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Sudan Highlights

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     The people, the history, going somewhere truly unique and intriguing 

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     Hot, hot, hot! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A land of great potential 

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Port Sudan










Khartoum North


Suakin Island


Al Ubayyid


Wadi Halfa'






Al Fashir


Jazirat Tuti






Jabal al Awliya'


Wad Madani






El Kuru


Al Hasahisa






Musawwarat as-Sufrah


Abu `Ushar




Thar Jath







Dongola Island



See all 357 Khartoum Tips
  • Restaurant and Cafe

    Khartoum Restaurants

    There are so many new restaurants and cafes opening in Khartoum, often run by Egyptians and Lebanese. I know the name Spectra from living in Cairo, so thought it might be worth a visit.The restaurant upstairs is pleasant with wooden ceilings and walls hung with posters. There are tables for 4 or banquettes. We chose a banquette and asked for a...

  • Al Salam Rotana Hotel

    Khartoum Hotels

    Africa Road, P.O. Box 12290, Khartoum, Sudan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • High stile Good food

    Khartoum Restaurants

    We went to this restaurant for lunch on January 1st, immediately from the outside you can see that is special place... The the small parking place is full of suv's and other expensive's cars. You can sit inside or outside we choose the first, we sat in a big room with nice tables and pink chairs, we ate a little starter, hummus and cream of...



See all 48 Omdurman Tips
  • old silver

    Omdurman Shopping

    All the merchants with silver to sell are much the same. Some are so trusting they even let my daughter take pieces home to see if she wanted them- she was collecting silver at the time. Once she made up her mind, she went back and paid for it. Old silver. Beads.The silver has been sold by the Rashaida, an eastern tribe originally from Saudi...

  • Spices and herbs

    Omdurman Shopping

    Spice and herbs are found congregated together in the market. They make a colourful display laid out in baskets or basins or jars.Those with allergies beware ;the smell can be pungent, and the fine powdery spices can be irritating to the nostrils.Lentils, haricot beans, fava beans and rice will be found in hessian sacks.Dried dates, dom palm nuts,...

  • The Mulid: The celebration of the...

    Omdurman Local Customs

    Every year there are celebrations for the Birthday of the Prophet Mohamed. The actual date varies because the Islamic festivals are dated according to the lunar calendar. This year the holiday was 15 February 2011. We decided to take the grandchildren to the area beside the Mahdi’s tomb and the Khalifa’s mosque in Omdurman. Similar venues are held...


Port Sudan

See all 21 Port Sudan Tips
  • Diving at the coral reefs

    Port Sudan Sports & Outdoors

    The Red Sea reefs near Port Sudan are still largely unspoiled ,or were a decade ago.The water is clear and warm. The coral reefs can be seen clearly even without diving equipment.The only problem is getting out to the reefs which can be quite expensive if you try to arrange things yourself.I have not got any personal information on agencies.Try...

  • Mercure Port Sudan

    Port Sudan Hotels

    This is an excellent hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, everything that you would want. The...

  • Arrive by air or bus

    Port Sudan Transportation

    Most Europeans arrive by plane on Sudan Airways from Khartoum...they are not the most punctual in terms of being on time due to the restrictions the US has placed on selling Sudan aircraft parts. I took the bus from Khartoum which is roughly a 12 hour ride that departs around 06:00 from either Khartoum or Port will stop in Suakin going...



See all 25 Juba Tips
  • Forget traffic rules

    Juba Warnings and Dangers

    Whatch out when walking, driving or cycling. In the last 20 years or so, there has hardly been any maintainance on the roads which are mostly dirt at the moment. But in the last two years the traffic within the town gets heavier everyday, and most of the drivers or riders are either unlicensed or learners which coupled the poor state of the roads...

  • Security

    Juba Warnings and Dangers

    You may see a lot of guns in the street but its either the Police officers or army personel who still walk around town with the AK47s and stuff. Though there is peace currently, it still reminds most people's of the tradgic war. But having roamed the town all night without anyone asking me a question I got the impression its safe, probably safer...

  • South Sudan visa

    Juba Favorites

    As of April, 2013My friend and I applied for a SS visa at the embassy in Kampala. The process now takes 3 days, costs $100. But you can pay $25 extra to get it done the same day. I applied at 9am and were told to pick it up at 3pm. I took Baby coach bus leaving Kampala at 8.30pm and arrived in Juba at 4pm. The ticket was 70,000. We arrived at the...



See all 53 Kassala Tips
  • A bit about tribes...the Beja tribes

    Kassala Local Customs

    Two famous coffee-drinking tribes of the east, the Haddendawa and Beni Amir are part of the large Beja family of tribes, and are widespread in Eastern Sudan and Eritrea (where they are known as Hedareb), along with the lesser known Halanga tribe. Now, I know several Hadendawa males (my room-mate is one) and know that their traditional dress is a...

  • Termites

    Kassala Off The Beaten Path

    Walking through as-Sawagi, you might come across big clumps of mud and rock which look as if they are just part of the land. On closer inspection, you realise that they are actually termite houses. My Kassalan friends were non-plussed, but having never seen one before, I was quite impressed! They are incredibly solid, and it is hard to believe that...

