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  • Along the way from the Nimule to Juba
    Along the way from the Nimule to Juba
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  • Agriculture

    the Sudan is still basically an agricultural country. Its main crops are sorghum, peanuts, sesame, wheat, gum arabic and dates

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  • Safety & moving around

    That is really not true in regard to unsafe especially in moving around. But credit cards are completely not accepted even in major hotels. Moving around though is very safe especially in Khartoum and North Sudan, maybe a bit harder in west and south.the people and safety are the most thing you will feel if you are in khartoum.enjoy your stay and...

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  • Sudan: an improbable place to have a fun...

    I went to Sudan in late Feb/early March 2009. Waleed Arafat, a tour guide and fixer in Khartoum, got me my visa. It wasn't easy and it wasn't cheap -- about $150. His email is waleed.travel@gmail.com, and his web site is www.lenditravel.com. I loved Sudan; I had a great time. Waleed could also advise you on how to rent a car if you want to visit...

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  • Cash is king

    As as in most of Africa..they don't take American Express here. Western ATMs do not work here. I took cash but the dollar sucks right now and wish I had Euros. There is an exchange in the airport that will give you a decent rate but when you are on the street you will need to bargain a bit. The larger hotels will take your dollars or euros as...

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  • Sudan The City Trail guide to Khartoum...

    the rest of Sudan by City Trail publishing (www.thecitytrail.com). Hey LP books are great and I have more than a few of them on my bookshelf but for Sudan this one is the best IMO!Why you ask? It is geared towards budget travel and the uniqueness of Sudan. Sudan is a tough place to figure out as a tourist since most of what is written about it...

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  • Permits etc...

    If you want to do much in Sudan you need a permit...a permit to travel outside of Khartoum and one to take pictures.With all the negative attention from the media in the west the Gov't had said no more to this crap..they don't want you going to certain places ie: Darfaur etc..and they don't want pictures taken of starving children...those can be...

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  • Maps

    There are not a lot of maps of Sudan available. You might find some general maps on the Net.On www.openstreetmap.org/ you'll find a quite good map of Khartoum.In the Citytrail guide (see my tip "Guidebook") you'll find maps of Khartoum and several other cities.On Google Eart you'll find quite good satellite pictures of most Cities. Some of my tips...

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  • Guide Book

    It was quite difficult to find information about traveling in Sudan. Virtualtourist.com is the best site I found. But I like also to have a guidebook. This is handy when you travel.After a lot of searching, I found a very good guidebook published in 2008. All the other guidebooks available (if they are still available?) are much older.I can only...

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  • GPS in Sudan

    I brought my GPS receiver with me wanting to add content to the OpenStreetMap of Khartoum and to draw one for El Obeid. But I soon realized that the GPS isn’t very precise. Taking the coordinates of exactly the same point with an interval of a few minutes, I got coordinates that where about 60m apart, despite a supposed precision of 8m. I suppose...

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  • Money

    No credit cards are accepted in Sudan. There are now a lot of ATMs around Khartoum, but they seem to work only with the banks own cards.So you’ll have to carry cash with you. You can exchange US$ and Euro in most banks, even in the small towns. But it is worth to compare the rates. In Khartoum, the Bank of Khartoum gave me a good rate, in El Obeid,...

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  • Paperwork: registration and permits

    Expect to spend 2-3 days on paperwork in Khartoum before you can go on to other destinations. The offices are open roughly from 9am to 2 pm, except fridays and saturdays.- RegistrationForeigners must register with the foreigner registration office after their arrival.Try to have this done by your hotel. I tried to do it alone (and I get along quite...

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  • Sudan is a great place to visit

    I'm an American who recently spent two weeks traveling in Sudan. Khartoum and points north are perfectly safe, and you don't need a travel permit to go there. You do need permits to visit the archaeological sites, though they aren't expensive, and someone will always come up out of nowhere to collect them. It's not clear that you can buy the...

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  • Friendly and hospitable people

    The best thing about the Sudan is the people themselves. They are a gentle, friendly and, generous and hospitable nation. Life in the Sudan is very hard with shortages,a harsh climate, and being dubbed as being in the Axis of Evil. I have met many travellers who say they have had their greatest holiday in the Sudan and never felt any hostility or...

