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 also have trams.
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.
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 town's mosque where boys play football in the afternoons. Other than the local Tutians, people from other parts of Sudan have settled here e.g South Sudanese.
Close to the local cafe areas, the smell of fried fish fills the air and more people congregating to socialize or buy their cold drinks from one of the small shops that line the street. There is also one main asphalt street that runs for maybe a mile or so but I suspect once the bridge from Khartoum is completed, that street will connect to many other areas on the island
After a day of walking around farms & "gardens", you'll probably want to stop and have some refreshments. Close to the ferry point (Omdurman side), there are several huts where tea ladies make hot drinks for you to drink & relax. For only SP0.50, you can sample a small glass of hot sweet local beverage and even talk to the locals.
From the ferry point, you can hire one of these Bajaj to take you around the island. The three-wheeled vehicle may not look like much but it has gained my respect after bringing my friends & I through farms, lemon groves and uneven rough roads without any trouble. They are very maneuverable and is able to go off road into the smaller lanes, especially in between the houses
We had to negotiate a price before we got on because we wanted the Bajaj driver to bring us around the island and he charged us SP20 (approx. $10) for the few hours of exploring
Getting to Tuti Island is not difficult but right now, the only means of getting there is by using the public boats or ferry between Khartoum & the island. Each boat carries around 20 passengers, all squeezed in mainly because the boatmen try to make as much money in one trip. So I sit close to the lifebuoy just in case of anything. The trip across the river takes around 5-10 min and is quite pleasant
You can get on them from Nile Avenue, just opposite Friendship Hall & the new Borg al Fateh building. Fares are also cheap, about SP0.50 or 50 Sudanese Dinars (approx. $0.25) and leave just as soon as they get enough passengers to fill the boats
Note : Once the bridge between Khartoum & Tuti Island is completed, I doubt they will continue running these ferries anymore