Actually it's not really a shipyard anymore - just a collection of boats unfit for use even by Sudanese standards! Karima used to be the ship-building centre of Sudan. Not any more. All that's left is some old wrecks on the banks of the Nile. But down by the river is a small beach and a green grassy area. It's very attractive and nice to just sit...more
Beneath Jebel Barkal are the ruins of the ancient Temple of Amun. Jebel Barkal itself was a significant religious site and a temple was built below it. You're free to wander around the temple grounds - there are statues, obelisks, heiroglyphics, many partly hidden by the sand and eroded over the centuries.more
A short walk into the desert behind Jebel Barkal takes you to some pyramids. They're not huge but they're still impressive, particularly given their desert setting. Some are crumbling but generally in good condition, complete with graffiti both modern and ancient. Compared to the precise symmetry of Egyptain pyramids these are quite haphazard with...more
Most nights at sunset, large crowds gather at the base of Jebel Barkal. There's often a party-like atmosphere, particularly on Fridays, and groups of teenagers hanging out there. Many climb to the top, from where there's a fantastic view of the sun setting over the desert, Karima and the Nile. There's often some music and people bring food and tea as well.
There is bus for Karima 6:oo am.
I recommend you hire tax driver in order to go terminal.
(I can not say it is bus terminal, there are many buses scattering)
It takes 9 hours to get Karima, because of frequent stops.
But the bus is pretty good with air-conditioned.
Also thre is a mini bus from Karaima to Atraba.
It is 7:00 am.
Advanced booking is necessary before the departure date.
In case of bus from Khartoum to Karima, there is no need to book.
To reach this are you have to drive across undulating terrain of fine gravel until small pieces of fossil wood gives way to larger pieces.This large area has the remains of so many fossilized trees lying around. I don't know how old they are- millions of years anyway. Some of the trees have broken into sections but are still aligned as one tree, others are just sections.
Fondest memory: In the middle of Karima is a large power station (not as ugly and obtrusive as it sounds). When I first arrived and was looking for a hotel, someone directed me here - and the staff made me very welcome and took me to the hotel. I met up with them again a few times and spent a great night in the power station sat around talking, and then going 'out on the town' for food. They were a great bunch of guys and if you're in town have a wander past, they'd love to see some more foreigners.