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  • get travelling early

    it seems obvious in a hot country to start travelling early in the morning before the roads get busy and the temperature rises.When I was teaching at the university, I sometimes had lectures at 7 a.m. and we lived outside the capital I learned to enjoy the early start, except in winter.EARLY MORNING TRAVEL [1977]Pylons, posts and treesFlash...

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  • Music and dancing

    Music and singing are not usually associated with Islam, apart from the medih [religious chanting] which is not accompanied by instruments.However, music plays a large part in social celebrations like weddings , engagements ,zar and general jollifications in Khartoum and the Central Sudan..For engagements, women’s henna parties etc the singers are...

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  • Goats

    Goats are a mixed blessing in the Sudan. They can be seen wandering around town and countryside foraging for anything to eat. They frequent rubbish heaps, eat trees and plants when the gate to your house is left open. In some cases they eat the clothes off the rope and sheets off the bed.But they are a blessing to the poorer people who depend on...

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  • Limited Banking Options

    There are only two Major Banks in Sudan: Bank of Sudan Est. 1960Gamma avenueKhartoumAlBaraka Bank Est. 1984Hashim Hago Bldg.KhartoumThis is a classic case of a country in which cash or travelers checks are king.

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  • The People and Culture

    Sudan is a fascinating mixture of Africa and the Arab world! Its people inhabit a land that varies from hot, often windswept deserts in the north to lush savanna and forests in the south. The Sudanese are warm and hospitable people, for the most part approachable and friendly to Americans. It is, however, the official government that is hostile to...

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  • Smiles

    The warm and welcoming smiles of the local people are almost worth the discomfort and danger involved with visiting this country. The village of Um Rawaba had so many children who could not have been more excited to see an American woman being hosted locally. They were the best part of the entire experience!

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  • Money & Prices

    The Sudanese currency is the Sudanese Dinar (SDD). But the Sudanese don´t like the Dinar (for whatever reason) and so they still count in the former money called Sudanese Pounds. One Dinar is ten Pounds. When you buy something in the street or at the market is very likely that the price will given in Pounds. But to confuse the foreigner a bit more...

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  • Internet &Telecommunication

    The Internet has reached Sudan since a couple of years. In every city are internet places. Connections are not too fast but ok to check emails. In Khartoum are Internet Cafes i.e.in Afra Shopping Centre or in the Net Café in the General Post Office. One hour is about 300 SDD. Phone calls are cheap compared to other African countries. Vodafone cards...

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  • Registration & driving licence

    Registration– everybody needs to register with police in Sudan. Officially this has to be done within three days in Khartoum but its also possible to do that at other police stations. One photo and 6000 SDD are required! If you intend to stay in Sudan for a longer period its worth applying for a local driving licence. The procedure takes only...

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  • Swimming in Khartoum

    Swimming in Khartoum is possible. There is a swimming pool on Sharia el Nil about 300 m west of the Blue Nile Sailing Club. Women and men are separated! One day its only opened for women, the next for men!The next option is to go swimming in the Blue Nile. Its said that there is no Bilharzias in it due to the current. A popular swimming spot is...

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  • Books

    Interesting books about the region are “Sie alle wollten Afrika” by Gerhard Konzelmann, “White Nile” & “Blue Nile” by Alan Moorehead. These books give a lively impression about the history of the region.

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  • Camels

    The Arabian camel (one hump) is known as Ata Allah in Arabic - God's gift.A camel can go 5-7 days without food and water.The camel was imported to Africa from Persia hundreds of years ago. It is belived that camels lived in North America as long ago as 40,000 years.Wild camels are only found in the Gobi Desert.Camels are known as Ships of the...

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  • Walking

    To spare the camels, everyone was expected to walk for the first hour of the day. This gave the camels, and the travellers, a chance to limber up too. Michael, in his website, recommends walking during the cooler time of the day and riding as the day warms up. This does seem like very sensible advice.

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  • The guide

    As well as Michael, we had a local guide, Osman. He spoke very little English, however, his English was better than my Arabic! He was always very eager to please and help out the travellers in any way he could.

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  • Michael Asher

    One of the main reasons I chose this particular tour to Sudan, was the camel trek lead by Michael Asher. I have read his book "The Impossible Journey" at least five times, and the thought of meeting him in person, was very exciting. Michael lived up to all my expectations. Not only is he probably Britains greatest living desert explorer with a...

