in the 1980s, the Sudan is now exporting quantities of sugar and is self sufficient in the commodity.
Kenana was a custom built town on the road from Sinnar to Kosti. Asalaya is across the river on the east bank of the White Nile. The new Kenana 2 factory will be at Kawa, north of Kosti on the main Kosti-Khartoum road.
the rural areas of Sudan are not very exciting for a tourist who likes to see man-made structures, enjoy night-life etc. They give those with a more adventurous outlook on life the chance to see life as it was a hundred years and more ago. No civilization as Westerners recognize it, just simple people living their traditional way of life.
One of these traditional things is trading in livestock. Sheep and goats are bought for food, or sold for breeding. So most towns have a weekly market, or even daily.
One such place is Rawat down near the Upper Nile Province border.
There are a number of sugar factories in central Sudan. the largest is at Kenana [see also Sinnar, off the beaten track] not far from Kosti, and at Asalaya also nearby. across the White Nile on the east bank.