Sudan Things to Do

  • National Museum
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Sudan Things to Do

  • Wadi Halfa to Khartoum by train

    It was one of my strangest railway journeys, from Wadi Halfa to Khartoum. I arrived by boat from Assuan the station was easy to find bought my ticket (even if you are on a budget try to get a first class ticket !).The departure time was a bit vage, but eventually the train started to move slowly (slowly enough to finish whatever you did and catch...

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  • Bird Watching

    I just want to share the little that I have found so far from researching my upcoming move to Sudan. From what I can gather (mainly from a birding trip report by Ola ellestrom from http://www.travellingbirder.com/birdwatching/birding_Sudan.php) the best birding site around Khartoum is Tuti Island, located where the Niles meet. This was particularly...

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  • Try molochiya or khudra

    Molochiya is a traditional dish found all over the Middle east. In Egypt they use rabbit as the meat, but in Sudan they prefer to use mutton,the fattier the better, like the sheep's tail.The basic ingredients are onions fried and then boiled with the meat. Salt pepper, coriander and garlic are added.A large bunch of Jew's mallow is then brought,...

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  • diving

    hey dude, hope this ain't late but port sudan has got some of the diving in on the red sea if not possibly the best in th world. here is a link that may help you in you you diving excursion. http://www.scuba.co.uk/Travel/Red_Sea/Sudan/sudandiving.htmnb: pictures scanned from a post card.

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  • Try to see folk lore groups

    I just attended an international reception where a local folklore group performed. The group of singers and dancers are very interesting. One of the group introduced the various instruments they use- from different kinds of drums and stringed instruments, gourds floating in water , and different sized pieces of wood which are beaten like a...

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  • WAVE !

    If you find yourself landing here unexpectedly with KLM or some other airline, you might as well make the most of it. Wave at the ground staff and security guards. You have about 1 hour with nothing to do, so be friendly. All the ground guys waved back. Well, it entertained me.

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  • attend a Sudanese wedding

    Weddings are usually held at weekends [Thursday and Friday evenings], but it is not obligatory. Also during the Eid days they are very common as families congregate to celebrate the Eid, which means more family can attend.When there is a wedding the outside of the bridal houses will be decorated, usually with lights, and a tent will be erected near...

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  • The train to Wadi Halfa

    For a fun, week long adventure, buy a train ticket in Khartoum to Wadi Halfa......the northern most city in Sudan, right on the border of Egypt. It is a two-day train journey and prepare to get dirty, but what a wonderful experiece it is. You take the train up to Atbara along the Nile, and then on to Abu Hamed, where the Nile turns west. From here,...

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  • Keep urself busy!!!

    1. Ozone cafe nice place to chill out and meet local as well as expats location Khartoum 22. Omdurman souks..nice souvenirs and gift shops3. Hilton hotel...poolside restaurant and also Shee-Sha!!!!4. Little India Restaurant for those who fancy some true indian dish..location Khartoum 25. White Nile River

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  • drive into the Gezira

    Outside Khartoum there has also been a lot of development in the past decade. from being flat , desert landscape, there are now towns on both sides of the road, including the new industrial city of Giad. The Gezira province still produces most of the agriculture in the country, irrigated by canalsWith the increase in traffic, the roads have become...

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  • Eat taamiya/felafel

    Everyone who writes about the Middle East mentions felafel. It is called taamiya in Sudan. It is made from minced chickpeas and deep fried. The ingredients vary from one person to another either adding onion, garlic, parsley, dill, egg or not as the case may be. Then spices are always salt, pepper, coriander and red chili pepper [optional], a pinch...

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  • seek shade and water

    Because of the extreme heat [well into the 40s] any shade is welcome, and if there is the river nearby, it is all the better. People like to walk along the Nile , though swimming may not be wise unless on the outskirts of town.

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  • the Nile Corniche

    Part of the development in Khartoum is the extension of the Nile Corniche. It was quite a surprise to see people enjoying themselves sitting having picnics, relaxing on the grass or just strolling along the side of the Nile. Khartoum was sadly lacking in open areas for public relaxation when I left 6 years ago. Now this is changing ,with parks,...

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  • Jebel Awlia

    This dam was completed in 1937 and is approximately 25 to 30 miles south of Khartoum on the Jebel Awlia road. The road is paved to the dam. However, if you intend to cross the dam and travel on the other side, a 4 WD will be needed. The area around the dam itself has a number of large trees and flat grassy land which are ideal for picnics. For...

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  • Beit al-Khalifa

    This is situated opposite the Mahdi's tomb. Once the home of the Mahdi's successor, the house was built of mud and brick in 1887, and is now a museum. It contains relics from Mahdiyya battles, including guns, war banners and suits of mail. An interesting collection of photographs depicts the city of Khartoum at the time of the Mahdi's revolt and...