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  • The Cook

    In addition to Michael Asher, our leader, Osman the guide and the five camel handlers, we aslo had a cook, Muntassa, travelling with us. Michael had especially picked him as he had cooked for previous expeditions, including film crews. However, he had never ridden a camel before! We felt he did very well, considering it was his first time, and...

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  • The people

    The people of Sudan are amongst the most hospitable and friendly people you could ever wish to meet. The country not being ruined by tourism, people do things because they want to, not because of the tourist dollar. Unlike many places in Africa, the people here in Sudan love to have their photograph taken and will queue up to pose for you. By...

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  • Find out some more about Sudan...

    If you're off to Sudan some time soon, or more likely just want to find out a bit more about the country, an excellent online resource is www.sudan.net.As well as brief and a bit out of date political and statistical info, it contains excellent news archives of all major news stories on Sudan from news agencies and newspapers all around the world....

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  • Travelling in Sudan... just how bad is...

    Sudan is simultaneously a very difficult and very easy country for a tourist to travel in. It's hard because there is very little tourist infrastructure - no helpful tourist information offices and there's no Lonely Planet guidebook to help you here. Journeys other than between the main cities mean crowded old buses and sharing truck space with...

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  • Under the stars

    The weather in Sudan is ideal for sleeping outside. Most houses drag their beds into the yard, and I soon became addicted to waking up outdoors and falling asleep under the stars. The sky is jet black and beautiful and even in the cold of winter I used to sleep outside. I'd wake up freezing cold but I still preferred it to sleeping indoors. After...

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  • An unexpected present!

    I told you living in Sudan was at times a bizarre experience. For example...I was doing some work for a daily newspaper called the Khartoum Monitor. An English language paper, it was run and read mainly by southern Sudanese and gained a reputation as being an anti-government opposition paper. Now Sudan has all the usual 'third world' problems in...

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  • Dreaming of a White Nile Christmas

    Christmas in Northern Sudan is, as you'd imagine, quite an unusual experience. I had one xmas in Khartoum and had a fantastic time. It's a minor Muslim holiday too so everyone has the day off, but for most of the activity it's obviously best to focus on the city's Christian and foreign communities.After a day with some Muslim friends, I spent Xmas...

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  • Internet

    Anyone who has tried to contact me over the past year will realise that internet access in Sudan is patchy at best. In Khartoum, Omdurman and Bahri, there are many internet cafes with state-of-the-art (or nearly) computers and fairly fast connections, and an hour usually costs just over US$1 (between 200 and 400 pounds). However, electricity being...

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  • Head North and see the Meroe...

    Head North and see the Meroe Pyramids, an amazing place and a good spot to take some photographs. The people of Sudan are amoungst the friendliest I have encountered in all my travels. Unlike other places in West and North Africa you very rarely come across conmen and people who approach you in the street are genuinely interested in you and where...

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  • ...get to know the people....

    ...get to know the people. Which will not be hard, as they are incredibly friendly and hospitable. Many speak rather good English too and are very eager to speak to foreigners. Do not mistake this for begging or an attempt to take advantage of you in any other way, on the contrary. During my two-week stay, i was approached by total strangers nearly...

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  • The Khartoum Fair: Usually...

    The Khartoum Fair: Usually held in March, this event brings together samples of all of the cultures that exist within this amazingly diverse country. You see everything from the desert nomads demonstrating their fantastic storytelling and poetry skills to truly exuberant dances from the Nubians and Mahass of the north to the Shulouk and Nuer of the...

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  • Narviking's General Tip

    My fondest memory of Sudan is the wonderful hospitality of the sudanese people and the nice days I spent in Port Sudan with my friend Babiker and his family. THE PHOTO: MY FRIEND BABIKER WITH HIS WIFE AND KIDS.

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  • You must eat their food. It's...

    You must eat their food. It's different and it could make you sick. However, it is one trip you will not forget. YOu should, if you can visit the Sudanese pyramids. It is an ancient ruin that was built by the Egyptians in the olden days. YOu also should visit the Muslim musque. It is quite different from our regular church day. If possible, and if...

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