  • Trees

    Kassala Off The Beaten Path

    A weird sight in Kassala is the symmetrical palm tree. Tall and thin trunks, completely bare, reach great heights before splitting into two, then splitting again, topped off with green leaves. If you look out of the bus as you pass the large cemetery on the way to Khatmiya, you'll see a number of these trees, some looking like candle holders...I...



See all 46 Meroe Tips
  • Hey tourist......

    Meroe Things to Do

    In an attempt to draw tourist the Gov't build some pyramids at the site out of cement to show folks what the pyramids looked like when they were first built...except these are smaller versions of the real thing.Hint to tourism officals in to your buddies in Khartoum and make it easier for tourists to get into the country in the first...

  • Hey, where did the roof go????

    Meroe Things to Do

    For every place of beauty on earth there has to be some retard around to mess it up. In this case the retards were early Indiana Jones's looking for treasure. They took the roofs off several pyraminds and did not find much..go figure - should have done their homework first but the ^^%$&^"s probably could not read?

  • Peekaboo I see.....

    Meroe Things to Do

    Nothing? Yep, you can do the same thing here as you can in Giza except you don't have to walk a 100 yards or so hunched over to see it nor do you have to pay and you can take your camera inside.....



See all 13 Atbara Tips
  • cross with the ferry

    Atbara Transportation

    Nowadays getting to Atbara is quite easy as there is a new tarmac road from Khartoum which takes about 4 hours. Unfortunately it is also used by heavy lorries bringing goods from Port Sudan to Khartoum, which can slow things a lot. In the past Atbara was the main place for the railway- either going north to Halfa, or east to Port Sudan, but it has...

  • the railway

    Atbara Transportation

    In the past the only easy way to get from Khartoum to Port Sudan was by rail via Atbara. Atbara was the HQ for the Sudan Railways Corp. The original rail system was laid by the British, and they made the bridge across the Atbara River which is still in use today for rail , road and pedestrians. However, the bridge is narrow and a new bridge is...

  • The River Atbara

    Atbara Things to Do

    The River Atbara is the last tributary to feed into the Nile. It is seasonal in that the volume increases from June until the end of September. Four times each decade there will be a high flood which causes devastation.It is pleasant to sit beside the river, even to watch the ferry crossing. This tranquil scene has a darker side, though.In the...


Khartoum North

See all 18 Khartoum North Tips
  • coffee break

    Khartoum North Restaurants

    We went to photograph the junction of the Blue Nile and the White Nile from Khartoum North and decided a good spot was the Hotel Palace [formerly called Friendship Palace Hotel] The hotel is a large building and inside is nicely decorated in wood and wrought iron. I was struck at how clean the chairs were- either new or very well looked after.We...

  • Suq Saad Gishra

    Khartoum North Shopping

    Suq Saad Gishra is wellknown in Sudan as having a variety of goods , especially material and clothing. It has been in existence for a long time. Originally the shops were made of mud brick [teen[ , but then built with red bricks. One of the first to use this new building material was called Saad, hence the name.The suq covers a large area and is...

  • See the new mosque at Kafouri

    Khartoum North Off The Beaten Path

    In Kafouri, a new large mosque cannot be missed-as it stands out. It is built in the Ottoman style of Turkey, and like mosques in Egypt [The Citadel], and in The United Arab Emirates [Gulf States]. This type of mosque has numerous domes and minarets. Theis on at Kafouri was built by Qataris.It is very well furnished, with thick carpets, first-class...


Suakin Island

See all 11 Suakin Island Tips
  • Don't buy lumps of coral, and beware the...

    Suakin Island Warnings and Dangers

    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...

  • A guide????

    Suakin Island Tourist Traps

    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. If you are going to pay...bargain the guy down.

  • Explore the working part of Suakin

    Suakin Island Things to Do

    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...


Al Ubayyid

See all 30 Al Ubayyid Tips
  • Internet in El Obeid

    Al Ubayyid Favorites

    It took me quite some time to find an Internet Cafe in El Obeid. It isn’t advertised at all. People who need it probably know where it is. The one I found is in the street of the Bank of Khartoum under a sign saying “Al Hadi Mohammed Husein Krisnallah & Sons“ in a kind of small shopping mall. They have ADSL and several computers with headsets. The...

  • Not really very good

    Al Ubayyid Restaurants

    My travel guide described this restaurant as the only one worth to visit for a taste of 'International' cuisine.I took my friends there for my birthday. The place is richly decorated but the food is just about average, relatively expensive for what is served and the portions are small.The waiter/cook came with a lot of food stains on his...

  • Shopping for food in El Obeid

    Al Ubayyid Shopping

    On the street besides the Sudanese Central bank (not the street where the entrance is, but the side street), you’ll find a row of shops for meat and fruit & vegetables and several small super-markets. One of the super-markets has written “Welcome” in English above the door and the owner, a Christian Sudanese, speaks quite good English and is very...


Wadi Halfa'

See all 8 Wadi Halfa' Tips
  • A little bit of history...