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  • Tomb of the Mahdi

    On the death of the Mahdi in 1885, the Mahdi's body was entombed in a silver-domed mosque in Omdurman. This was completely destroyed by Kitchener in 1898, when the Mahdi's body was burned and his ashes thrown into the river. In 1947 the Mahdi's son had the mosque and tomb rebuilt. Not surprisingly, it is closed to foreigners, but can be viewed from...

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  • Omduran Souq

    This is the largest in the Sudan, and has an interesting variety of goods on display. Ivory and ebony candlesticks are carved by market craftsmen, goldsmiths and silversmiths fashion all kinds of jewellery in their shop-fronts, and the atmosphere is lively and bustling. The best time to visit is on Friday mornings.

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  • The National Museum

    The National Museum is hard to find amidst the taller and more modern buildings surrounding it, but worth a visit if you're in the city. This dusty old museum contains antiquities and artefacts from several periods of Sudanese history and pre-history, including glassware, pottery, statuary and figurines from the ancient kingdom of Cush. Ancient...

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  • The Sixth Cataract of the Nile

    There are six cataracts of the Nile River -- between Aswan and Khartoum. The First Cataract is in modern Egypt; the rest are in Sudan. Nearest to Kharthoum is the 6th cataract. Given its proximity to the city, it is worth seeing. To see the cataract, you must drive out of Kharthoum for about 2 hours to the Sabaluka Gorge, where the Nile passes...

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  • The Confluence of the Blue and White...

    The historical meeting place of the BLue Nile and the white Nile should not be missed, as long as you are in Kharthoum. Called the "Mougran", the merging point of the Blue and White Niles is an awesome sight, best viewed from the White Nile Bridge. In one of nature's unique phenomena, the two rivers shoulder each other, retaining their distinct...

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  • The Camel Market

    The Souq Abu Zeid, located on the western-most side of Omdurman, is the place where camels are sold. Most of the camels are (wer) brought from Western Sudan, where a number of tribes are traditional camel breeders. The camel market operates daily, but Fridays are the busiest bargaining days.

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  • Background Reading

    If you must go to Khartoum, at least read up a bit on the fascinating history of the city!Situated at the confluence of the White Nile and Blue Nile rivers, the city is a port city and a national railroad hub. It was founded in 1821 as an Egyptian army camp and developed as a trade center (cotton, gum, oil seeds) and a slave market. British forces...

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  • Omdurman

    The old Muslim suburb of Omdurman -- founded by the Mahdi in the 1880s -- is a big attraction. Its famous souq - the largest in the country - has an amazing variety of wares, and the camel market is equally spectacular.Please see also, my background reading tip, to get the most out of this sidetrip. Don't forget to cover up bare arms and legs so...

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  • Scuba Diving

    Port Sudan happens to be an excellent base for some of the Red Sea's best diving. The dive center the Hilton Hotel is the best place to go to check out this possibility. We spent a day diving (no certifications happened to be required, unlike the rest of the country!) and is was a most welcome change of pace from the dusty nad hot streets of...

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  • Meroe Archeaological Site

    The ancient royal cemetery of Meroe is one of Sudan's most spectacular sights. The Meroitic pharaohs thrived from 592 BC until overrun by the Abyssinians in 350 AD. Although they don't compare to Egypt's, the narrow pyramids in their dramatic sand-swept location are well worth a visit; sunset over the distant hills, scattered with ruins, is quite...

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  • The 6th Cataract of the Nile

    About one hour north of Khartoum, hidden behind desert and mountains you will find the 6th cataract of the Nile. It's a beautiful spot and will make an excellent daytrip from Khartoum. As soon as you step out of the car you will be surrounded by people wanting you to pay a lot of money to go on a boat trip. I didn't go with the boat myself but I...

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  • The pyramids of Meroe

    Some three hours drive north of Khartoum is the location for one of the greatest attractions in Sudan, the pyramids. If you don't have much time in the country this is definitely one of the must go's. Not many people know that there are pyramids south of Egypt and most people get surprised to know that there are hundereds of them in Sudan.Most...

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  • Paradise for birders

    The southern regions are more or less untouched. Because of this there is a very wide variety of birds to observe. Even the rare 'Abu Markub' ('Father of the Shoe') can be spotted here. The English name 'Shoebill', the scientific name is 'Balaenicipitidae'. For a long time it was estimated that there were only about 2000 birds left. Due to the war...

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  • The Pyramids of Meroe

    One of the highlights in Northern Sudan is the holy city of Meroë that was the capital of the Kushite Kingdom. Meroë is the name of an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile a couple of kilometres north of the city of Shendi. There are three groups of pyramids, more than 200 in total but many are in ruinous condition. On the main tourist site...

