Wad Medani lies on the west bank of the Blue Nile. there has been some attempt to utilize the embankment area in the centre of town by making parks and an area to walk and enjoy the view.
In the southern part of Wad Medani we visited a private nursery where you could see people swimming across to the east bank and splashing and enjoying themselves even on a January afternoon.
The peaceful scene is interrupted by the chug chug of electrical pumps drawing water from the river to water the trees and grass in this and other nurseries and farms.
After Khartoum, Omdurman and Juba Universities, Gezira University was founded and built at nashashibi on northern part of Wad Medani. there are Faculties of Arts, Agriculture, Economics, Engineering, Medicine.
The campus is on a large tract of land, walled in by a brick wall, west of the Nile on the road leading to Hantoub Bridge. It is not far from the new Hospital.
The road from Khartoum to Wad Medani is the main highway to Port Sudan. It is used by buses ,articulated lorries as well as other transport. Although the road is tarmac, it was not constructed to carry the volume or loads that it has today. Pot holes are rapidly filled, but not much can be done about the noticeable ridge/ruts on the lane coming from Port Sudan and going to Khartoum. It is a very stress-inducing drive, especially at night when the headlights are blinding and give no indication as to the size of the oncoming vehicle. Add to that , some people drive off road and their headlights are quite confusing too.So anyone who dares to drive here, needs to be especially careful and be on constant alert for oncoming madmen trying to overtake, pedestrians, animals,and unexpected barrels at police check points.
A further distraction is that as you approach Medani there are numerous advertisements for a mobile phone company attached to posts every few metres along the road. They have a hand with one or two fingers, a fist or a pointing hand. Most distracting.