Jabal al Awliya' Travel Guide

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Jabal al Awliya' Things to Do

  • By the White Nile

    It is quite common to see families having a picnic by the Nile. As mentioned elsewhere it is not advisable to go into the water as bilharzia is to be found there,However to sit by the water in the shade of the trees with a picnic, or even a barbecue is an enjoyable occasion.Some of the fishermen may agree to take you out in their boats at a price.

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  • fresh fish

    To the right of the bridge in Jabel Awliya there's a small bluish restaurant. It's more like one woman cooking your meals (specifically fish). It's an outdoor restaurant, you go there with family or friends to enjoy your meal while inhaling the fresh air of jabal awliya.

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  • Great place for a picnic

    The season between "winter" and summer is a great time for a picnic or BBQ at the banks of the Nile. At this time, the temperature is hovering around 30 deg C and the sky is clear. Drive across the dam to the other side and find yourself a spot, preferably under a tree, and have a picnic or start a BBQ. The scenery is serene and lovely. You can...

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Jabal al Awliya' Transportation

  • How to get there

    If you're travelling independently, then head south out of Khartoum, along the White Nile and keep going till you get to Jebel Aulia.You can also get there by public transport - buses leave from Souk Arabi in Khartoum and will drop you about a 10-15 minute walk from the dam.

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  • The bus from Khartoum

    From an unspecified place behind Souk Arabi, buses head to Jebel Awliya, costing 1000 pounds (100 dinar) one way, taking just over an hour. They drop you off in the town centre, and the dam is about a 10 minute walk away. If you have any trouble finding the bus, then try shouting "Jebel Awliya" to a few bus drivers in Souk Arabi!

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    by uglyscot Written Feb 16, 2011

    Men with baskets of fish for sale can be found on the dam. The varieties available are tilapi [bulti], bayad and catfish. Normally a basket will hold four or 5 large fish and many more smaller ones.
    It is wise to bargain as the price can drop by as much as a third with persistance. The salesman will skin and fillet the fish for an extra £5 Sud.

    What to buy: Tilapia or bayad

    What to pay: 3kg will cost about 40 SDG when skinned and filletted.

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Jabal al Awliya' Warnings and Dangers

  • Extra guests

    When we set up the BBQ at a rather secluded area away from the dam, we still had all sorts of extra guests coming over to our camp. Old men, women with children, young boys and even the goats & sheeps magically appear. At first, we didn't want to give but eventually we gave them some food and water. Then they came back, stood around us and won't...

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  • No Photos...military zone!

    Be careful where you point your camera in Jebel Awliya. Don't take any photos of the dam (or at least, don't do it from the town), and don't photograph the military installments next to the dam. The soldiers on duty were friendly enough, and allowed one of us to take a photo of them standing on the dam, but without them in the photo, it is strictly...

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    by maykal Written Nov 17, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Taking rest is a very Sudanese thing to do, and in Jebel Awliya you'll find several people demonstrating this highly difficult skill...the really skilled take their rest a ten minute walk from the bus stop, at a small "beach" right next to the dam. They bring picnics with them, towels, and fishing rods, or sometimes just recline under a tree with a chicha. The less skilled (i.e. the foreigners or the plain insane) head across the dam, preferably in the heat of the midday sun, and collapse with no water or food under some trees on the other side. But either way, Jebel Awliya is the perfect place to practice the art of taking your rest...there isn't anything else to do!

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