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  • “Whirling Derviches of Omdurman”

    The “Whirling Derviches of Omdurman” are a must see in Khartoum. Every Friday (except during Ramadan) these Sufi-dancing Moslems congregate on the cemetery near the tomb of Hamad el Nil before sunset. Don´t get confused by the few people performing a kind dancing that looks a bit disappointing. This is usually only a warm up. The “real” dancing...

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  • Local Markets

    To me local markets are fascinating! There are always so many interesting things to discover and to see. Don´t miss it!

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  • Local life

    In Sudan it’s very easy to get an invitation to visit a local family. This is a great opportunity to get a closer look into their daily lives. Everybody will happily show you around and explain whatever you want to know.

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  • The local way of travelling

    Travelling in Sudan means to forget about comfort if you do it the local way, especially if want to reach remote areas. Whatever type of transport you will choose it will be crowded if not overcrowded. Take it as it is! Locals will be friendly and curious about a white travelling amongst them!

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  • The Confluence of the NIle

    The confluence of the Blue Nile and White NIle is clearly visible. The best way is from a boat on the Nile near Omdurman, but it can also be seen from Shambat bridge which joins Khartoum North and Omdurman.Although the rivers do not usually look blue or white, the junction can be seen as a white surf as the stronger Blue Nile meets the more placid...

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  • University of Khartoum

    The university is the oldest in Sudan. It is built in a style in keeping with the Arab culture. The oldest part now houses the library.There are verandahs with archways which are cool and shaded.Newer sections and faculties are of red brick, and originally were used as boarding houses.There are green playing fields on east and west. From the main...

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  • Highlights

    Sudan is still an undeveloped tourist destination with less things to do than in other places, but travellers coming here probably come for different reasons. Some of the attractions are the pyramids and ancients ruins along the White Nile north of Khartoum, Suakin and the Red Sea coast with the beautiful underwater world, Omdurman`s Dancing...

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  • Meroe

    One of my main reasons for coming to the Sudan, was seeing the ancinet Kush city of Meroe. In the 4th century BC, Meroe was such a powerful civilisation, it did in fact rule over Egypt for some time.The pyramids of Meroe are slowly being restored, but it is hard to know whether the ravages of encroaching sand will get to it before there is enough...

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  • Desert

    Much of Sudan is covered by desert, so unless you spend all your time in Khartoum, you cannot avoid seeing desert.I once read that the desert is so featureless that it induces sensory deprivation. I can see where that could easily be the case, as there are miles and miles and miles and miles of flat, monotanous, mind-numbing sandy landscape...

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  • Libyan Souk

    One of the most lively markets in Sudan is found in Omdurman - the Libyan Souk. Unfortunately, when we visited it was the second day of Eid and many of the stalls were closed. You can find all sorts of good for sale here, or just soak up the atmosphere by wandering around taking it all in.

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  • Mahdi's Tomb

    Mahdi [Arab.,=he who is divinely guided], in Sunni Islam, the restorer of the faith.The best known Mahdi was Muhammad Ahmad (1844–1885), a Muslim religious leader who declared himself in 1881. Having started his career as a boat builder, he began to hear voices telling him to worship his god. He joined the resistance against the Turks (in 1880s...

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  • Malik

    Kitchener's last gunboat, Malik was brought to the Sudan for the Omdurman Campaign in 1897 in sections on train and camel-back.In 1898 Kitchener became a national hero when he successfully led the British Army in the fight to win back the Sudan. As a result of his victory at Omdurman he was granted the title Lord Kitchener.

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  • The Niles

    At Khartoum, the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile occurs. The White Nile is the name used for the 2300 mile long section of the Nile from Khartoum to its origins in Lake Victoria. The Blue Nile rises from Lake Tana in Ethiopia and flows for about 1000 miles before joining the White Nile at Khartoum to become the Nile on its journey to...

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  • National Museum

    The museum is an interesting chronology of Sudan’s history and contains prehistoric artefacts, axes, caste of bushman’s skull, arrowheads, clay pots, copies of rock paintings from 2500 BC, ivory figures, pottery, alabaster jewellery, swords, knives, scarabs, sarcophagi, stone carvings, cartouches, stelae, large wall pictures from historical sites...

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  • Buhen Temple

    This temple was originally built by the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut who reigned about the year 1500 BC. Parts of it was rebuilt by Tuthmosis III who cut out the queen’s name and replaced by his own in many places. The majority of the scenes on the walls show the king making offerings to the gods. The ancient town of Buhen was on the west bank of the...

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  • The boat yard

    When our guide said we were going to visit a boat yard, I was expecting a large scale industrial site, not just a few wooden planks at the side fo the road. It was, however, very interesting to see how wooden boats are built in the traditional way, using acacia wood.

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