    Wadi Halfa' Local Customs

    Wadi Halfa doesn't seem much of a town, but it isn't really Halfa's fault...when the High Aswan Dam was built and Lake Nasser created, the old town of Wadi Halfa was flooded and the inhabitants moved. Some chose to build a new settlement on the banks of the new lake, which became Wadi Halfa, while others were relocated to a small town in Kassala...

  • Nubian Culture

    Wadi Halfa' Local Customs

    If you've been to Aswan, you'll know all about the Nubians from the great museum there...and you'll know that many of the people who live around this region are Nubian. Those living in Wadi Halfa have their own dialect, called Halfawi or known simply as Rotana (dialect) are a few phrases to try out:How are you? = Sikker fii?I'm fine...

  • Buses across the desert

    Wadi Halfa' Transportation

    If the train doesn't tickle your fancy, I doubt whether the buses will either...converted Bedford trucks make the trip across the bumpy desert (there is no road) to Dongola twice a day, with one bus a day heading all the way to Khartoum. If you choose to take this route, don't drink too much tea beforehand, and make sure you empty your bladder...



See all 3 Yambio Tips
  • 4WD Power

    Yambio Favorites

    Riding bicycles on narrow paths!Roads in this region are not good ones. But you can experience the out-back off-road power of your Four Wheel Drive in this Country of virgin lanscapes My school days in Yambio in the late 1980's are my fondest memories. Walking a mile home, studying under cool tree shades, and sharing laughs with peers.

  • Home to Hospitality

    Yambio Local Customs

    The inhabitants of Yambio are the Azande people. They welcome visitors, share food and drinks as is the hibit in Sudan.

  • Few Restaurants

    Yambio Restaurants

    Very few restaurants exist in this region. I found one between Yambio and Maridi, but besides that did not see any others. Mostly had locals that I was staying with prepare the food. If you enjoy beans and rice and all sorts of variations you'll be happy. Some tasty fruit available as well. Anything that didn't give me TD



See all 15 Barkal Tips
  • enter the Temple of Amun

    Barkal Things to Do

    The temple is cut into the rock of the mointain. If there are a lot of tourists, as there were on our first visit, going into the temple can be unpleasant as it is small, hot and smells strongly of bats droppings. Plus it becomes difficult to see anything clearly.However when we went in December 2008 and were the only visitors, we could see clearly...

  • don't miss the rams

    Barkal Things to Do

    The first time I went to Barkal, there was a coach party there too, so the site was busy. In December 2008 we were the only visitors and the guide was able to give us a lot of information. So, we walked away from the mountain and the clister of ruins to what would have been the entrance to the original site. There we found 6 rams in place leading...

  • Barkal Village and others affected by...

    Barkal Things to Do

    The village lies behind the mountain, and like others faced the floods of 1988, which caused destruction in the area. Houses were destroyed and abandoned, the owners moving to higher ground, building on rocks and outcrops. Driving through is like visiting a ghost town. Originally I thought people may have left to work in the Gulf, or migrated to...


Al Fashir

See all 4 Al Fashir Tips
  • see the war drums

    Al Fashir Things to Do

    Large copper war drums sit in front of the museum.Each tribe would have its own war drums , each with a distinctive sound or tone. When the drums sounded the warriors would prepare their weapons, the women prepare dry food for their men to take to eat .The drums would have a distinctive sound. They were covered with a leather covering.

  • Ali Dinar Museum

    Al Fashir Things to Do

    This little museum has exhibits about the life and times of Ali Dinar. Furniture, drums and weapons are included in the exhibits.Ali Dinar is one of the famous personalities in Sudanese history. In 1916 Sultan Ali Dinar was the ruler of Darfur . At the beginning of the First World War Ali Dinar showed his growing annoyance at the British-led...

  • Late nights...

    Al Fashir Warnings and Dangers

    Although Al-Fashir is pretty safe, do not got after dark....anywhere! Latley, their is a problem with robberies and recently a close family friend of mine got shot by a robber at 9 P.M. who also tooks his car. Due to the recent violence in Darfur, be sure to do anything you want before dark.


Jazirat Tuti

See all 9 Jazirat Tuti Tips
  • Drive across Tuti Bridge

    Jazirat Tuti Things to Do

    The new bridge gives a direct route from Mek Nimir Street in Khartoum to Khartoum North, When on the bridge, other bridges that have sprung up to help ease traffic congestion can be seen. These all help movement between the three towns which used to be served only by the Blue Nile Bridge [also a railway bridge] and Omdurman Bridge which used to...

  • Development approaching

    Jazirat Tuti Things to Do

    Tuti Island has maintain a lifestyle which has been around for generations but with the advent of the new bridge, this patch of land may become the hottest property around. Situated in the heart of Khartoum and close proximity to Nile Avenue, I won't be surprised if new development projects will soon take shape here.

  • Town Center

    Jazirat Tuti Things to Do

    Stepping into Tuti Island, you will find yourself in a different place than Khartoum. It is reminiscent of a small rural area with a small town but you can start to see the signs of change. Huge villas are under construction amongst the traditional houses with small lanes where you can find locals walking by. There is a big field in front of the...


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