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    National Museum 4: Buhen

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 31, 2012

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    Buhen was a trading centre from 12th Dynasty, declined during the Hyksos period and was reopened in the 18th Dynasty. It lay 25 km south of Aksha west of the Nile. The Temple is quite large and has about 40 pillars, and several rooms. Most walls and pillars are decorated and some retain traces of colour. At the back of the building the room there has brightly coloured though incomplete scenes.
    It is in a covered building which could be open or closed, though I have never seen it opened.

    coloured wall general view fine hieroglyphic document looking through to coloured wall coloured wall
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    Gaddafi's Egg

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 31, 2012

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    The Libyan built hotel [El Fateh Hotel] is called by the locals Gaddafi's Egg because it has the shape of an egg but with a protrusion on top.It is primarily white with windows of bright blue glass.
    Opinions waver between liking it, or hating it. I can't make up my mind. The building is now complete and used as a hotel and conference centre. Guests who have visited say conflicting things about it, so I leave you to stay there and find out for yourself.
    Its name was changed , and I'm not sure if it hasn't changed yet again since the Libyan Uprising.

    El fateh Hotel the egg university avenue The hotel another angle
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    The Annual Flower Show

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 31, 2012

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    The flower show has been held annually since 1968. It has been held at different venues over the decades : Gourashi Gardens, Friendship Hall and Khartoum International Fair Ground.
    It is held either on the last Friday in February or the First Friday in March. Having said that, in 2007 it was opened on Saturday 2nd March!

    There are prizes for the best exhibits in different categories. Exhibitors may be commercial horticulturalists, Government departments [Forest National Corporation], Universities, private nurseries and foreign growers.

    One section offers plants for sale, and many of the exhibitors sell their produce after the prizes have been awarded.
    It is a good opportunity to see what can be done locally, and the chance to buy plants or other things [crafts, pots, seeds].
    It is usually open for a week.

    a beautiful exhibit ornamental cabbages cacti general view more flowers
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    Khartoum City Tour

    by CanDo_55 Written Sep 16, 2011

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    Every Friday there a city tour departs a local hotel, for me it was the best 30 SP I've ever spent. Taking photo's in Khartoum can still be a challenge, even with the permit. For this tour our guide was from the Ministry of Antiquities and we free to take as many pic's as we wanted.....we almost. Meet the Acropole Hotel and sign up for the "City Tour", attaractions and indepth history provided for National Museum, Blue Nile Sailing Club, Omdurman Old Capital and Souq, Fortifications at Kerari battlefield, Mahdi's Toumb, Khalifa's House, the Republican Palace Museum...and best of all....the Dervish Dances at Al - Nil Tomb.

    National Museum Republican Palace Museum Blue Nile Sailing Club Just a pic :) Mahdi
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    Blue Nile Sailing Club - El Malik : Ship on shore!

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you get to the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the first thing you will notice is a gray colored boat onshore about 50m from the riverbanks. The El Malik was formerly one of Kitchener's gunboats that has seen many battles, namely the Battle of Omdurman. After retiring from government service, she was handed over to the Blue Nile Sailing Club and used as its headquarters.

    By the the late 1980s, the El Malik faced another battle, corrosion, and the gunboat faced the possibility of sinking. Ironically, a massive flood in 1987 washed ashore the gunship and it sits there will to the present day. It is still an operational clubhouse where you can hire small boats to cruise or sail along the Blue Nile.

    El Malik ship Blue Nile Sailing Club
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    The Mogran

    by ngorngor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Places to visit in Khartoum
    The Mogran
    Khartoum Mogran, (confluence of the two Niles) is an outstanding natural attraction to its lovers from all over the globe. The area is famed for migratory birds, frolic flowers and various restaurants as well as a family park.
    Museums
    Khartoum is home to several museums, including the Sudan National Museum, The National Museum for Ethnography, Natural History Museum, and the Khalifah House Museum, plus others. They are the must places to visit, as they serve as one stop venues for finding out about the people, culture and history of the largest county in Africa.
    The Mahdi's Tomb
    It is located at Omdurman and encompasses and encompasses an important part of the country's heritage during the Mahdist Era.
    Omdurman market
    This ancient Souq exhibits all types of handicrafts, artifacts, souvenirs and various items of Sudanese folk memorabilia. The market is usually open from 8:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.
    Sheikh Hamad-el-Niles Tomb
    On the western side of Omdurman on Fridays, many dervishes congregate dancing their famous and well-known rites and songs. The practice exemplifies tradition of Sufi in the Sudan.
    Boatyard
    It lies just off shore of the Abu Raouf quarter of Omdurman, on the western side of the Nile, where we can see the manufacturing of traditional boats, the way it have been done for centuries.
    However, the above are not the only to be seen. Khartoum is rich with other attractions that are really breath taking. Among them we may include: - Nuba wrestling, the Camel Market, Abd-el-Qayum Gate, the Nile's Islands, the WWII cemeteries, the church of St. Matthew, king Farouqe's mosque, Sayyid Ali's mosque, the Republican Palace, the Botanical Gardens, west Omdurman's desert and Jebel Awlia, etc.

