in a terrible state of repair
This city would have been impressive during its day
Ok....did not do this and regret it.....If you come by bus from Port Sudan you will get dropped off a couple hundred yards from the historic part that you have to pay a couple of bucks to enter. My driver took me right up to the front of the Kitchners gate where you pay the folks in the office to the right. Anyway the town itself is kind of a...more
The obvious attraction is the island itself...palace ruins where once a king lived with his 360 wives, Kitchener's old house, and some old buildings from Osman Digna's time (Osman Digna, for those not in the know, is one of the Sudanese heroes, having fought and died for the Mahdi against the British). Unfortunately, to visit, you'll have to pay...more
Ok...don't remember the name of the place as it was just one of many coffee/tea vendors outisde the Suakin Island gate. The locals claim the whole city is haunted...I should have spent more time wandering around here but instead chose to have some tea with my driver.
I don't drink coffee but really enjoy the street side vendors. There are usually butchers around that will cook up some lamb or goat for you also. You sit here with your drink and watch time pass...some of my most memorable moments in Africa have been spent at these places.
The cheapest way to get to suakin is by mini-bus from Port Sudan. It is then a fair distance to walk to the old town, and when we went it was free to walk around, though I believe that has changed.Finding a mini-bus back was more difficult. There were buses waiting, andthe assistant was shoulding 'Two more , two more'. We were 4 but he beckoned to...more
When we were in Suakin we were pestered by children and some men trying to sell us lumps of the coral limestone from which the buildings had been made. Some of the coral is tempting as there are different varieties - brain coral, feathery plant-like pieces and others.However, this is a historic site even if allowed to fall into complete rubble.Also...more
Port Sudan is best visited in the winter when the temperature is pleasant. My first visit was towards the end of June, and I felt that Shakespeare must have been there at some time. Walking to register at the Police HQ, I felt the description of Falstaff in Henry VI Pt I was so true. I truly 'larded the lean earth' as I walked along.In March it is...more
Even though the coast is safe and more relaxed than many parts of Sudan, don't forget to bring all your travel documents with you wherever you go. To walk around in Suakin, we needed to show photocopies of our passports, travel permits, and a letter from our employers in Sudan. I don't know why, but I always get the feeling that the police just...more
Don't pay for them. I am all for supporting the local economy but I can buy food to do that. English is not spoken well here and a good guide book will do ya just fine here.
Unique Suggestions: If you are going to pay...bargain the guy down.
I'd never really thought of camels swimming...I'd always pictured them in the desert about as far from water as possible, but Suakin proved this to be wrong. Crossing the causeway from the island to the mainland, we took a walk along the beach past some ruined buildings and fishermen's boats, and came across a group of camels lounging in the shallows. It is quite a funny thing to see these awkward animals rolling around in the sea, and one them just sat down with the sea covering everything but his hump and his head...you might be fooled into thinking that Suakin has a monster to rival that of Loch Ness!