Maghabat Khogali is the largest cemetery in Khartoum North. It is associated with Sheikh Khogali whose tomb is in the 1st picture.The mosque of the Mirghani family of the Khatmia sect, who fought against the Turkish domination of Sudan, and wanted closer ties with Egypt is at the southern end.if you have my customs tip about cemeteries in Wilaya el...more
Hop on any bus heading to Omdurman from Bahri, and on the way you'll pass a large covered souq on your right...click your fingers to stop the bus, and you can look round the clothing market which is reputedly the cheapest place to buy material and ready-made clothes. However, don't expect to be able to try on any of the clothes, especially if you...more
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 then stopped to have a coffee. It was Friday so rather quiet. Only a few people around, usually a mixture of locals and foreigners at a table doing business, playing backgammon, reading the newspaper, working on a laptop, or like us just relaxing.
We ordered an espresso and a cappucino. Neither were anything spectacular, and my cappucino was far from hot except the last two sips. There was a wonderful froth on top with some chocolate powder, but I fear it must have been cold milk!
Favorite Dish: We didn't actually eat anything, but looked at the possibilities.
Breakfast costs the equivalent of 15 dollars; the buffet 25 dollars.
The coffee was 2 and a half dollars each.
The hotel is no longer functioning as the company which owns it went bamkrupt, but it remains a landmark from the Khartoum side of the river.
Ity has become common in recent years for people to break their Ramadan fast at a hotel or restaurant. There may be a buffet with traditional Ramadan dishes.When we went to the hotel in September 2008 we found tables set out on the lawns, and decorative lights. Lights are a feature of Ramadan throughout the Arab world during Ramadan, but not in...more
At the Friendship Palace hotel, there is a nice garden on the river with views over to Khartoum...in the evening, it is where Khartoum's rich and famous hang out. You can wander in and out for free, but if you do sit for a drink, expect to pay through the nose for it. We ordered one tea and one coffee, thinking "how much can they charge for...more
As with Khartoum and Omdurman the rickshas are not allowed to cross the bridges, so are popular for making journeys away from the main streets. Arrange fare in advance. The same goes for the minibuses [Amgad] which are more comfortable but also will take passengers to their desired destination. The cheapest form of transport is the public bus, but...more
in the past the main railway station was opposite the hospital in Khartoum, but because of the growing traffic problem and the need for better roads, the railway station was moved to Khartoum North. Plans have been made to upgrade the railways to a wide gauge instead of the narrow gauge at present. From Khartoum North trains go to Wadi Halfa in the...more
From Souq Arabi in Khartoum, head to the west of the mosque to find buses going to Bahri...the route takes you past the University of Khartoum and views from the bridge are quite nice. Most buses will take you straight to the central bus depot of bahri, which is convenient for most of Bahri's limited attractions. From Bahri, you can also get buses...more
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...more
The market has a fairly large number of stalls where all kinds of fruit and vegetables can be found. it is far cheaper to buy from the market than from the small shops scattered throughout town, though buying from carts that can sometimes be found may be even cheaper. the quality is always good. and late afternoon is usually even cheaper than in...more
There is a lot of new building going on, but this also means the people looking after the sites have to 'make' homes for themselves out of cartons, plastic or whatever they can find. Then when the building has progressed , they may move inside until the building is ready to be decorated.
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...more
Crossing the new Menshiya- Hillat Kuku Bridge, plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the brick kilns. if the wind is in the wrong direction the rather strong smell will reach you too. I find the whole process quite interesting, and of historical interest as this is how they would have been made for thousands of years.mud, dung and water would be...more
There are not many places in Sudan where horse riding can be learned or practised. There is the race course in Khartoum itself but I don't know if there is any access for the public except when there are actual races taking place.
There is a small riding school in Khartoum North run by a British woman [Jane Anne]. She has a number of horses, and gives lessons to adults, children and disabled children.
The setting is near the river , and there are dogs belonging to the school, and a goose with attitude!
Lessons begin at half an hour and then when a child feels more confident will be extended to an hour. The half hour costs 25 SDG.
Lessons include how to brush the horse and clean its hooves.
Equipment: Equipment is provided , but if you have your own, so much the better,