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    Boat trip to Um Doum Island

    by awladhassan Written Mar 2, 2010

    Rent a boat that can hold twelve people and travel along the Nile southwards to Um Doum Island. It is fresh and enjoyable on the water, and one sees a different picture of Khartoum. There are farms and rest houses along the banks of the Nile, a beach where people have picnics, and then the island itself where childrencan build sandcastles or bury themselves in the sand.
    It is not exactly cheap, but a pleasurable few hours away from the throb of Khartoum's traffic.

    Um Doum Island along the river approaching the island a beach river bank at sunset
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    See Khartoum War Cemetery

    by uglyscot Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Khartoum War Cemetery is marked with a sign before the turning to it. It is hidden away on one side by a high wall nowadays, but the other side in a roadway near Hai El Matar and the Military area is home to the International Community Club and also ST Francis' School.
    The cemetery is entered through attractive black wrought iron gates. In the centre of the area is a cross and around it row upon row of to my eye typical war burials, although this also a public cemetery .
    Somehow the way it is hidden away seems to deny the sacrifice made by the soldiers. But, it also secures it from the view of potential vandals.

    Khartoum War Cemetery in afternoon the cemetery in early evening cemetery at sunset
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    Omdurman boat builder

    by flynboxes Written Nov 14, 2009

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    They still build boats by hand. Along the river in Ombdurman there is a man that builds every day...no power tools here folks. It is a bit of an impressive sight to watch this guy work..there are numerous tea/coffee stands nearby to relax and watch the guy work...there is another guy next to him that builds chairs out of logs.

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    Khalifa's House in Omdurman

    by Hut2009 Written Aug 6, 2009

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    Khalifa was the second in command of El Mahdi. His house has been transformed in a Museum.

    The house itself is interesting to see, a beautiful example of the traditional mudd-brick building that is getting lost nowadays. It shows a lot of objects from the days of the Mahdi and exhibits on the weaponry used in his days. It even shows one of the first automobiles imported into Sudan. It has some very interesting plumbing that was added later by the British.

    Most displays are labeled in English. But when I was there, an English speaking Sudanese, slightly disabled, showed me around and explained everything to me. He was very happy with the SDG 5 tip that I gave him.

    The entrance fee is SDG 1.50, even if the ticket only shows SDG 1.00.

    A room in Khalifa's house with my guide A beautiful old mudd-brick building The first car ever imported to Sudan Old gears and a wooden bodywork

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    Ethnographic Museum

    by Hut2009 Written Aug 6, 2009

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    A very interesting place. The recently redecorated Museum is an interesting place to see. It shows a lot of objects and displays of the life of the different tribes of Sudan.

    It is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, on mondays and fridays from 8.30am to 12 noon and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. No entrance fee.

    Well done displays 'Luxury' travel on a camel

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    Mogran: Family Park on the Nile

    by Hut2009 Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    As I mentionned in my travelogue, Khartoum is completely dead on a week-end. If you want to see how Sudaneese spend their week-end, go to the Mogran Family Park at the confluent of the two Niles after the noon prayer.

    You'll pay an entry fee of SDG 1 per Person and if you, or your kids, want to enjoy the luna park like attractions, you'll have to pay SDG 2 per ride.

    But just to walk through the place and having a drink in one of the open-air places is an experience. You'll see people squatting the lawns with blankets on which the whole family enjoys the week-end with the kids playing around.

    Families enjoying their day off A lot of activities for the kids

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    The Tallest Building

    by uglyscot Written Jul 25, 2009

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    With so much development, new buildings are springing up all the time. The tallest one at present is The Sudatel Tower, I think, which is situated near the Blue Nile at the southern end of Nile Avenue. It is not unattractive as large buildings go. I should imagine the views from the windows must be very nice overlooking the river.

    Sudatel Tower Sudatel Tower again another angle
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    A pleasant evening on the shore of the Nile

    by Hut2009 Written Jul 25, 2009

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    The Blue Nile Sailing Clunb is situated on Nile Street, just West of the new Bridge to Bahryia, opposite the St. Mathews Cathedral and the Kuweit Tower.

    It is a private club, but for a fee of SDG 5 per person you can enter.
    A nice, quiet place on the nile with small playground for kids.

    They serve soft drinks and hot beverages, but the service is very slow.

    On Fridays the place is squatted by expat families (mainly from Arab countries) and you might not find confortable chairs.

    Kitchener's boat was given to the club and washed by a flood to the center of the club where it sits, rotting slowly.

    The club is nothing extraordinairy, but the location on the Nile is nice, especially in the evening.

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    National Museum 6:Kumma temple

    by uglyscot Updated Jan 28, 2008

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    When I last visited the Museum, the temple on the east bank of the 'river' was called Semna east, but now the sign calls it Kumma Temple. It doesn't look much at first glance but inside is different. The main entrance leads to a long room,and there is a second entrance from the pillared side. A doorway leads to a smaller room and from there another one. Two tiny rooms lead off from it.
    Much of it is decorated but the paint can only occasionally be found still visible.

    entrance lintel headless statue inside temple Osiris and Isis
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